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Chart: Federal cannabis policy reform at standstill despite record number of bills in Congress

  • A surge in the number of marijuana-related bills introduced to this session of Congress has skyrocketed in the last decade, with records showing a significant–and steady–increase each year.
  • A Marijuana Business Daily analysis found that 41 pro-cannabis bills have been introduced in the 115th session of Congress, nearly identical to the total number of pro-cannabis bills introduced between 1999 and 2015.
  • However although the social climate surrounding marijuana has warmed up to the idea of legalizing marijuana on a national scale,  none of these proposed bills have passed either the House or Senate.

Support for marijuana policy reform at the federal level is reaching a fever pitch, fueling a surge in the number of marijuana-related bills introduced to this session of Congress.

A Marijuana Business Daily analysis found that 41 pro-cannabis bills have been introduced in the 115th session of Congress, nearly identical to the total number of pro-cannabis bills introduced between 1999 and 2015.

And more bills will likely be introduced before the current meeting of Congress ends Jan. 3, 2019.

Don Murphy, director of federal policies at the Washington DC-based Marijuana Policy Project, believes the growing body of legislation favoring cannabis is being driven by three primary factors:

  • Elected officials responding to the views of their constituencies, many of which favor cannabis legalization and federal policy reform.
  • Increasing awareness of…

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