Category Archives: congress

Congress passes farm bill to legalize hemp

The U.S. Congress on Wednesday gave final approval to a provision of the Farm Bill that removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances, according to an Associated Press report. The Farm Bill, which was introduced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier in 2018, allows hemp farmers to buy crop insurance, apply […]

Does the Farm Bill Legalize CBD, Too? Not Exactly

President Trump is expected to sign the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018—also known as the farm bill—later this week, after Congress approved the measure on Wednesday. CBD is now a lot less illegal. But don’t wave it in the face of a DEA agent. With that signature, hemp will become legal nationwide. And cannabidiol (CBD) […]

Blumenauer: Congress Will Be ‘Better Than Ever’ on Cannabis

The top cannabis ally in Congress sounded downright giddy Wednesday as he discussed what the midterm election results could mean for cannabis reform at the federal level. “It was a big night,” US Rep. Earl Blumenauer said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters. “Three states approved: Utah, Missouri, and Michigan with adult use, continuing […]

What is the Medical Cannabis Research Act?

A bill that would require the federal government to approve more facilities for the cultivation of cannabis for medical research is up for a vote in Congress this week. The bill, the Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018 (H.R. 5634), would require the attorney general to ensure that an adequate and uninterrupted supply of research-grade […]

Alaska Taking A Stand Against Threat of Federal Cannabis Crackdown

Bipartisan support for marijuana policy is virtually unheard of. But a unanimous vote in favor of upholding citizens’ right to legal cannabis? It’s so rare as to be almost mythical. Yet that’s exactly what happened in the Alaska House on Monday, where state legislators voted unanimously to demand that the federal government stop trying to […]

Former FBI agent runs to become Illinois’ first ‘Cannabis Congressman’

(via Wolfforcongress.org) Benjamin Thomas Wolf wants to become the first open cannabis user to become an Illinois congressman. Wolf, a former FBI national security official, released a campaign ad on Monday featuring him holding a lit joint, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The 42-year-old Wolf, who currently works as an adjunct professor at Chicago’s Roosevelt University, […]

Get to know Rep. Matt Gaetz, staunch defender of Donald Trump, guns and medical marijuana

Published: Feb 21, 2018, 12:30 pm • Updated: Feb 21, 2018, 12:30 pm By Dan Zak, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON – Everybody went to high school with Matt Gaetz, in some form. You know the type. Contrarian, but well-argued. Obnoxious, but not a bully. An OK baseball player, but a much better debater: loud, fast […]