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Marijuana Moment | February 19, 2019
 Where Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Stands On Marijuana

Kyle Jaeger
Sen. Bernie Sanders I-VT is making another run for the Democratic presidential nomination, he announced on Tuesday. From his time as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, to his years in the U.S. Senate, Sanders has established himself as a champion of drug policy reform, particularly when it comes to marijuana. NORML gave the senator an A+ grade based on his legislative track record. And it didnt take long for Sanders to incorporate drug reform into his latest presidential bid. In his announcement video, he reiterated that the government needs to end the destructive war on d....
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Marijuana Moment | February 16, 2019
 West Virginia House Passes Medical Marijuana Banking Bill

Kyle Jaeger
A bill that provides state protections for banks that deal with medical marijuana revenue was approved overwhelmingly by the West Virginia House of Delegates on Friday. Introduced by Del. Eric Nelson R, the legislation authorizes the state treasurer to open a bidding process for banks and other financial institutions that are willing to process the fees, penalties and taxes collected under the states medical cannabis program. It would also make it so the state government could not prohibit, penalize, incentivize, or otherwise impair financial institutions that accept acco....
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NORML | February 15, 2019
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/15/18
Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup This was a big week for marijuana in Congress. The House Financial Services subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing Wednesday to address the lack of access to basic banking services by state-legal marijuana businesses. Also this week Senator Brian Schatz D-HI and Representative Barbara Lee D-CA introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, ....
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Stop the Drug War | 2/14/19
 Chronicle AM: William Barr Confirmed as US AG, Congress Hearing on Pot and Banking, More...

The Senate has confirmed old drug warrior William Barr as attorney general, Congress holds a hearing on marijuana and banking, Ted Cruz wants El Chapo to pay for the wall, and more. CA Gov. Gavin Newsom D is sending the National Guard after what are likely mythical cartel pot grows. Creative Commons Marijuana Policy Congress Urged to Open Banks to Marijuana Industry. At a House hearing Wednesday, bank officers and state officials urged Congress to fully open the US banking system to the legal marijuana industry. California Treasurer Fiona Ma said allowing access to bank....
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NORML | February 14, 2019
 Congressional Hearing On Marijuana Banking Held

Justin Strekal
The House Financial Services subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing Wednesday to address the lack of access to basic banking services by state-legal marijuana businesses. Currently, state-licensed marijuana businesses face a web of conflicting regulations and federal prohibitions largely prohibit these businesses from partnering with financial institutions, processing credit cards, and taking standard business deductions. NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano submitted written congressional testimony, which you can read here. NORML P....
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Marijuana Moment | February 13, 2019
 Key Moments From The First Marijuana Hearing Of The New Congress

Kyle Jaeger
The first marijuana hearing of the 116th Congress kicked off on Wednesday. A House financial subcommittee asked witnesses about how banking access can improve public safety, how operating on a cash-only basis inhibits transparency and, at one point, whether the cash at these businesses smells like cannabis. The absence of a broader, permanent regulatory framework continues to keep nearly all banks out of this growing industry despite a clear interest, Rep. Gregory Meeks D-NY, chair of the subcommittee, said at the start of the session. Todays hearing will allow us to begin....
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NORML | February 13, 2019
 Businesses Need Bank Accounts; Marijuana Shops Included

Justin Strekal
Imagine operating a business without a bank account. Or having to pay each of your employees and vendors in cash. Imagine being forbidden from letting your customers pay for purchases with a credit card, or being able to ask a bank for a small business loan. This is the reality of hundreds of small and medium-sized business owners throughout the country who are engaging in the emerging cannabis marketplace. To date, nine states Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington permit retail sales of recreational marijuana to ad....
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Marijuana Moment | February 13, 2019
 European Parliament Approves Medical Marijuana Resolution

Kyle Jaeger
The European Parliament voted to advance a resolution on Wednesday calling on its 28 member states to address barriers to medical marijuana studies, identify research priorities and improve access to cannabis-based medicines. The non-binding resolution passed with a show of hands, signaling strong support in the deliberative assembly. While the measures passage wont change international marijuana laws, its a symbolic development that could embolden more member states to develop regulatory and research models for medical cannabis. The resolution calls on Member States to ....
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Marijuana Moment | February 11, 2019
  Politics Where Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar Stands On Marijuana

Kyle Jaeger
Sen. Amy Klobuchar D-MN announced on Sunday that shes running for the Democratic Partys 2020 presidential nomination. The former prosecutor has not been especially outspoken about marijuana, but her support for certain reform legislation has earned her a B grade from NORML. Heres more on where she stands on the issue: Legislation And Policy Actions Klobuchar hasnt introduced any cannabis bills herself, but she has signed onto four pieces of marijuana legislation that her colleagues have filed. Shes a cosponsor of the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting S....
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CANN Media Group | February 8, 2019 | WASHINGTON, D.C.
 Wyden Bill Deschedules Cannabis, Ends 280E, Adds 25 Fed Excise Tax

Tom Hymes

The bipartisan legislation introduced today by Sen. Wyden and Rep. Blumenauer trades regulation and taxation for an end to the federal war on state-legal cannabis.
Senator Ron Wyden D-OR today introduced S. 420 as part of a bipartisan package of legislation offered in tandem with fellow-Oregonian and Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer that seeks to preserve the integrity of state marijuana laws and provide a path for responsible federal legalization and regulation of the marijuana industry. The announcement was made via the newsroom of the Senate Committee on Finance, of which Wyden is the ranking member. It was a fitting move considering the financial bent of the three-bill package, which, in addition to descheduling cannabis, does away ....
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NORML | February 8, 2019
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/8/19

Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup This week, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden introduced legislation in the Senate The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. A subcommittee of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on cannabis business banking issues next week. At the state level, activists in Texas, Maryland, and Kentucky gathered in their state capitols alongside state and local NORML chapters to lobby for sens....
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NORML | February 8, 2019
 S. 420 Introduced To End Federal Prohibition And Regulate Marijuana Nationwide

Senator Ron Wyden has introduced legislation in the Senate The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. In addition to removing marijuana from the United States Controlled Substances Act, this legislation also removes enforcement power from the US Drug Enforcement Administration in matters concerning marijuana possession, production, and sales thus permitting state governments to regulate these activities as they see fit. Click here to send a message to your lawmakers in su....
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