President Donald Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated in a press conference last week that it is “unlikely” the administration will crackdown on the cannabis industry in states where it is legal, according to a report from the Joint Blog. The comment comes on the heels of the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Session, which was met with mixed reviews from cannabis industry stakeholders, and two pieces of legislation aimed at reforming cannabis laws on the federal level.
Last week, California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher introduced the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act which would exempt individuals and entities acting in accordance with their state laws from portions of the Controlled Substances Act. It’s the third time Rohrabacher has introduced the legislation, which died in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations in 2013, and was quashed by the same committee in 2015. The current version (HR.975) carries 12 bi-partisan co-sponsors, all but one – Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie – represents a state with some form of legal cannabis use. The measure has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Earlier this month, Republican Virginia Rep. Griffith introduced legislation (HR.715) that would reschedule cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act, and exclude CBD from the definition of marijuana. That bill has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee.
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