As you know, the pot industry is engaging in a full-court-press effort to get a taxpayer-funded bailout from Congress under the next round of COVID-19 stimulus aid.
It has mostly been industry organizations calling for this. But now, some of the industry’s biggest supporters in Congress have introduced a bill to make it happen.
Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Representative Ed Perlmutter of Colorado introduced HR. 6602, the so-called “Emergency Cannabis Small Business Health and Safety Act”, that would take the unprecedented step of subsidizing federally illegal pot businesses in the midst of a health crisis.
The bill would allow pot shops access to loans, incentives, and other taxpayer-funded benefits. All while the industry has been openly celebrating record profits as its lobbyists have strong-armed state leaders into declaring pot shops “essential.”
These two members of Congress have taken at least $118,000 from Big Pot, so it comes as no surprise that they are now blatantly doing the bidding of the industry.
It is absolutely galling that when so many businesses are sacrificing to protect the health and safety of the American public, pot shops would simultaneously demand to stay open and then request a federal bailout.