Federal marijuana bills and hemp bills Guide: Congressional Cannabis Caucus (updated 8/1/17)
There may be uncertainty in regards to cannabis on the federal stage, but some U.S. lawmakers are trying to keep the legislative gears churning.
A bipartisan quartet of congressmen in February launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, a group formed to develop a united front to further congressional action on hemp and marijuana bills.
On March 30, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, announced the “Path to Marijuana Reform” package of legislation aimed at protecting and preserving existing state-based cannabis programs, and creating a framework for the federal marijuana bills.
Three pieces of legislation were introduced in April, including a measure to open banking access to legal cannabis businesses.
Here’s a rundown of the federal marijuana bills before the 115th U.S. Congress, including medical measures and a proposal to end federal marijuana prohibition, plus a listing of the Cannabis Caucus members as announced or as they become publicly available.
We’ll keep these lists updated as legislation is introduced and other federal lawmakers join the Cannabis Caucus.
UPDATED AUG. 1: Legislation introduced in the Senate seeking to deschedule marijuana, expunge records and add federal funding provisions.
Other recent additions: Industrial Hemp Farming Act (H.R. 3530); State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act (H.R. 3534); Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017 (H.R. 3391); Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act (S. 1576)
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