Today’s post, I will be focusing on an article by Tom Angell for Forbes. A quick summary is that this article focuses on Congress’ plan to vote on Legalizing Cannabis Federally! I am (obviously) a huge proponent on legalizing, however this official vote does bring insight to the divides and hidden intricacies of legalization. Let’s get into the nitty gritty friends!!
Firstly, the legislation is called the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. This would be a huge win for the cannabis industry and is the only way we should progress as cannabis becomes less of a taboo. The MORE Act would not only remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) but would also designate money to be used to benefit those affected by the “War on Drugs.”
If this passes, this would be the end of cannabis prohibition and the beginning of a whole new world!
That may seem a tad over-dramatic, but that’s how I roll. Seriously though this would really begin a whole new type of cannabis industry. It would allow states to decide how to regulate. It would affect how businesses work, it may allow for cross-state transportation; meaning my company in Colorado could ship products into New Mexican dispensaries and vice versa. Who knows, maybe with the entire country smoking or eating weed then we can all get along!
A lady can dream. Yes I am high whilst writing this, I mean its a cannabis blog, so now lets get back to the point at hand!
Legalization alone is not enough, we must also be mindful of the thousands of people who are incarcerated. The war on drugs, targeted black and hispanic people and are the ones who are sitting in jail due to possession. They also have a very difficult time to find jobs after jail, which leads to a never ending cycle. When cannabis becomes federally legal, it wouldn’t make sense to continue to incarcerate them and would not be fair for them to have a record for using something that is now legal, and shouldn’t have been illegal.
Yes you heard me right, cannabis shouldn’t have ever been illegal. This federal legalization is long overdue, and it is important that we expunge the record of all cannabis convictions as a result. Legalization and Expungement are like peanut butter and jelly or mac and cheese. Sure you could have one without the other, but it only combined that you experience a perfect harmony.
So there we have it, I also included sources if you want to read for yourself.
Do you guys want to more learn about the political side of cannabis, the daily lifestyle, or how to’s? Or all of the above! Let me know!
Angell, T. (2019, November 16). Vote To Federally Legalize Marijuana Planned In Congress. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2019/11/16/vote-to-federally-legalize-marijuana-planned-in-congress/amp/#referrer=https://www.google.com&_tf=From %1$s.
Resing, C. (2019, April 22). Marijuana Legalization Is a Racial Justice Issue. Retrieved from https://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/drug-law-reform/marijuana-legalization-racial-justice-issue.