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IN THE GAME - Cannabis advocacy is blossoming in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, where U.S. House Democrats are scheduled tomorrow to convene the first-ever hearing looking at the marijuana industry’s access to banking. Not to be left out of the conversation: trade groups representing some of the biggest booze brands on the shelves. C. Ryan Barber reports that alcohol industry groups are asserting their voices ever more on cannabis issues as lawmakers address whether and how to embrace the regulatory schemes that are in place for liquor. Alcohol industry lobbyists say their mission is more educational than confrontational—especially as major spirits companies look for investment opportunities in the green wave.

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