House proposes major cannabis reform under federal law

Jul 31, 2020

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House proposes major cannabis reform under federal law

Now it’s up to the Senate, and you can help.

Several big measures have been put forth by the House of Representatives in the past 24 hours. Here is a quick rundown of the key provisions and how you can help:

Protections for legalization programs
The House voted to protect state legalization programs from federal law enforcement. The Blumenauer-McClintock-Norton amendment was added to a budget bill called the CJS, which received a huge vote in support (254-163). Thanks to all those who reached out to their lawmakers! The bill now goes to the Senate. Click here to send a message to your Senators in support of this measure.

Access to banking
Cannabis businesses need access to the banking system, and social equity businesses, in particular, need resources. Key language was added to a funding package that passed the House on a vote of 217-197. This would be a huge help for businesses and would keep costs down for consumers. Click here in support of this key measure to allow cannabis businesses to access banks.

Also part of the funding package that passed the House, an education rider would allow colleges and universities to use state-legal cannabis for research. Importantly, this sidesteps many of the limitations imposed by the FDA and DEA that can keep researchers from getting cannabis to study. Click here to support better access for cannabis research.

Today, the District of Columbia is prevented from creating a regulatory system for adult-use cannabis, despite what residents clearly want. The House vote would remove that blockage, opening the door for a better system in our nation’s capital. We want to make sure that ban isn’t reinserted by lawmakers in the Senate. Click here to get that message to your Senators.

Much is happening as lawmakers meet the many challenges of COVID-19. Unfortunately, many of these provisions are likely to be opposed in the Senate, so we are asking for your help. Please take a moment to reach out to your lawmakers and make your voice heard. Then, you can help by forwarding this message to your contacts. And stay tuned!