Category Archives: Federal Government

Is Medical Marijuana a Misnomer in its Current Form?

There is no disputing that cannabis provides medicinal relief to scores of people. However, federal regulations limit the scope of testing for marijuana recommended for patients, unlike the rigorous testing standards held for other medicines. As such, only a few cannabis-esque medicines have been able to reach the U.S. market to date. With a handful…

Kirsten Gillibrand Publishes Future Presidential Plan to Legalize Marijuana

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York released a plan for the national legalization of marijuana on Wednesday, saying that she would make the issue a “top priority” of her presidency. “America’s federal prohibition of marijuana needs to end now,” Gillibrand wrote. Gillibrand said that the enforcement of cannabis prohibition laws has been […]

Joe Biden Supports Marijuana Decriminalization, Not Legalization

“Nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana.” That’s what former US Vice President Joe Biden told voters in Nashua, New Hampshire on Tuesday. But Biden, one of more than 20 contenders for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, said he does not support making cannabis legal. Instead, Biden favors decriminalization, not legalization. But the […]

STATES Act, Which Protects Legal Cannabis Businesses, Reintroduced in Congress

Lawmakers in the House and Senate reintroduced a bill on Thursday that would protect businesses and individuals complying with state cannabis laws from prosecution by the federal government. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and in the House by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oreg.) and Dave Joyce (R-Ohio). Warren and Gardner originally introduced the Strengthening […]

Cannabis Banking Bill Clears House Finance Committee

With a 45 to 15 vote Thursday, the House Financial Services Committee has advanced a major federal marijuana reform bill that would significantly expand legal cannabis businesses’ access to financial services. The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act is just the third standalone cannabis bill to clear a congressional committee. And while no floor […]