“The most cannabis-friendly Congress in history”?

That’s the take from Forbes magazine, in any event.  It’s an exaggeration–cannabis was entirely legal for about the first century and a half of the American republic–but it’s certainly true that we;ve got the friendliest since World War I.  In the article, Marijuana Majority‘s Tom Angell has a nice rundown of what’s going on at the Congressional level.  Here’s a snip from the intro:

Seven months into the session, there have already been seven hearings on cannabis, a marijuana banking bill passed a key committee and the full House adopted a far-reaching amendment to block federal interference in state legalization laws. And those are just the highlights.

 

“Congress has never moved this far, this fast on marijuana policy, period,” NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said in an interview.

 

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who has worked for decades to end marijuana prohibition, said that those “long overdue efforts to reform our outdated cannabis laws are finally resonating in Congress.”

“Bills to address policy failures in cannabis banking, veterans access, decriminalization and restorative justice have started moving through the legislative process,” he said.

The whole thing is worth a read.

–Frank Snyder

 

Texas Marijuana Policy Conference Slated for August 30

Cannabis business people, lawyers, lobbyists, entrepreneurs, and interested others will gather in Austin over Labor Day Weekend for the Second Annual Texas Marijuana Policy Conference.  The Conference will run sessions from Friday morning, August 30, through Sunday, September 1.  It’s again coordinated by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.  Here’s the blurb:

Historic progress was made during this year’s legislative session. Our state legalized hemp production and expanded access to the Compassionate Use Program, creating tremendous opportunity for both consumers and entrepreneurs. Sadly, though, most patients are still being left behind and lawmakers failed to reduce penalties for low-level marijuana possession. There is still a lot of work to do in Texas!
Our three-day conference will offer presentations from policy and industry leaders to help attendees better understand and navigate the new legal climate. We will also be focused on opportunities and our path forward to ensure more meaningful policy changes when the legislature meets again in 2021.

In addition to policy and advocacy discussions surrounding decriminalization, medical cannabis, and hemp, we’ll feature a track of cannabis business sessions geared toward entrepreneurs, market watchdogs, and investors. Several of our sessions will qualify for continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys (application pending). 

I’ll be on one of the first panels Friday morning along with Michael Correia of NCIA and Justin Strekal of NORML; we’ll be talking about what’s going on in Federal marijuana policy.

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