Tags : U.S. Senate

House-Passed Marijuana Amendments Stripped From Congressional Spending Bills

House Democrats failed to get a number of marijuana-related provisions attached to large-scale spending legislation after negotiations with the Senate. Reform advocates hoped that the Republican-controlled Senate would agree to adopt measures from a House-passed version of an appropriations bill that provided protections for all state and tribal cannabis programs against federal interference. But negotiators simply agreed […]Read More

Senate Approves Bill Protecting Medical Marijuana States From Federal Intervention

The Senate approved spending legislation on Thursday that extends a provision protecting medical marijuana states from federal interference—but the question remains as to whether a House-passed version with broader protections for all state cannabis programs could still be adopted in the final bill that’s sent to the president. The so-called “minibus” appropriations legislation covers funding […]Read More

GOP Congressman Worries Impeachment Might Hurt Marijuana Reform

Marijuana reform legislation seems to be gaining traction on Capitol Hill during what is undoubtedly the most cannabis-friendly Congress in history, with the House already passing an amendment this year to shield local legalization laws from federal interference as well as approving a bill to let state-licensed businesses access banks. But as the Senate prepares to more seriously consider […]Read More

Senate Could Consider Marijuana Research Amendment On Spending Bill

The federal government would be required to study the impact of state marijuana legalization laws under an amendment to a spending bill that Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) wants his colleagues to consider this week. The measure, which would be attached to appropriations legislation funding the Department ofJustice and other government agencies for the 2020 fiscal […]Read More

Senate Marijuana Hearing Highlights How Schedule I Status Blocks Research

A major focus of a U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing on the health impacts of marijuana turned out to be how cannabis’s current Schedule I federal classification makes it harder for researchers to shed light on those effects. The Wednesday event—titled “Marijuana and America’s Health: Questions and Issues for Policy Makers”—featured testimony from […]Read More

Senate Hearing To Focus On Marijuana And Health This Week

A Senate committee will convene on Wednesday to discuss marijuana and public health, featuring panels that include witnesses from federal agencies and academia. The Senate International Narcotics Control Caucus, headed by co-chaired by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), is titled “Marijuana and America’s Health: Questions and Issues for Policy Makers.” While the […]Read More

Republican Cory Gardner emerges as cannabis champion

Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner has emerged as a champion for the cannabis industry, supporting efforts to provide tax relief and pushing back against federal intervention. Gardner’s most significant support yet for the cannabis industry came recently after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that offered flexibility to federal prosecutors on marijuana […]Read More

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