While speaking to a gathering of cannabusiness owners at Cultivation Classic last month US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) made a startling, if not optimistic statement: he believes that cannabis legalization is less than 4 years away in the US. “I made a bet that within five years, every state will be able to treat cannabis like alcohol and there will be universal access to medical marijuana,” Blumenauer said “If we do our job, it’s game over in 2 years.”
Blumenauer’s strategy is pretty simple on the surface: take over the US House in the 2018 midterm elections in November. Support for cannabis legalization (or at the very least rescheduling) enjoys broad support in both parties. Even long time canna-hater John Boehner, once a fierce opponent of legalization announced a couple months ago his intention to get involved in the cannabis industry. Blumenauer does not question Boehner’s motives behind his sudden change of heart, though he really should. It’s pretty common knowledge that Boehner’s change of heart is because he saw the potential to make some big bucks and decided to capitalize.
The strategy that Blumenauer outlines is a pretty simple one, but it will be easier said than done; the Democrats would have to win over a large amount of seats in the House, and to say that they are not very popular would be a bit of an understatement. Right now the Democrats’ approval rating is right on par with, if not lower than the GOP. There’s also the fact that voting districts have been gerrymandered all to hell in order to favor the GOP. In all likelihood, the Democrats don’t really stand a chance of taking over the House until the new census is taken in 10 years.
Regardless, it’s difficult not to be swayed by his optimism. Perhaps if the Democrats can put together a better strategy for November, descheduling cannabis could be a possibility. Until then, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Source: Willamette Weekly
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