Federal Marijuana Legalization

Why the next Congress is unlikely to legalize marijuana

Firstly, despite support for Federal Marijuana Legalization in the House, the Senate keeps holding up Legalized Cannabis change next year.

Zora Braun gestures as cars drive by a location in Oklahoma City where they can sign petitions for recreational marijuana.

But the Senate operates under a different reality.

Secondly, Many of the Senate’s older, conservative members are still resistant to any path to legalization for marijuana. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has mocked the House for action on cannabis and was unmoved even by Republican marijuana champion Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, a member of the chamber’s leadership, who won’t be around next year.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), for example, remains decidedly anti-weed although his home state made history by legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana on Election Day.

“I have not changed my position on it.

Moreover, he said he does not plan to work on revising federal marijuana laws, even piecemeal legislation like access to banking for cannabis businesses.

Lastly, some 49 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of Democrats support full legalization of marijuana, according to Gallup.

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