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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Hopes to End Cannabis Prohibition by 4/20/22

Hope everyone had a good holiday celebration. There were certainly plenty of reasons for the cannabis community to celebrate yesterday and to continue celebrating as we have been making tremendous progress in our fight for freedom, all across the nation and the globe. It’s a relatively slow and steady political and cultural battle, but it’s easy to see that the momentum is on our side as even our opponents have started to concede ground, claiming that they now support decriminalization.

It’s a real untenable situation for Reefer Madness prohibitionists who find themselves on the fringe, as less than 10% of Americans want cannabis to remain completely illegal. In a huge sign of our progress, the SAFE Banking Act passed the House on Monday by a whopping 321-101 margin. And then on the cannabis community’s sacred day, New York Senator Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor on 4/20 to announce his hope that federal prohibition has been swept into the dustbin of history where it belongs by 4/20/22, as CNBC reported:

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday reiterated his call to legalize marijuana at the federal level, saying he hopes to see an end to the drug’s prohibition by next year’s 4/20.

“Hopefully, the next time this unofficial holiday, 4/20, rolls around, our country will have made progress in addressing the massive overcriminalization of marijuana in a meaningful and comprehensive way,” Schumer said on the floor of the upper chamber.

Schumer said the nation’s war on drugs has “too often been a war on people, particularly people of color.” “I believe the time has come to end the federal prohibition on marijuana in this country, and I’m working with Sens. Booker and Wyden on legislation to do just that,” he said.

There’s never been a better time to be a drug policy reform activist and we are so close to the promised land. It was heartening to see all of my federal representatives, Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley all make 4/20 statements about working to legalize cannabis for all adults. It’s been a rather remarkable ride for the cannabis community, we just need to continue working hard and smart, step by step, state by state. It helps to have the truth on our side because eventually, it shall set us all free.

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Cannabis and Drug Policy Reforms Were the Big 2020 Election Winners

While we are still waiting on some states and races to finalize and certify the 2020 election results, enough votes have been counted across the nation to know that cannabis and positive drug policy reform measures were the big winners on the 2020 ballot. No recounts or lawsuits needed.

Arizona, New Jersey, Montana, and South Dakota joined the ranks of legalized states as Mississippi passed a medical measure (South Dakota also passed a medical law). Washington, D.C., passed a psychedelic decriminalization measure and the great state of Oregon shook up the world by legalizing medical psilocybin and decriminalizing personal possession of all drugs.

Once again, reforming the Drug War, especially ending the War on Cannabis, has proven to be a bipartisan or nonpartisan issue. It is time that our elected officials start representing the will of the people and immediately end cannabis prohibition and rolling back harmful Drug War arrests and prosecutions. Advocates, in the meantime must continue to pressure their representatives and policymakers while organizing efforts to pass more initiatives to take the issue directly to the voters.

It is beyond ridiculous that small craft cannabis businesses like Kind Leaf continue to have their progress hindered by discriminatory regulations and laws. The cannabis industry is creating jobs and generating revenue for Oregon and other states wise enough to end prohibition within their borders, but face too many obstacles such as a lack of banking services, exorbitant taxes, and a prohibition from utilizing state government services available to other businesses.

As usual for the cannabis community, and drug policy reformers, we can take some time to revel in our victories, but must plan on working even harder to achieve true equality. Each political and cultural victory means that we are one step closer. Step by step, the truth shall set us all free. Let’s rejoice in our gains and continue the work.

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