Thursday, June 20, 2024

The First Congressional Cannabis Caucus Is Happening Now

As marijuana legalization continues to spread across the country, lawmakers are working to keep up. The first-ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus is here, and they’re ready to get shit done.

The purpose of the caucus, made up of four bipartisan lawmakers, will be to “discuss, learn and work together to establish a better and more rational approach to federal cannabis policy” as well as work together with states’ laws and policies.

Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Don Young (AK-At Large), and Jared Polis (CO-02) announced the caucus earlier this month.

Consumerist reports:

“The prohibition of cannabis has been a failure, and Americans across our nation are demanding a more sensible approach,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “Following the November election, federal laws are now out of step with 44 states. The time is now to come together and bring the federal government in line with the will of the American people.”

Rep. Rohrabacher says if the major changes they’re looking for happen, including a shift on how the country views cannabis use, “many people are going to live better lives, it’s going to be better for our country, better for people, and it makes economic sense at a time when every penny must count for government.”

“The federal government’s decades-long approach to marijuana is a colossal, cruel joke, and most Americans know it,” said Rohrabacher in the press conference. Watch the full press conference, here:

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