It is February and we are living under a new presidential administration. This means that there is a new day for the future of cannabis in the United States. While former President Donald Trump was clearly not anti-weed, hinting at the 2016 campaign trail that he considered it an issue of state authority, his administration was no friend to marijuana – a house-pass related to marijuana convictions Preventing bills, saving 2013 col. Memorandum (which directs federal prosecutors not to pursue marijuana indictments in weed-legal states), and even plans to remove protections for state medical marijuana laws in its 2021 fiscal budget. Is going into
Typically, the Biden-Harris administration comes as a relief to weed lovers. But that’s not exactly Tommy Chong and Harris was the Attorney General of California (with a strict stance on marijuana-related crime) before running his Senate. So while progress was essentially halted under Trump, additions are not yet expected in the White House. Nevertheless, there is good reason to believe that we are moving in a more progressive direction.
Here is the current state of cannabis and where things seem under our new president and VP:
President Biden’s views:
Given Biden’s track record in the Senate about marijuana … not very encouraging. In 1986, then-Senator Biden introduced the Comprehensive Narcotics Control Act, which helped strengthen the federal government’s already strict drug enforcement policies in 1993, sponsoring the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which was followed directly by the Crimes of 1994 The bill (the infamous bill in which mandatory minimum sentences were sentenced), established a three-strike mandatory life sentence, and had a tremendous impact on mass harassment.
To President Biden’s credit, his views on cannabis have developed since his days as a member of the United States Senate. On the 2020 campaign trail, Biden indicated that he believed cannabis needed to be “basically legalized”, but was not for full federal legalization. According to Politko, Biden campaigned on a policy that included abolishing marijuana-related criminal penalties, eliminating marijuana-related criminal records, but eventually left recreational legalization for the states. Certainly a mild improvement over the last four years and a definite reform if proposed by Trump for 2021.
Vice President Harris’ vision:
Vice President Kamala Harris has her own troubled and dismal legacy with marijuana and clutter. Forbes During his time as a prosecutor in California, the report stated that Vice President Harris served more than 1,900 cannabis-related convictions in San Francisco, an increase over his predecessor.
according to Sacramento BeeAs a California prosecutor, Harris opposed the state’s 2010 initiative to legalize the drug in some cases. As attorney general, Harris did not withdraw the 2016 Proposition 64, which would create the state’s now rapidly growing legal hemp market. However, as a senator, Harris’s views shifted. According to United states todayWhile in the Senate, Vice President Harris co-sponsored a Senate resolution with Sen. Corey Booker that would make marijuana legal, abolish criminal records, and a reinvestment to help communities directly affected by the war on drugs. Will create fund.
On the 2020 campaign trail, Kamala Harris doubled to the position she said during an October vice-presidential debate that a Biden-Harris administration would “reduce marijuana, and we’ll re-uncover the records of those whom Pleaded guilty to marijuana offenses. “This is a major step in the right direction – exposing criminal records and attempting to correct the injustice of the drug war is an incredibly important step – but Harris did not withdraw full federal legalization.”
Where does Congress stand?
One of the reasons for the progress of cannabis stalled under the Trump administration was Mitch McConnell, then the Senate’s leading leader. Despite widespread bipartisan support for cannabis, Mitch McConnell will not let cannabis-related bills come to the floor for debate, let alone vote. The Democratic Party now holds a majority in both the House and Senate, meaning that it is going to be very easy for the Biden administration to deliver some of its campaign promises and governance in the most effective way.
But not yet celebrated, the Democratic majority in the Senate is slim, with a 50-50 share. This would sometimes prove to be a good thing, as Vice President Harris would serve as a tie-breaking vote, but would require a fully integrated front on the part of the democratic caucus, which is easier said than done. This almost guarantees that a direct vote on federal legalization will not take place in the next four years, with legitimacy expected to gain Bipartisan support instead.
However, there are some positive signs:
The Senate is now under the head leadership of Sen. Chuck Schumer, who Politico The reports are the main sponsors of the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, which will jointly reduce marijuana and create a trust fund for small businesses owned by minorities, women, and marginalized groups operating in the cannabis industry. Sen. Schumer is the first highly placed politician of any political party to support full nationwide legalization.
The time has come to reduce marijuana in this country.
– Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) 14 September 2020
In a recent interview with former NBA player Al Harrington – who owns his own brand of cannabis, Viola – Schumer confirmed that lawmakers in the 117th Congress are now in the process of merging several existing marijuana bills. One of those bills is likely the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expenditure (MORE) Act, which passed the House last year with bipartisan support, but was not able to advance to the Senate. The greater act would reintroduce marijuana records, use tax revenue from cannabis sales, revive communities affected by the war on drugs, and provide funding for efforts to reintroduce former hemp records. Sen. Schumer says that the new bill would like to do the following:
He said, “States should do whatever they want.” Number two, the expulsion of records, should not be that one should bear this burden throughout his life when introducing marijuana should not have been a criminal offense. Number three, the tax that would be created by legalization should go to the minority community, to help minority businesses… It was the minority community that was suffering so we should put money back into the minority community. I do not want these big tobacco companies to come forward and embarrass everyone. “
Marijuana enforcement does not bear the same burden:
The 2018 NYT report shows that Latino was arrested at a rate of 5x blondes on charges of low-level marijuana.
Thousands of Americans should not make their record for something they do not believe should be a crime. https://t.co/LSg0lpfH1i
– Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) 12 December 2020
Outside of the reform, we can also expect to pass the cannabis banking law, which is a big thing for the legitimacy of cannabis as a business. Banks will not deal with cannabis companies right now as doing so would violate the Controlled Substances Act. Not only is there bipartisan support for removing cannabis from its status as a Schedule 1 drug, but Politico The SAFE Banking Act, which will open banks to the cannabis industry, also has widespread support from both sides in both chambers of Congress.
Legislations surrounding medical marijuana also have widespread support in both the Senate and the House, so more studies around cannabis are expected to come out of Biden’s first term.
The most promising, weed-legal states also have cannabis pro-Democrats now sit in several committee chairs, which would ensure that cannabis would not be ignored as if McConnell was under Congress. The The hill Sen. Cory Booker – a longtime advocate for legal marijuana and criminal justice reform – is likely to use his role in the Senate Judiciary Committee to ensure the report is reformed. The incoming Senate appropriation chair will be Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, a weed-legal state, and the Senate Finance Committee will be chaired by Ron Weiden of Oregon, as well as a longtime proponent of legalization who introduced his own legislation about the past The prohibition regulatory structure. So when President Biden stops supporting federal legalization, many Democrats remain in power, and this is a good sign.