Here at CLR most of this just sounds like electioneering. Earlier this week it was all about decriminalization and now we’re talking legalization.
Here are just some of the latest statements that sound more like desire to us.
Make of it , what you will
Marijuana Moment write August 27..
Marijuana legalization will be at the forefront of the congressional agenda in 2021 if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) are elected, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said on Tuesday.
During a forum hosted by the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECM) and other groups, the senator, who is currently facing a primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), said the policy change “should happen in 2021.”
“It should be, amongst other things, a recognition that so much of what has happened over the last 20 to 25 years in our country is that we have criminalized being black, being brown, being immigrant, being poor, substance issues, mental health issues, homelessness issues—we’ve criminalized it,” he said.
Over at NORML the push continues…..
August 28, 2020House lawmakers today began preparing for a September floor vote on legislation – The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act a/k/a The MORE Act — to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act. The forthcoming vote would mark the first time since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which placed cannabis in the same category as heroin as a Schedule I controlled substance, that a Congressional chamber has voted to remove marijuana from its prohibitive classification.
Passage of The MORE Act is essential in order to truly right the wrongs of federal marijuana criminalization, and to once and for all allow the majority of states that have legalized cannabis for either medical or adult-use to embrace these policies free from the threat of undue federal prosecution or interference.
Since the bill’s introduction last year, NORML has been a leader in the federal lobbying efforts in support of The MORE Act. To date, NORML members have sent over 100,000 messages to Congress in support of the Act’s passage.
But we cannot let up now. Not when we are this close.
Then back to Marijuana Moment
House To Vote On Historic Marijuana Legalization Bill Next Month, Leadership Announces
The House will be voting on a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill in September, congressional leadership confirmed on Friday.
While the floor vote has not yet been scheduled, Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said in an email blast to members that the chamber is “expected” to take up the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act during the “September work period.”
Marijuana Moment first reported in July on imminent plans to hold a House vote on the cannabis descheduling bill. The legislation, introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) last year, cleared his panel and was referred to several other committees. It’s not clear whether those committees will waive jurisdiction or mark up the bill in order for it to get a full chamber vote
The MORE Act would federally deschedule cannabis, expunge the records of those with prior marijuana convictions and impose a federal five percent tax on sales, revenue from which would be reinvested in communities most impacted by the drug war.
As always we say … Senate, Mitch Mcconnell and then onto the Brazilian soap opera at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
There’s a song about that