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California Pressing Feds To Reclassify Cannabis

Federal prohibition of cannabis persists even while many states have long since abolished it

California lawmakers have been hammering out recreational marijuana regulations ahead of the Jan. 1 deadline, but one major roadblock is still a cause for concern among industry stakeholders.

The federal prohibition of cannabis persists even while many states have long since abolished it, which raises a number of issues for state legislators, business owners, and cannabis enthusiasts.

Now, California is taking steps to urge the federal government to rethink its harsh categorization of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to further streamline the implementation of new laws and commerce. The state Senate voted 60-10 on Thursday to pass a joint resolution — a bill the California Assembly had previously approved 34-2 — to amend stringent federal restrictions on cannabis-related scientific studies, banking options for marijuana businesses, and access for medical marijuana patients in need.

 

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