Next year is shaping up to be a very pivotal year for marijuana reform. Republicans control the federal government, and some of the appointments out of the Trump administration are enough to cause nightmares for marijuana consumers. There are a lot of people that are optimistic and want to take a ‘wait and see’ approach, but I am not one of those people. A lot of gains have been made in the world of marijuana over the last 8 years, and many of them could be wiped out in an instance.
To be fair, there’s a lot of gains that cannot be reversed. 8 states have voted to legalize recreational marijuana, and 28 states have legalized medical marijuana. Washington D.C. has legalized both forms as well. Pandora is way outside of the box, so much that it’s impossible to roll back all progress. But marijuana opponents are emboldened. Kevin Sabet was recently quoted as saying that ‘all options are on the table’ which is something that was unthinkable the last 8 years.
Fortunately, there is a bipartisan effort led by some long time pro-cannabis members of Congress. Per Decode DC:
Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., are creating a caucus in hopes of improving the odds to passing federal marijuana reform bills.
“There needs to be more strategy between us, those of us who are engaged in this. More of a long-term strategy,” Rohrabacher told DecodeDC . “[And] we need to have a vehicle in which people on the outside will be able to work through and sort of have a team effort from the inside and the outside.”
Rohrabacher says Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., is likely to emerge as the spokesman for the caucus, which he said will begin meeting in January.
With the Republicans in control of the federal government, all the help from that side of the aisle the movement can get will be extremely important. I’m hopeful that this caucus can bring some logical reasoning to the federal conversation. Marijuana legalization is supported by 60% of Americans. That includes both sides of the aisle. I encourage you to contact your federal Representatives and urge them to support the new caucus. Marijuana is not going away in America!