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Pingree Joins Bill to Support Maine Hemp Farmers, Legal Pathways for CBD

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined 18 members of Congress in reintroducing the bipartisan Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act, legislation to provide a regulatory pathway for the legal sale of hemp products, including cannabidiol (CBD), as dietary supplements. Hemp production was explicitly legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill, but regulatory unc...

With Historic Vote, Pingree Supports Passage of Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana at the Federal Level

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Joining her U.S. House colleagues in the historic passage of the bipartisan Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, today Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) voted to decriminalize marijuana and remove federal obstacles for Maine’s burgeoning legal marijuana industry. “The MORE Act will create new opportunities for Maine’s legal marijuana industry to expand by removing c...

Maine Delegation Urges USDA to Heed Maine DACF’s Comments on Interim Final Hemp Rule

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Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) and Jared Golden (D-ME-02) wrote to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging the agency to heed the formal comments and concerns of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF) on the interim final rule on domestic hemp production. A signed copy of the...

Pingree Applauds Historic Committee Approval of Comprehensive Bill Legalizing Marijuana

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In response to the news that the House Judiciary Committee voted to pass the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act on a 24-10 bipartisan vote, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement: “Today’s vote is a historic step toward setting a federal cannabis policy that works in the 21stcentury. Eleven states including Maine have already legalized m...

Pingree, Golden Urge Agriculture Secretary to Protect Farmers, Expedite Hemp Rules

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Responding to news reports that Maine hemp farmers have lost access to federal banking and insurance due to opaque regulations, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) have written to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and urged him to expedite the review process and establish hemp rules as required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. This letter is th...

VIDEO: Pingree Speaks on Floor as House Passes Landmark Bill to Provide Financial Services to Marijuana Businesses

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Last night, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) spoke on the US House floor in support of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (HR 1595), the first legislation approved by the House to permit federally-insured financial institutions to work with marijuana-related businesses in states where the sale of cannabis is legal. Pingree is an original cosponsor of HR 1595, which passed wi...

Pingree Leads Bipartisan Letter to FDA Urging Legal Pathway for CBD

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman James Comer (R-Ky.) today sent a bipartisan letter signed by 25 members of Congress to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging the agency to quickly provide legal clarity and establish a regulatory pathway for food products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). “During these challenging times for the agricultural economy, far...

Pingree Supports Legislation to Protect States That Have Legalized Marijuana Use

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) today voiced support for the bipartisan, bicameral Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, legislation introduced in the House and Senate to protect states that have legalized marijuana use from federal interference. “I fully support efforts in Congress to keep the federal government from interfering with states like Maine that...

Pingree Statement on DOJ’s Decision to Rescind Legal Cannabis Protections, Complicate Implementation of Maine’s Legal Marijuana Law

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“Ever since Mainers voted to legalize marijuana, our legislature has debated how to best implement this new law. It is a complicated enough task without the federal government creating hurdles or meddling in the decisions already made by states like Maine. As a member of Congress, I’ve cosponsored legislation to uphold state laws regarding marijuana legalization. I hope the Justice Department will reconsider its one-size-fits-all approach so that congressional action is not needed.”

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