Schumer And Pro-Legalization GOP Congressman In Talks Over Marijuana Banking And Expungements Compromise

Schumer And Pro-Legalization GOP Congressman In Talks Over Marijuana Banking And Expungements Compromise
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has held recent talks with a key GOP House lawmaker about possible interim, bipartisan cannabis reform steps that can be taken as he continues to finalize a comprehensive legalization bill, staffers from both offices told Marijuana Moment on Thursday. The discussions touched on a broad range of cannabis reform proposals, including the possibility of combining two pieces of existing bipartisan legislation: the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act and the Harnessing Opportunities by Pursuing Expungement (HOPE) Act. Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) had a meeting with Schumer this week to go over possible avenues of interim reform like the SAFE Banking Act or the HOPE Act, which he’s sponsoring alongside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). That measure would incentivize states and local governments to expunge cannabis records in their jurisdictions. The congressman talked briefly about a preliminary conversation he had with the Senate leader at an International Cannabis Bar Association conference on Thursday, as first noted by Politico. Joyce’s office later clarified Politico’s initial characterization of the progress of talks with Schumer in a statement to Marijuana Moment. “The conversation between Leader Schumer and Congressman Joyce was part of an ongoing, broader discussion between both parties and chambers to determine what reform can pass this Congress,” a senior staffer with Joyce said. “It is evidence of the sincere efforts by both the leader and the congressman to find common ground for substantial, bipartisan progress on this issue. The congressman remains hopeful that an agreement can be made and progress can be achieved.” Meanwhile, advocates and stakeholders are eagerly awaiting action on the SAFE Banking Act from Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), which would safeguard financial institutions that work with state-legal cannabis businesses—a reform that Joyce also strongly backs. That legislation is currently being debated as part…

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