Just like every week since Trump took office, it’s been a busy week in US politics. That’s probably why you might have missed the news of the first ever Cannabis Caucus being formed in the US House this week.
What is the Cannabis Caucus? They are a group of US Representatives that are dedicated to passing a law to end cannabis prohibition throughout the US. The caucus consists of four members of the US House: Dana Rohrabacher (R, CA), Don Young (R, AK), Earl Blumenauer (D, OR), and Jared Polis (D, CO).
At a press conference given at the US Capitol last Thursday, Representative Dana Rohrabacher said:
We’re stepping forward together to say we’ve got to make major changes in our country’s attitude toward cannabis.And if we do, many people are going to live better lives, it’s going to be better for our country, better for people, and it makes economic sense at a time when every penny must count for government.
The Cannabis Caucus was formed in response to the Trump administration, in particular former senator Jeff Sessions being confirmed as Attorney General. The notoriously anti-cannabis Sessions has not been particularly forthcoming in what he plans to do about federal prohibition laws, including whether he plans on enforcing them in states where cannabis is legal. Legalization advocates are in a bit of a panic right now.
This is the first time any sort of pro legalization group has been formed in Congress. The group is made up of an equal mix of Democrats and Republicans, so there’s no chance of partisan politics getting in the way. The Cannabis Caucus has an uphill battle ahead of them, and we wish them well.
You can watch the Cannabis Caucus’ first press conference in full here.
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