US House Passes Bill Giving Pot Businesses Access to Banking

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry. The bill, called the SAFE Banking Act, passed 321-103 on the strength of near-unanimous support from Democrats and nearly half of Republicans.

U.S. House passes bill giving pot businesses access to banking

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry. The bill, called the SAFE Banking Act, passed 321-103 on the strength of near-unanimous support from Democrats and nearly half of Republicans.

US House passes bill giving pot businesses access to banking

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry. The bill, called the SAFE Banking Act, passed 321-103 on the strength of near-unanimous support from Democrats and nearly half of Republicans.

Gov. Tom Wolf calls for legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman have combined their voices in calling for Pennsylvania to fully legalize marijuana. At a Capitol news conference on Wednesday, Wolf, moved beyond his previously stated position of wanting to study the experience of the 11 other states as well as the District of Columbia that have passed marijuana legalization laws, to announce he thinks it's time for this state to join them.

Anti-Legalization Group Urges Caution as 2020 Dems Unite Around Marijuana Policy

There is little daylight between the Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls on the issue of marijuana, with nearly all of the candidates supporting legalization and efforts to reverse the negative consequences of the government's decades-old war on drugs.

Given the vaping crisis, N.J. should not legalize marijuana, an ex-presidential adviser says

The vaping crisis is in full swing across the country, including New Jersey. Legislative leaders such as Senate President Stephen Sweeney have called for banning vapes outright, while Gov. Phil Murphy has put together a team to recommend next steps after seven deaths and hundreds of cases nationwide of a mysterious respiratory illness linked to vaping.

Pick up a joint instead: Vaping illnesses highlight flawed marijuana regulations

CLOSE DENVER - Cancer-care expert Dr. Diana Martins-Welch finds herself in an unusual position: Last week she started telling her medical marijuana patients to quit vaping cannabis and pick up a joint instead. "I would never have thought I'd be in a position to tell someone to smoke marijuana.

Marijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis

Political contributions to lawmakers from marijuana industry groups and related companies this year have already exceeded totals from 2018, a new study finds. The marijuana industry gave $305,675 to members of Congress in the first half of 2019, compared with $248,504 for all of last year, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission filings by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a group that opposes legalization.

Washington Journal: Luke Niforatos Discusses Combating the Legalization Marijuana

Smart Approaches to Marijuana's Luke Niforatos discusses his group's efforts to oppose the 'commercialization and normalization of marijuana.'

Ex-GOP lawmakers are face of marijuana blitz

This year, both former Reps. (R-Calif.) and (R-Fla.), who lost reelection bids in 2018, have signed on with marijuana companies. They are following former Speaker (R-Ohio), who has been an active advocate for the cannabis industry since leaving Congress. For the booming industry, turning to former GOP lawmakers is an important step to expand their support in Congress.

What Big Pot doesn't want you to know about costs of legalizing marijuana

Lobbyists and lawmakers everywhere like to make bold-but-reality-challenged claims to advance legislation. But in its push to legalize commercial weed, the marijuana industry has taken legislative myth-peddling to brazen new lows. New York's lawmakers have a few days left to show the nation they won't be duped.

Why Did The Recreational Marijuana Effort Fail In The Conn. General Assembly?

Among the big-ticket items that did not pass in Connecticut's 2019 legislative session were tolls and legal cannabis. While tolls will likely be debated in a special session this summer, proponents of recreational marijuana will have to regroup and wait until next year.

Tough to ignore: Group uses billboards to battle marijuana bill

As lawmakers debate the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York, one group wants to make it very difficult for politicians to ignore its anti-legalization stance. Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or SAM, opposes marijuana legalization around the country. It is pushing local politicians to do the same.

State efforts to grow pot industries clash with federal law

This story was published as part of a POLITICO Journalism Institute special section. PJI is a journalism training program in partnership with American University and the Maynard Institute, that allows student participants to report and produce news stories.

Surgeon general warns that marijuana today is more dangerous than it was a decade ago

Smart Approaches to Marijuana chief of staff Luke Niforatos says that marijuana today is much more potent than it was decades ago.

The Democratic Presidential Candidates Mostly Agree on Marijuana Legalization. The Exception? Joe Biden

Nearly every major Democratic contender for the 2020 nomination has come out in support of legalizing marijuana. The exception: Joe Biden.

Three County Legislators Stand Opposed to Legal Pot | Yonkers Times

By Dan Murphy SAM-NY, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, held a press conference outside the county office building in White Plains, joined by Westchester leaders, concerned parents, addiction treatment specialist and medical professionals to call on the county to opt out of commercial marijuana. Also in attendance were local police chiefs and two county legislators - ...

Marijuana And New York State: To Legalize Or Not?

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) - The push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state lost some steam when it wasn't included in the state budget earlier this year. But, the issue is not dead yet. The latest state proposal to legalize pot solves some of the concerns that doomed the plan on the table during budget talks, according to long-time advocate state Sen.

Leading Marijuana Policy Group Declares Victory in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont - Insider NJ

Leading Marijuana Policy Group Declares Victory in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont (Alexandria, VA) - Last week, lawmakers announced that marijuana legalization bills in New Jersey, Vermont, and New Hampshire are all effectively dead for the 2019 session. This litany of victories comes on the heels of a slew of other wins this year[...]

Lawmaker's 'Lonely Ship' Fills as Support for Cannabis Grows

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Elected as state representative for the 48th Assembly District, Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, has been "legislating through listening" to her 60,000 constituents since 2012. The stories and concerns she heard from voters in her district have launched Sargent on an unexpected journey, sending her on a mission that she never anticipated when she first ran for office.