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H.R. 6602: Emergency Cannabis Small Business Health and Safety Act

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Should the state-legal businesses be eligible for federal loans, if they’re technically illegal under federal law?


Eleven states plus the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. Yet while marijuana businesses and companies are now thriving on a state level there, the drug remains illegal on a federal level.

This legal grey area can create challenges. For example, most banks are unwilling to work with marijuana businesses, fearing potential reprisals.

In the past month, it also means state-legal marijuana businesses were among the few categories excluded from government loans issued during the covid-19 pandemic, including the recent $2 trillion CARES Act and its subsidiary Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Another category of business initially excluded included small casinos and gaming establishments, but the Treasury Department later reversed that decision ...

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Earl Blumenauer

Sponsor. Representative for Oregon's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 23, 2020
Length: 6 pages
Apr 23, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Apr 23, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 23, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Apr 23, 2020

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H.R. 6602 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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