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Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges FinCEN to Stay the Course on Cannabis Banking

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – A bipartisan group of Senators, led by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), today urged the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to keep in place guidance that has enabled some financial institutions to provide banking services for legitimate cannabis businesses in states that have legalized medical or recreational cannabis.

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Senate Committee Stands up for Veterans Using Medical Cannabis

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — This morning, the Senate Committee on Appropriations voted 24-7 to include an amendment introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in the FY2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill.

US Senators Urge Jeff Sessions to Reassure Industrial Hemp Industry

US Senators Pen Open Letter to Urge Jeff Sessions to Reassure Industrial Hemp Industry

With members of the industrial hemp industry facing unnecessary banking hurdles, several United States Senators have joined forces to urge the Department of Justice not to use funds to punish banks that do business with them.

US Senators to Attorney General Sessions: Reassure Hemp Industry You Will Uphold the Law

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Recently, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Al Franken (D-MN), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to address their constituents’ concerns regarding the hemp industry’s access to financial services by confirming the Department of Justice will respect Congress’ recent actions on industrial hemp pilot programs.

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces Legislation to Provide Access to Banking Services for Legal Cannabis Businesses

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley led a bipartisan group of Senators – including Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) – to introduce legislation to ensure that legal cannabis businesses can access banking services.

Senators Ask Sessions to Uphold DOJ's Policy on State Marijuana Laws

Senators Ask Sessions to Uphold DOJ’s Policy on State Marijuana Laws

When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer commented on the potential of “greater enforcement” of federal marijuana law under the Trump Administration, the industry reacted immediately. Now, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has penned a letter in an effort to protect the recreational marijuana industry.

Murray, Cantwell Ask DOJ to Uphold Existing Policy on State Marijuana Laws Letter Expresses Concern Regarding Recent Remarks by Sean Spicer on Federal Enforcement

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, including Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing concern that the Trump administration may begin enforcing federal law in states that have legalized marijuana.

Cortez Masto Co-Signs Letter Calling on DOJ to Uphold Existing Policy on State Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senate colleagues Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today in sending a letter that calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request the Department of Justice (DOJ) uphold its existing enforcement policy regarding states that have voter-approved marijuana laws.

Senators Ask DOJ to Uphold Existing Policy on State Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2017 / – A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today sent a letter that calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request the Department of Justice (DOJ) uphold its existing enforcement policy regarding states that have voter-approved marijuana laws.

U.S. senators seek to protect banking for pot business vendors

United States Senators Seek to Protect Banking for Pot Business Vendors

The U.S. government should keep banks from cutting off the accounts of vendors who work with state-sanctioned marijuana businesses, 10 U.S. senators said in a letter to the Treasury on Wednesday.

Bipartisan Group of Senators Presses Federal Regulator for Clear Guidance on Banking Services for Vendors Working with Legal Marijuana Businesses

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, a bipartisan group of Senators led by Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley pressed a key federal regulator to take further action to ensure that vendors working with legal marijuana businesses in states that have legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana do not have their banking services taken away.

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Senate Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Measure

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill that is intended to ease access to banking and other financial services for state-legal marijuana businesses.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Veterans Access to Medical Marijuana

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bipartisan amendment today, 20 to 10, allowing Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal.

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Senate Approves Bill to Allow Veterans Access to Medical Marijuana

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, the Senate passed the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, which includes a critical provision for veterans interested in having legal access to medical marijuana treatment options.


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