McConnell slams cannabis banking measure in COVID bill (Newsletter: May 15, 2020)

McConnell slams cannabis banking measure in COVID bill (Newsletter: May 15, 2020)

El Paso OKs marijuana cite & release policy; Portland psychedelics decrim group pursues Council; Industry asks govs to legalize for economic boost Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day. (function() { window.mc4wp = window.mc4wp || { listeners: [], forms: { on: function(evt, cb) { window.mc4wp.listeners.push( { event : evt, callback: cb } ); } } } })(); Email address: Leave this field empty if you’re human: Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible… By starting a $10 per month pledge on Patreon—or about 45 cents per issue of this newsletter—you can help us rely less on ads to cover our expenses, hire more journalists and bring you even more marijuana news. https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment / TOP THINGS TO KNOW Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the Senate floor to slam House Democrats for including marijuana industry diversity study provisions in their new coronavirus bill’s cannabis banking section. And many other Republican lawmakers are criticizing the fact that marijuana reform is in the legislation at all. The El Paso, Texas City Council approved a measure that encourages police to issue citations for low-level marijuana possession instead of arresting people and bringing them to jail. Activists working to decriminalize psychedelics locally in Portland, Oregon have announced they’re giving up on a ballot initiative and will now pursue reform through the City Council. One lawmaker has already expressed interest in sponsoring the measure, they…

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