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NORML | March 19, 2019
 Marijuana Banking Bill Scheduled For Committee Markup

In the first in what are anticipated to be multiple Congressional hearings to address the federal prohibition and criminalization of marijuana, the House Financial Services Committee has scheduled to convene a markup on The Safe Banking Act, HR 1595 on Tuesday, March 26th. Thousands of state-licensed and regulated businesses lack access to the banking industry and are unable to accept credit cards, deposit revenues, or write checks to meet payroll or pay taxes because federal law discourages financial institutions from engaging in such partnerships. This ongoing federal pr....
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Marijuana Moment | March 18, 2019
 Cory Booker Appears To Call Out Kamala Harriss Marijuana Jokes

Kyle Jaeger
Sen. Cory Booker D-NJ explained why marijuana legalization is no laughing matter on Sunday and seemed to take a dig at Sen. Kamala Harris D-CA over the way she lightheartedly admitted to smoking cannabis in college. During a campaign stop in Iowa, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate was asked where marijuana fits in his criminal justice agenda. Booker emphasized that a lot of people have a very different perspective on marijuana than I do. His next comment appeared to be a veiled criticism of Harris, a rival presidential candidate, who spoke about her personal expe....
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NORML | March 8, 2019
 The SAFE Banking Act Reintroduced

Justin Strekal
A bipartisan coalition of more than 100 co-sponsors has reintroduced legislation in Congress, The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act SAFE Banking Act, HR 1595, to allow state-licensed marijuana-related businesses to engage freely in relationships with banks and other financial institutions. Click here to send a message to your member of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the bill. If enacted, banks would no longer face the threat of federal sanction for working with marijuana-related businesses and entrepreneurs. Currently, hundreds of licensed and regulated busine....
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NORML | March 1, 2019
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/1/18

Carly Wolf
In Congress this week Senator Cory Booker D-NJ, along with Representatives Barbara Lee D-CA and Ro Khanna D-CA, introduced The Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and incentivize states to end the racially disparate criminalization of marijuana consumers. At the state level, North Dakota state Rep. Roers Jones, who sponsored the recently defeated decriminalization bill, is trying to get her language inserted as a part of separate legislation. As New Jersey lawmakers and Governor Phil Murphy continue to work out details of ....
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NORML | February 28, 2019
 Rep. Lee: I Just Introduced The Marijuana Justice Act

Representative Barbara Lee
First off, I want to thank you for being an active member of the cannabis reform movement and I am proud to tell you that we have never been closer to ending the counterproductive and cruel policy of marijuana criminalization than we are right now. Today, I introduced the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019 and I have every intention of moving the bill forward, but I need your help. Will you tell your member of Congress to join me as a cosponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act? The prohibition of marijuana has had a devastating effect on communities of color. Although whites and ....
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Marijuana Moment | February 28, 2019
 Kamala Harris Explains Her Evolution On Marijuana Legalization

Kyle Jaeger
Sen. Kamala Harris D-CA says that she personally knows people who have benefitted from the use of medical marijuana. The revelation comes in an interview with The Root that was released on Thursday in which the former prosecutor also discussed how shes evolved over time on the issue of cannabis legalization. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, who made headlines earlier this month after admitting that she used marijuana in college, was asked how her policy views on cannabis have shifted over the last five years. In that time, she went from dismissively laughing of....
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NORML | February 28, 2019
 The Marijuana Justice Act Introduced In Both Chambers Of Congress

Today, Senator Cory Booker D-NJ along with Representatives Barbara Lee D-CA and Ro Khanna D-CA, introduced The Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and incentivize states to end the racially disparate criminalization of marijuana consumers. Click here to send a message to your federal lawmakers and urge them to cosponsor the bill NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said: The Marijuana Justice Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal legislation ever introduced to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and....
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Marijuana Moment | February 28, 2019
 Presidential Candidates Introduce New Version Of Marijuana Justice Act

Tom Angell
Sen. Cory Booker D-NJ and several of his rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination are joining forces on Thursday to re-file a new version of the most far-reaching marijuana legislation ever introduced in Congress. The bill, the Marijuana Justice Act, would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and withhold certain federal funding from states that disproportionately enforce marijuana criminalization laws against people of color and low-income individuals. Watch Booker and colleagues discuss the legislation below: The legislation would also autom....
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NORML | February 27, 2019
 Fed Chair to Senate: I Think it Would Be Great to Have Clarity on Cannabis

Justin Strekal
As the tentacles of the federal policy of cannabis prohibition run deep into nearly every sector of American public policy, a new voice emerged to call for clarity regarding state-legal cannabis marketplaces: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. Currently, almost none of the businesses operating in the cannabis space can legally obtain a bank account, process a credit card, or take a standard business deduction on their federal taxes. This is because federal law continues to inappropriately define all marijuana-related endeavors as criminal enterprises, including those com....
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Marijuana Moment | February 27, 2019
 FDA Head Reveals New Details About Agencys CBD Regulation Plans

Kyle Jaeger
Food and Drug Administration FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb revealed new details about plans to pursue alternative pathways for CBD regulation and also acknowledged that federal prohibition drives research into medical marijuana overseas on Wednesday. Gottliebs latest comments were in response to questions from Reps. Barbara Lee D-CA, Chellie Pingree D-ME and Mark Pocan D-WI during a hearing before a House Appropriations subcommittee. Among the revelations that came out of the hearing was that Gottlieb will shortly announce that the FDA will hold a public meeting sometim....
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The Weed Blog | 2/22/19
 Descheduling cannabis and rescheduling cannabis do not mean the same thing for federal legalization.

Shanel Lindsay
As cannabis legislation continues to pass in statehouses and ballot referendums across the country, changes to the federal statutes cannot be far behind. The strategy behind federal legalization, however, is just as important as achieving the goal. The way legalization unfolds at the federal level will directly impact the type of industry cannabis will ultimately become. The Controlled Substance Act defines Schedule 1 drugs as chemicals or substances that have no medicinal value and pose a high potential for abuse. Heroin, LSD, ``MDMA commonly referred to as ecstasy``, and....
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NORML | February 22, 2019
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/22

Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup At the state level, the North Dakota House of Representatives defeated a decriminalization bill on the House floor by a narrow 43-47 vote. On the same day, LegalizeND announced that they will try again with a 2020 legalization ballot initiative. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation into law this week permitting the production of industrial hemp in accordance with the new federal regulations. Delaware prosecutors will no longer be encouraged to pursue criminal charges against those who possess ma....
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The Washington Post | February 22 2019 | MINNEAPOLIS
 2020 Democratic hopeful Klobuchar backs legalizing marijuana
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks at the Ankeny Area Democrats Winter Banquet, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks at the Ankeny Area Democrats Winter Banquet, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.
(image:Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)
Associated Press
Add Amy Klobuchar to the list of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls who support legalizing marijuana. Klobuchar said in a statement Friday that she supports legalization and that states should have the right to determine how to handle marijuana in their territory. The Minnesota senator is carving out a moderate image in a field that includes more liberal candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. But she joins them and others, including Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Sen. Kamala Harris of California, in backing legali....
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