A powerful U.S. House panel that oversees federal drug enforcement efforts approved a bill on Thursday to require the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to begin issuing more licenses to grow marijuana for research.
The next United States Congress is likely to pass cannabis legislation such as the STATES Act, two congressmen said during a conference Friday, even if Republicans retain control of Congress in November’s election.
“10 years from now, this is going to be a multi-billion dollar industry, and 20 years from now, people are going to be saying, ‘What was the big deal?’” said the president of the Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) said she is confident that Democrats would vote on a marijuana bill that would allow states to regulate marijuana without federal interference should they retake the Senate in November.