USDA gives funds to promote hemp exports; VA leaders: legal marijuana possible in 2021; NORML pushes Biden on AG pick
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Mexican Senate committees tentatively agreed to approve a marijuana legalization bill, with a formal vote set for Wednesday and floor action expected soon thereafter.
Congressional Republicans slammed House Democratic leaders over a planned marijuana legalization vote next month.
“It’s no surprise that the American people rejected House Democrats’ leadership on Election Day because it’s clear that they are more focused on catering to their radical base than actually taking steps to address the challenges that their constituents are facing. The fact that they plan to vote on legalizing marijuana instead of making a deal on COVID relief is just the latest example of that.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $200,000 to the National Industrial Hemp Council to promote international exports of U.S. hemp and CBD products.
Virginia’s House majority leader said there’s a “good chance” the state will legalize marijuana in 2021, and the Senate majority leader puts the odds at “slightly better than 50-50.” Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) “door is not closed” on legal cannabis, his chief of staff said.
NORML is asking marijuana legalization supporters to sign an open letter calling on President-elect Joe Biden to appoint an attorney general who will respect state cannabis laws and offer relief to people harmed by criminalization.
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