A new bill has been introduced to Congress by a team of Democratic senators who think it’s unfair that cannabis businesses in legal states are excluded from federal aid while other businesses in the state are able to get a leg up with government-funded help.
Like all other businesses, they have been hit by the COVID pandemic, as business practices have been disrupted and sales have been affected. Now, they are being hit again by wildfires, which have harmed some outdoor grows.
“Cannabis businesses in Oregon hurt by the blazing wildfires or any other disaster shouldn’t be shut out from federal relief simply because the federal government is stuck in yesteryear,” said Senator Ron Wyden, according to a press release sent out about the newly introduced bill. “These legal small businesses employ thousands of workers and support our struggling economy. If they need federal support, they should get it. Full stop.”
The Small Business Disaster Relief Equity Act
The bill, backed by Senators Wyden, D-Ore., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., is known as the Small Business Disaster Relief Equity Act.