U.S. LAWMAKERS MAKING ONE LAST PUSH TO REFORM CANNABIS LAWS AHEAD OF NOVEMBER MIDTERMS

Aug 02, 2022

By Jeremy Logan

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The surprise climate spending bill isn’t the only piece of marquee legislation in the U.S. Senate that’s getting a lot of attention in Canada.

U.S. lawmakers are also looking at a comprehensive effort to legalize marijuana, which the legal cannabis industry north of the border would love to see become law.

Observers aren’t holding their breath that the Cannabis Authorization and Opportunity Act, which Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced last week, will make it that far.

But David Culver, vice-president of global government relations for Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corporation, says the bill is an important milestone for other reasons.

Culver says as long as lawmakers in the U.S. are willing to keep pushing for legalization, the effort will ultimately make progress, even if it’s only a little bit at a time.

Culver says several other smaller bipartisan bills that take a piecemeal approach to legalization have far better chances of passing before the midterm elections in November.

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