Federal Cannabis Legislation Gaining in Numbers

Cannabit: Federal Cannabis Legislation Gaining in Numbers / 03192017

  • The debate over policy reform in Congress has experienced a sharp uptick over the past few sessions, setting the stage for national cannabis reform in the coming years.
  • There were 71 cannabis-related bills introduced during the 2015-2016 congressional session representing a 78% increase from the 40 cannabis-related bills during the previous session.
  • There has been 223% growth in cannabis-related bills introduced from the 2011-2012 session to the 2015-2016 congressional session.
  • Of the 71 cannabis-related bills in the 2015-2016 session, 50 were considered industry-friendly, 13 were industry-hostile, and the remaining eight were deemed industry-neutral or only loosely affiliated with cannabis.