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Congress looks into allowing banking for marijuana businesses

U.S. lawmakers are once again exploring efforts to allow legal cannabis businesses access to banks. The Democratic-controlled House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday held a hearing to discuss the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019, also known as the SAFE Banking Act, reports Yahoo Finance. “We’re trying to examine how outdated banking regulations […]

Kentucky lawmakers introduce bipartisan medical marijuana bill

A bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers have introduced a new bill to legalize the medical use of cannabis, reports WKYT News. House Bill 136 will ensure that medical marijuana will be available for up to 60,000 Kentuckians. Medical cannabis would be regulated by the Department of Public Protection’s Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The state-run […]

Lawmakers propose ‘H.R. 420’ bill to federally regulate marijuana

(Photo courtesy Sonya Yruel/Drug Policy Alliance) A bill introduced to the House by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) seeks to legalize marijuana and regulate the industry like alcohol. Rep. Blumenauer on Wednesday filed the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act that would effectively remove cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act, the Associated Press reports. Blumenauer […]

Watch: Utah senator tries marijuana edibles for the first time

(via Jim Dabakis on Facebook) As the state of Utah considers a measure to legalize medical cannabis weeks before election day, one lawmaker is living up to the old adage, “don’t knock it ’til you try it.” The Democratic state senator Jim Dabakis recently took a trip to the legal marijuana state of Nevada to […]

Lawmakers introduce bill to allow medical marijuana for military veterans

Military veterans would be legally allowed to use medical marijuana under newly filed legislation. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) on Wednesday introduced the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act that would give Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians the power to issue medical marijuana recommendations in accordance with state laws, reports Forbes’ […]

Illinois governor approves marijuana as an opioid alternative

(Photo via Drug Policy Alliance) Illinois lawmakers have expanded medical marijuana access to patients seeking a non-lethal alternative to prescription painkillers. The state’s Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill on Tuesday making cannabis an official replacement to opioids and easing the application process to qualify, reports the Chicago Tribune. “We’ve got to do everything we […]

Burning Man to sue feds over setting several traffic stops

(via Wikimedia Commons) Burning Man organizers are fuming over a series of traffic stops slowing down vehicles coming to visit their annual celebration. The festival organization has threatened to file a lawsuit against top federal agencies for setting up several nearby traffic checkpoints throughout the duration of Burning Man, reports the Reno Gazette Journal. “It […]

California lawmakers approve bill to dismiss old marijuana convictions

(Photo via Flickr jessepoole w/ CC license) Californians with prior marijuana-related criminal convictions could see their history erased, thanks to a newly approved bill. The state’s Senate passed Assembly Bill 1793 on Wednesday, requiring California’s Department of Justice to review all records of pot convictions eligible for “recall or dismissal of sentence, dismissal and sealing, […]