Congress Fumbles Marijuana Reform Again—But That Might Be Good

A last-ditch effort to pass limited federal marijuana banking reform by tucking it into Congress’s annual military spending bill failed on Tuesday—though in a demonstration of a deepening divide within the cannabis industry, not every legalization advocate is complaining.

After years of inaction, this Democratic Party-controlled Congress seemed the likeliest in decades to pass some significant reform of federal marijuana policy, which has been virtually unchanged since former President Richard M. Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act more than 50 years ago.

While Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats have sponsored outright federal legalization, the best chance for a win in Washington seemed to be what’s known

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