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Senate Aiming HIGH with Merry-Juana Christmas Legislation

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As Americans begin to prepare for the Christmas holiday, we find ourselves equally blessed and stressed, as we juggle family travel plans, our budgets, and our work schedules.

The cheeriest holiday of them all can be a whole lot of work, and we often find ourselves trying to find the time to take a deep breath while also letting a little extra whiskey slip into the eggnog.

But, if the Senate has their way, Americans might be inching closer to having another way to take a load off during the yuletide season.

A bipartisan group of senators is working to attach marijuana legislation to “must-pass” bills at the end of the year, according to a new report.

Led by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the group, according to Axios, has received the Department of Justice’s blessing to implement legislation that would allow cannabis companies access to banking institutions and create grants for state expungement of past marijuana convictions.

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The outlet reported that the “targeted legislation” stems from the pairing of two bills — the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act and the Harnessing Opportunities by Pursuing Expungement (HOPE) Act.

The SAFE Banking Act, which has passed through the House six times, allows federally-insured banks to work with cannabis shops and related companies in states that have legalized marijuana.

The move would negate several of the major hurdles left for full-scale legalization of the plant – something that could provide our nation with a rather prosperous agricultural boom.

The Senators involved don’t always see eye-to-eye, making the bipartisanship involved truly a spectacle to behold.

Schumer has been working across the aisle in the Senate to advance the legislation, talking with prominent Republicans like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Montana Sen. Steve Daines, and Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan to advance the legislation.

The group is planning to attach the legislation to one of the nation’s yearly, “must pass” bills, (such as the Defense Authorization Act), in order to make it more likely to pass.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.