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Supporting Maine's Cannabis Economy

Maine faces unique challenges as the legalized recreational sale of marijuana inches closer and closer. Cannabidiol (CBD) and medical marijuana are already legal, with many businesses in the industry growing rapidly. 

I'm proud to be able to advocate for Maine's citizens and businesses as a legalization state. Please follow the links below for more information on the bills I support to modernize our cannabis economy and promote the rights of citizens to use this product where it has been made legal.


The Hemp Advancement Act of 2022

I introduced the Hemp Advancement Act on February 8, 2022. This legislation would eliminate unworkable testing requirements, set reasonable THC thresholds for producers and processors while protecting consumers, and end the discriminatory policy that bans people with drug convictions from growing legal hemp.

Press on my Hemp Advancement Act:

Portland Press Herald: Rep. Pingree’s bill aims to help Maine hemp growers

NEWS CENTER Maine: Rep. Chellie Pingree introduces legislation to help Maine’s hemp farmers

Cannabis Business Times: New federal bill aims to raise THC limit in hemp to 1%

MaineBiz: Maine hemp growers, processors would see help under Pingree proposal

Marijuana Moment: Hemp Could Have More THC Under New Congressional Bill That Aims To Fix Regulatory Issues For Expanding Industry

Politico: New hemp bill would raise THC limit to 1 percent

Modern Farmer: Proposed Hemp Bill Would Open Field Up to More Growers

Bill I have introduced and cosponsored that support the cannabis and hemp industries:

  • H.R. 1595, the SAFE Banking Act (I’m an original cosponsor): passed the House on a 321-103 vote on September 26.
  • H.R. 1456, the Marijuana Justice Act
  • H.R. 1588, Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act
  • H.R.2843, Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act 
  • H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE) Act
  • H.R. 3543, Ensuring Access to Counseling and Training for All Small Businesses Act
  • H.R. 4390, Removing Marijuana from Deportable Offenses Act 
  • H.R. 712, VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act 
  • H.R 601, Medical Cannabis Research Act
  • H.R. 2093, STATES Act
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