Senate Majority Leaders, Schumer and Sens. Cory Booker and Ron Wyden, have released draft law to federally decriminalize marijuana.
The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act would ensure that Americans in all communities are not arrested or excluded from receiving essential services for legal cannabis use. This proposal would also ensure that state-compliant cannabis companies have access to essential financial services and maintain the integrity of state cannabis laws while providing a path for state regulation.
Importantly, this bill goes a step beyond legalizing cannabis by wiping out nonviolent marijuana crimes at the federal level and allowing people currently in federal prison for nonviolent marijuana crimes to seek reconsideration from a court of law. It will also set up a fund to invest in the communities harmed by the war on drugs and provide restorative justice to the communities of color.
Senators Booker, Wyden, and Schumer thank Senator Murray and her HELP committee staff for their work in developing the Food and Drug Administration and public health components of the draft discussion.
Marijuana legalization is popular in the red and blue states
What makes this legislation so interesting is that 91% of Americans believe that cannabis should be legal for adult or medicinal purposes. A vote against this bill will put the Republicans in a pretty bad political position in the Senate.
For context, Republicans are used to voting against popular measures. Advanced weapons background checks have enjoyed more than 90% public support for years, but that hasn't moved Republicans in the slightest.
Even if this bill doesn't get passed in the current Senate, which it might do, but if it doesn't, Democrats are ready to bring it back if they increase their majority in the 2022 midterm elections.
The Senate vote will be a big day for America as it looks like the US is firmly on the way to federal marijuana legalization.
Mr. Easley is the executive editor of the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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