The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives postponed a vote on the MORE Act, which would legalize cannabis nationwide and enact several equity measures.
- Democrats initially though support for legalization made it an easy win but they got cold feet after being bludgeoned by Republicans over pushing the bill instead of coronavirus relief. (House Democrats passed a relief bill but it is too expensive for Republicans.)
- The bill stood little chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate.
Industry insiders say November’s election is unlikely to accelerate legalization, though they tend to describe Democrats winning the presidency and control of the Senate as the best scenario for the industry.
- WeedWeek business columnist Dan Mitchell attended a virtual panel featuring Republicans who want to legalize, including anti-tax activist Grover Norquist.
- Travel writer and cannabis activist Rick Steves is campaigning for cannabis ballot initiatives in Arizona, South Dakota, New Jersey and Montana.
- A partnership between Higher Ground Media and Saints Joints has released the Ballot Box, a pack of joints containing the Bill of Rights and info on how to register to vote. There’s also a voting initiative called Spark the Vote from the Cannabis Consumer Policy Council.