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Kellan Howell

Political Reporter

Kellan Howell is a political reporter focusing on health care and drug policy in Washington, D.C. Before working at Newsy, Kellan covered politics for Circa and The Washington Times. She graduated from James Madison University in 2013 and earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and international affairs. Her reporting on cannabis policy has been featured on "Late Night with John Oliver."

  Recent Work
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Why The Trump Administration Can't Regulate Marijuana Vapes

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DEA Says It Will Expand Access To Marijuana for Research

A marijuana plant during a 420 celebration.
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Report: States Shouldn't Bank On Marijuana Tax Revenue

Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd in Windsor, Canada.
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Voters (And Candidates) Look Abroad For Prescription Drug Solutions

Sen. Jeff Merkley, (D-Ore.) is co-sponsoring legislation to allow marijuana businesses to access the banking system.
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The GOP-Led Senate Hearing on Weed Banking Is Huge. Here's Why.

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CBD Related Poisonings Reach Highest Levels Yet, Here's Why

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Why Marijuana Advocates Disagree On Legal Home Growing

Former 2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks with Newsy.
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Carly Fiorina Explains What It Takes To Stand Out In A Packed Debate

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CBD Is Common. Is It Safe Or Legal?

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How One 2020 Candidate Wants to Help Veterans Get Medical Weed

An exam room at La Clinica Del Pueblo, an immigrant community health center in Washington, D.C.
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Immigrants Fear Having Health Insurance Could Hurt Legal Status

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Why Canada Wants A Weed Trade Deal With The U.S.

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Why Joe Biden's Role In Drug War Could Stunt His 2020 Campaign

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Why People Of Color Are Being Shut Out Of The Cannabis Industry

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Why Tax Day Is So Much Harder For Marijuana Businesses

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Nielsen Ouster Sparks New Wave of Immigration Fears

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Obamacare Is Popular With Conservatives. So Is Repealing It.

Marijuana at Herbal Alternatives medical marijuana dispensary in Washington, D.C.
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A Bill To Let Weed Businesses Use Banks Is One Step Closer to Passing

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How 2020 Dems Are Talking About The Mueller Report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller
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Mueller's Final Report Could Model Past Special Investigations


What 2020 Candidates' Pot Platforms Say About Views On Legal Weed

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
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A Divisive Impeachment Attempt Could Backfire on Democrats

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Democrats Suffer Liberal Growing Pains in New Congress

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Party Leaders Urge Social Media Ceasefire for 2020 Dems

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
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Bernie Sanders Faces New Hurdles in 2020

2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris
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Why 2020 Dems Need To Tread Carefully on Medicare-For-All

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California Could Signal Start of Troubling Trend in Health Care

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
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Could An Independent Candidate Break Through in 2020?

Roger Stone, a former Trump advisor, leaves the Federal Courthouse on January 25, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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How Roger Stone Became The GOP's Most Unconventional Operative

Furloughed federal workers hold a silent protest of the government shutdown.
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Workers Say They're Going Without Food, Medicine 33 Days Into Shutdown