House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said provisions aiding the marijuana industry should remain in a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package despite criticism that the provisions have nothing to do with the pandemic.

“I don’t agree with you that cannabis is not related to this,” the California Democrat told reporters. “This is a therapy that has proven successful.”

Pelosi defended the cannabis provisions after bipartisan talks fell apart on passing a compromise coronavirus aid bill that would also extend expiring unemployment benefits. The two parties have traded barbs about unrelated spending provisions in their dueling proposals.

 

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