#cannabispolitics – “Congressional leaders and members appointed to a bicameral conference committee are facing increased pressure to include marijuana banking reform in a large-scale manufacturing and innovation bill, with two key lawmakers sending a letter on Wednesday urging its inclusion in the final package that’s set to be discussed by bicameral negotiators.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), a longstanding champion for cannabis reform who was appointed to serve as a conferee on the America COMPETES Act, sent the letter to House and Senate leadership and conferees alongside Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), the lead sponsor of the marijuana banking legislation that’s cleared his chamber in some form six times now.
The congressmen said that “it is imperative that the final conference committee report of the America COMPETES Act include the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act in its entirety.”
“As all levels of government continue to advance comprehensive cannabis reforms, addressing the irrational, unfair, and unsafe denial of banking services to state-legal cannabis businesses must be a top priority,” they wrote. “The SAFE Banking Act is crucial for small operators, especially those owned and staffed by people of color and those who have already been punished during the War on Drugs.””


#cannabisindustry – “The analysis of self-reported driving under the influence of cannabis (DUIC) found that people are less likely to drive within three hours of consuming marijuana in states that have legalized for medical or recreational use compared to non-legal states.
Researchers said that while there does appear to be an exception with respect to medical cannabis patients who report frequent use—whose behavior did not differ significantly from frequent users living in states without legal marijuana—the broader takeaway is that prohibition states are generally more likely to have impaired drivers on the roads.”