Immigrant And Veteran Marijuana Protections, Along With Hemp And CBD Measures, Up For Congressional Action

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House lawmakers are set to take up several spending bills on Wednesday that touch on a wide range of cannabis-related policy issues, including immigration eligibility for people who use marijuana, benefits for military veterans who work in the industry and regulations on hemp and CBD. It’s going to be a busy day for the House Appropriations Committee, where two of the spending bills that contain cannabis provisions will be marked up by the full panel and another will get a vote in a subcommittee. This comes one day after the full committee approved legislation that includes language providing protections for banks that work with state-legal marijuana businesses and notably excludes a prior rider that bans Washington, D.C. from using its tax dollars to allow adult-use cannabis sales. The committee also adopted a related report that urges federal agencies to reconsider policies that result in the firing of employees who use marijuana legally in accordance with state law. Here’s a breakdown of the new cannabis provisions lawmakers will be considering on Wednesday:  In an spending bill that allocates fiscal year 2022 funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there’s a provision that would prevent its component agencies from denying any person immigration benefits or protections, or penalizing them in an application, simply because they’ve admitted to using cannabis or were convicted of a low-level marijuana offense. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a person who admits to using cannabis—even in compliance with state law—is morally unfit for citizenship. The agency clarified that position in a 2019 memo, adding that employment in a state-legal marijuana market is another factor that could impact a person’s immigration status. Standalone legislation has been introduced this session to resolve the problem, but it has yet to be acted on. While this new component…

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