As midterms approach, Capitol Hill lawmakers push banking reforms for legal cannabis

| Posted in In the News

WASHINGTON — Retailers, industry activists and U.S. lawmakers are making one last push to ease federal financing restrictions on America's burgeoning cannabis industry before midterm elections that could reshape the political landscape on Capitol Hill. Members of the National Cannabis Industry Association just wrapped up two days of lobbying on behalf of the SAFE Banking Act,…

This ‘weird committee’ isn’t calling it quits quite yet

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It felt almost like a graduation ceremony Wednesday at the final hearing of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, as witnesses and lawmakers alike celebrated their wins and dreamed of the future. “This is the most important work going on in Congress today,” said Diane Hill of the Partnership for Public Service. Hill’s organization is part of a constellation of…

Lawmakers break losing streak at Congressional Softball Game

| Posted in In the News

Before members of Congress head into the final innings of the midterm campaign season, they pulled off another kind of winning campaign Wednesday night. For the first time since 2015, the lawmakers defeated the press team at the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game. With a final score of 6-5, it was a back-and-forth defensive battle that ended with a twist. Rep. Kat Cammack…

Goodbyes on Aisle 4 — Rep. Perlmutter wraps up last ‘Government in the Grocery’

| Posted in In the News

On a recent Saturday at a Safeway in Lakewood, dozens of people weaved through aisles stocked with cheese and tables stacked with veggies. But this wasn’t the normal weekend rush for groceries. They’d come to see Representative Ed Perlmutter, who’d set up shop next to the flower department to talk one-on-one with constituents. Perlmutter has held more than 100 of these events since…

Rep. Ed Perlmutter visits Lakewood for final Government in the Grocery event

| Posted in In the News

Racism and the economy were some of the issues brought up to U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) at his final Government in the Grocery event Aug. 27 in Lakewood. A community event he’s held since 2007, Government in the Grocery allows Perlmutter to meet with locals one-on-one at a table set up in grocery stores so people can suggest policy changes, ask for help or just air…

Congressional baseball game’s “designated heckler” Ed Perlmutter takes his last swings before retirement

| Posted in In the News

Rep. Ed Perlmutter surveys the final practice at Nationals Park before the 2022 Congressional Baseball Game, July 28, 2022. Perlmutter says the competition plays an important role in helping members of Congress build friendships. “It doesn’t get better than this,” said Rep. Ed Perlmutter, looking out across the field of Nationals Park as his Democratic and Republican colleagues got in…

Lawmakers Talk Next Steps For Marijuana Banking As Industry Group Launches New Ads Highlighting Harms Of Cash-Only Sales

| Posted in In the News

Three congressional lawmakers participated in a briefing about the path forward for marijuana banking reform on Wednesday, reaffirming the urgent need for a policy change as a public safety and economic equity issue and addressing the political “momentum” that they’ve built to finally enact reform. The event, organized by the U.S. Cannabis Council (USCC), coincided with the release of…

Cannabis banking provisions clear House for seventh time

| Posted in In the News

The House on Thursday passed for the seventh time provisions that would allow cannabis businesses to use banking services, although the amendment to the fiscal 2023 defense authorization bill faces an uphill battle to become law. Past efforts to pass cannabis banking provisions, both as stand-alone legislation and as amendments attached to must-pass bills, have languished in the…

AdCo DA unveils large grant for domestic violence victims

| Posted in In the News

Brighton and Thornton are the testing grounds for a new $2 million program to give tangible help to high-risk victims of domestic violence. The program, announced June 27 by 17th Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason and federal, state and county elected officials and local police, will be able to offer resources such as temporary housing, legal assistance, mental-health treatment and…

Adams, Broomfield counties aim to disrupt domestic violence with $2 million federal grant

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A pilot program aimed at helping people escape domestic violence in Thornton and Brighton will be expanded throughout Adams County and into Broomfield with $2 million in federal funding, officials announced Monday. The program creates a multi-agency team — with members from law enforcement, the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, victim services providers, the housing authority,…

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