Pelosi defends cannabis in response to coronaviruses: “It’s therapy”

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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi Democrats reject short-term deal ahead of unemployment deadline GOP lawmakers comply with Pelosi’s masked mandate for House Prosecutor Trump tests GOP loyalty with campaign tweet and stimulus strategy MORE (D-Calif.) On Friday, defended marijuana provisions in Democrats’ latest round of coronavirus relief, dismissing suggestions that support for the cannabis industry is unrelated to the crisis in public health sweeping the country.“I don’t agree with you that cannabis is unrelated to this,” Pelosi said during a press briefing on Capitol Hill. “It is a proven therapy. ”

Pelosi was responding to a reporter’s suggestion that Democrats and Republicans are both pushing provisions in their competing emergency stimulus bills that are unrelated to the deadly pandemic and the economic devastation it has caused.

The Democrats’ $ 3.4 trillion package, approved by the House on May 15, includes language empowering cannabis companies and their suppliers – many of whom have remained open during the coronavirus crisis – to work with banks and insurers supported by the federal government.

Under the current law, financial institutions may face severe penalties if they do business with cannabis companies, since the Controlled Substances Act classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, which is considered having no legitimate medical purpose.

Senate Republicans retaliated with a $ 1.1 trillion emergency stimulus bill, which includes about $ 1.8 billion to fund a new FBI building at its current location in Washington.

Critics surged, accusing President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump campaign cancels ad purchases to review messaging strategy: Nunes report refuses to respond if it received information from Ukrainian lawmaker intended to harm Biden Poll: plurality of ‘generation’ voters Z ”say they see more political announcements from Trump than from Biden to use a public health crisis to advance an animal project he had been researching since entering the White House. The FBI building is across from Trump’s hotel in DC, and Democrats argue he wants to keep it there “so that another hotel doesn’t come over there and compete with the hotel. of the president, ”in Pelosi’s words.

” That’s what it’s about. It has nothing to do with the coronavirus, ”she said. “We will therefore have to reach a compromise on the legislation. I just do not accept that there is an equivalence in what you are proposing. ”

The comments come as the parties do not appear to be close to reaching agreement on the next round of coronavirus relief. Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLincoln Project Targets Senate Races in Alaska, Maine and Montana With Mr. Buy Pelosi, Schumer Says GOP’s Senate Coronavirus Bill “Sells Working Families” Hill – Featured by Facebook – Barr’s Showdown with House Democrats PLUS (DN.Y.) have met four times this week with the Secretary of the Treasury Steven MnuchinSteven Terner Mnuchin Democrats reject short-term deal ahead of unemployment deadline Trump tests GOP loyalty with campaign tweet and stimulus strategy Shaheen and Chabot call for action on new round of PPP loans READ MORE and Chief of Staff of the White House Mark MeadowsMark Randall Meadows Democrats reject short-term deal ahead of unemployment deadline Trump tests GOP loyalty with election tweet and stimulus strategy Senate rejects coronavirus bills as unemployment cliff crumbles PLUS profile looking for a deal. Despite their persistence, the parties have emerged every day to say that their only deal is to disagree.

The four negotiators are expected to speak again on Friday by phone.

Meanwhile, a $ 600 weekly state unemployment benefit subsidy is set to expire at the end of the day on Friday, leading both sides to point fingers at each other for putting millions of beneficiaries in a predicament. difficult economic.

“We’ll see what they come back to today,” Pelosi said. “But don’t take any thought in their mind that they want to continue the $ 600. “



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