Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R) said he has “pretty good confidence” Congress would enact major cannabis reforms this year. Gardner is a sponsor of the States Act which would protect state-legal industries and the Safe Banking Act which would allow cannabis companies to access financial services.
- Gardner said the bi-partisan support behind these bills is “a sign that it’s no longer acceptable for the status quo [to continue] and we need to actually fix this conflict in federal and state law,”
- has had productive conversations with Senate Banking Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) among other Senators. He sees President Trump as an ally.
- Gardner is seen as one of the most vulnerable Republican Senators up for re-election next year.
- The banking bill advanced towards a floor vote in the House.
- The House rejected a bill sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.) which would have made it easier to study medical uses for psychedelics.
- DC is “one step closer” to legal REC dispensaries.