In today’s HK Cannabis Law Newsletter, we present updates concerning the following topics: a Congressional report educating the legislature on hemp and its uses; a House of Representatives sub-committee approved a bill that gives the District of Columbia the ability to legalize cannabis use by adults, and includes protections for banks working with marijuana businesses; Connecticut becomes the latest State to legalize adult use of cannabis; and the Rhode Island Senate approved legislation legalizing marijuana use by adults…and more!
The Congressional Research Service prepared a report for Congress detailing the uses for hemp, and noted that legislation was introduced to Congress that would allow CBD products to be used in consumables, like food and drink;
On June 24, 2021, a House sub-committee approved a bill that allows the District of Columbia to set its own marijuana policies, and provides limited banking protections. Rep. Eleanor Norton (D-DC), who previously expressed disappointment with President Biden’s new budget proposal, which maintained a GOP restriction on DC legalizing cannabis, approved the bill in a press release;
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, a Democrat, signed a bill passed by the Connecticut legislature, making Connecticut the 19th State to legalize recreational adult use of marijuana; and
Rhode Island Senate Bill 568 was approved which legalizes and regulates marijuana use by adults. The bill now heads to the Rhode Island House for consideration.