There’s optimism brewing on Capitol Hill that Congress could maintain or even accelerate marijuana legalization’s momentum in the face of rising concerns that the industry could be snuffed out federally.

Members of a newly formed bipartisan “Cannabis Caucus” are preparing to introduce a slew of legislation — including resurrecting bills from sessions’ past — and aiming to develop a united front to further congressional action on cannabis. And weeks before the official launch of the caucus, they say support is building, even amid a backdrop of uncertainty for the industry under the watch of prospective Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“This Congress is going to be a little better than last Congress, and last Congress was better than the one before that,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, in an interview with The Cannabist. “It’s very interesting watching the momentum build.”

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