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Marijuana advocates bullish on banking reform, less hostile DOJ under Biden presidency

The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden has major ramifications for marijuana businesses – ranging from possible banking access to a less hostile Department of Justice or perhaps new federal memos that make it easier for state-legal MJ…

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US marijuana reform leaders lower post-election expectations, including legalization hopes

In the wake of yet another surprising electoral outcome – in which national Republicans are now favored to retain control of the U.S. Senate – national marijuana reform organizations are weighing their prospects for the next Congress. The c…

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Drop in political funding by MPP illustrates shift toward marijuana trade groups, MSOs

The Marijuana Policy Project has long been a leader in funding cannabis reform at the state and federal levels, but the current election season demonstrates that MPP’s role is shifting in a significant way – toward a more collaborative posi…

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Marijuana advocates seriously eye federal legalization after election

Federal marijuana legalization could be only months from becoming reality, spurring Washington DC-based MJ advocates to seriously consider a “post-prohibition” world as they map out political strategies for 2021. Several DC-based nonprofits…

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US Supreme Court won’t hear marijuana legalization case

A three-year-long attempt to legalize marijuana at the federal level through a lawsuit appears to have come to a close, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear the case. According to Law360.com, the case – filed in 2017 by former NFL player…

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With eye on election and beyond, marijuana industry spends millions on lobbying

Lobbying for cannabis reform in the U.S. Congress has evolved from a fringe issue a decade ago to a political priority that, this year alone, has absorbed more than $3 million dollars and scores of registered lobbyists in Washington DC. And depending o…

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Democrats’ COVID-19 relief bill contains cannabis banking

Buried deep in the U.S. House Democrats’ latest $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package, announced Monday, is a key provision that will delight cannabis businesses: the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking (SAFE) Act. According to NORML, the main…