Bipartisan Bill Would License Cannabis Hospitality Establishments

Colorado might have been the first state to legalize recreational cannabis, but since that groundbreaking move in late 2012, it’s been slow to solve one of the biggest challenges involved with recreational cannabis: allowing people to actually consume it outside of their homes. Read more

Marijuana Banking Bill Approved By Congressional Committee

A congressional committee voted on Thursday to approve legislation aimed at increasing marijuana businesses’ access to banks. Following multiple days of lengthy debate and consideration of several amendments, the House Financial Services Committee voted 45 to 15 to advance the legislation to the full body. Read more

Sens. McConnell, Wyden to financial leaders: Give hemp farms access to banking

Hemp farmers and businesses may soon have access to banking, credit and financial services if two of the industry’s biggest champions on Capitol Hill have anything to say about it. And they do. Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Ron Wyden of Oregon sent letters to four federal banking and financial institutions on Tuesday asking them to open financial services to the hemp industry. Read more

STATES Act to End Cannabis Prohibition Reintroduced in Congress

The introduction of legislation in Congress that would allow states to determine their own cannabis policies without fear of federal interference was announced in a bicameral press conference at the Capitol on Thursday featuring bill sponsors and members of the congressional Cannabis Caucus.  Read more

Denver Officials “Condemn” DOJ Denial of Citizenship to Cannabis Industry Employees

On Wednesday, Denver officials denounced the denial of U.S. citizenship to two lawful permanent residents employed in the cannabis industry, calling on the federal government to reconcile its immigration policies with laws at the state level. Following a meeting with City Attorney Kristin Bronson, in which two Denver residents said that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services deemed them ineligible for naturalization due to their past or current employment in the cannabis industry, Mayor Michael Hancock issued a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Read more