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Even though Senate support for a medical marijuana bill is building, it’s not getting the backing it needs to advance.
Two influential Democratic senators, Charles E. Schumer of New York and Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, announced their support for the bill that would reschedule marijuana and let states set medical marijuana policy. But it needs more Republicans. Full story
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may be the best friend in Washington for the nascent industrial hemp industry.
The Kentucky Republican announced Thursday he had secured hemp-processing language in an Agriculture Department spending bill.
“Kentucky’s industrial hemp pilot programs continue to prosper and I want to make sure our legal hemp producers can safely transport their crops between states, including to States that maintain processing facilities, so they can fully capitalize on the commercial potential for this commodity,” McConnell said in a statement.
It’s high time to look closer at medical marijuana research, eight Democratic senators wrote in a letter sent Monday to several departments in the federal government.
Acknowledging that 23 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana use and an additional 15 states allow cannabadiol — all without federal involvement — the senators argue that the federal government has an “opportunity and a responsibility to craft a sensible research and public health strategy that allows us to generate meaningful data and conclusions.” Full story
The Obama administration’s decision to streamline medical marijuana research Monday drew praise from Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, one of the more endangered Republicans up in 2016.
When it comes to pot, political winds may be shifting in the Senate.
Joining a new generation of senators such as Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., veteran Democrat Barbara Boxer has added her name to a bill rolled out on March 10 aimed at protecting state medical marijuana operations from federal interference while rescheduling the drug. Full story
It isn’t every day that a child can steal the show from three of the Senate’s most visible members.
But that’s what happened when Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York joined with Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky in unveiling legislation to reschedule marijuana to make it more available for medicinal and research purposes. Full story
Eric H. Holder Jr.’s replacement as attorney general will face a grilling from the Senate Judiciary Committee after the elections, with the position key to enabling President Barack Obama’s pen-and-phone executive agenda and with numerous hot-button issues under the purview of the Justice Department.
The nominee to replace Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who is also leaving, will also face much the same treatment.
Here are 10 questions the nominees will likely hear:
1. What is the limit of the president’s executive authority on immigration? Full story
If you use marijuana in a state that has legalized pot for medicinal purposes, Sen. John Walsh wants to make sure you don’t lose your guns.
The Democratic senator from Montana, appointed earlier this year and facing a difficult race on Nov. 4, has filed an amendment to a spending package being considered on the Senate floor.
Walsh joins libertarian leaning Sen. Rand Paul in attaching a marijuana-related provision to the broad spending bill that includes funding for Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and Agriculture-FDA. But questions are arising over whether the Senate can complete work on the package because an agreement on amendments remains elusive.
Paul’s legislation would prevent the Department of Justice from blocking states attempting to implement their own laws related to medical marijuana.