Bipartisan Talks Explore Next Cannabis Moves In New CongressFebruary 21, 2023
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently met with Republican colleagues to try to find common ground on cannabis legalization. Looking to discuss next steps on writing a bill with a chance of making it through the closely-divided Senate and Republican-controlled House, Schumer met with senators Steve Daines of Montana, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Dan Sullivan of Alaska.
The conversation reportedly revolved in large part around banking, with Schumer continuing to push for the so-called SAFE Plus option. That idea, as a reminder, would pair the SAFE Banking Act with moderate restorative measures like conviction expungement for non-violent cannabis offenses.
All three of the aforementioned Republicans had signed on as co-sponsors to the standalone SAFE Banking bill in the last Congress. While the chances of major cannabis legislation in the current closely-divided congress continue to appear remote, the bipartisan talks hold out some hope for reform.—Danny SullivanSubscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning. You will also receive the Cannabis edition as part of your subscription.
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