It can certainly be seen as progress when the United States Senate passes a bill that includes federal protections for states medical cannabis programs, especially with an overwhelming vote of 84 to 9. Sometimes, it is imperative to remember how far we’ve come as a nation as medical marijuana growers were still suffering through federal raids less than a decade ago. The times, they are a-changin’, but we still need more positive reforms. Fortunately, those reforms appear to be on the horizon.
It is great to see the Senate’s medical cannabis protection provision, which has been put in place every year since 2014 to prevent the Department of Justice from using any funds to interfere with state-regulated medical patients and businesses, garner such strong bipartisan support, the Senate should really follow the House’s lead and pass protections for recreational consumers and businesses as well. With the U.S. House passing a comprehensive cannabis protection bill by a 267-165 vote, flipping over 60 votes in four short years, it is easy to see that progress is on the march.
And, let’s not forget the House’s bill that will (FINALLY) provide cannabis businesses with the same banking services as any other business. The SAFE Banking Act was passed just over a month ago, by a whopping 321-103, vote. United States Senators, let’s hurry this up, please, because we really need tax reform for the cannabis community as well.
While change comes much too slow for folks that are educated about cannabis, we can all be proud of creating positive reforms that are decreasing arrests, creating jobs, and funding schools and other important services. No one knows how long it will take to fully treat cannabis businesses like they should, but we can see the progress being made. Each step in the right direction allows cannabis businesses like Kind Leaf a chance to pass along new-found savings (on their taxes and financial fees) onto their patients and customers.