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What’s the current landscape: There are already at least five national trade groups seeking to influence cannabis policy on Capitol Hill. In addition, there are longstanding marijuana legalization advocacy groups like NORML and Marijuana Policy Project, as well as lobbyists for individual cannabis companies and larger umbrella groups such as the ACLU and Human Rights Watch. As Congress focuses more attention on cannabis policy, some have pointed out that the lack of unity could hold back legalization efforts.
Hawkins says he hopes USCC can alleviate that problem.
The Democratic and Republican national conventions barely touched on federal marijuana reform.
The Republicans didn’t even write a new platform.
And the Democratic platform fell short of supporting the efforts congressional Democrats have made in the past year toward federal marijuana legalization and cannabis banking reform.
Nevertheless, Washington DC lobbyists and industry experts expect Democratic lawmakers – regardless of the election outcome – to push forward with a pro-marijuana reform agenda.
The MORE Act, a bill that would deschedule marijuana and thereby legalize it federally – with massive business implications – is scheduled to be considered by the full U.S. House of Representatives the week of Sept. 21, according to an email sent by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, discussed the plans in a Monday email providing colleagues an update on the House floor schedule for September. On Friday, House leaders signaled a September vote but details were uncertain.