As the 2018 Midterm Elections come to a close, both Democrats and Republicans need cannabis to exorcise the ghosts of elections past. While most Americans are optimistic about legalizing marijuana in some form this election cycle, only time will tell whether the anticipated victory is worth it or not.
The “democrats for cannabis” is a movement that has been gaining momentum in the past few years. This movement was started by people who have seen the benefits of cannabis and want to see it legalized in all 50 states.
You may have observed that both political parties in the United States are now plagued. What about the apparitions? Elections from the past resurface.
The ghost of 2020 has been summoned up very publicly for Republicans by a presidential contender who refuses to concede loss. Meanwhile, Democrats are reminiscing over the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, a momentous but difficult technical victory that, like the current infrastructure package, was followed by catastrophic election defeats.
Republicans are now doing a better job of exorcising their electoral demons, with Glenn Youngkin’s win in Virginia serving as arguably the most shocking example. President Biden now has the task of delivering a common-sense, easy-to-understand win for the American people by 2022. In terms of cannabis law, he has a distinct advantage.
If we could make phantom trips to the dinner tables of today’s voters, like Ebenezer Scrooge did in A Christmas Carol, we’d be able to witness how ordinary Americans are grappling with the inconsistencies of today’s cannabis regulations.
We’d be able to hear the bewilderment. How is it that almost half of the population of the United Places lives in states where cannabis is legal, yet 66 million Americans nonetheless live with the ramifications of cannabis-related criminal records?
We’d be able to hear the uproar. How long can our country bear the consequences of unjustly targeted cannabis enforcement, which disproportionately affects people of color and severely limits their job, education, and housing opportunities?
We’d largely hear the rage directed at Washington. Why can’t leaders come up with a logical, uniform cannabis policy that applies across the board? Why is there such a stalemate? Why is there such a long delay? The achievement of cannabis reform would benefit both parties.
Cannabis legalization is now supported by a large majority of politicians. The public’s support for the president has reached a five-year high, and it is no longer confined to the left. More than half of Republicans now support cannabis liberalization. In 2020, voters in red Montana and purple Arizona adopted recreational marijuana ballot proposals, making cannabis completely legal in a majority of states.
Additional momentum for cannabis reform will be seen in the battlegrounds of 2022 and 2024. Three years ago, Michigan became the third state to legalize recreational marijuana. Recreational cannabis law was enacted earlier this year in Virginia, where the governorship was just reversed. Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are also considering legislation. The federal government has taken note. Representatives David Joyce and Nancy Mace, both Republicans, have filed cannabis legalization bills in recent weeks.
Senators Cory Booker, Ron Wyden, and Chuck Schumer are scheduled to present The Cannabis Administration & Opportunity Act in the United States Senate in 2022. It is absolutely feasible to reach a bipartisan agreement.
It is also in both sides’ best interests to reach this agreement. Democrats, beginning with Vice President Joe Biden, must take the lead on cannabis policy, or risk losing the genuine voter excitement it generates to more libertarian voices. Republicans see an opportunity in marijuana policy arguments that are infused with freedom. Incumbents, particularly in moderate states and districts, are keen to take control of the issue.
These dynamics may soon coalesce to propel bipartisan cannabis reform legislation through a Congress that is otherwise split. Such a once-in-a-lifetime achievement would promote social fairness, create millions of employment, and earn billions in federal taxes that could be used to support families, veterans, communities of color, and small businesses during the COVID-19 epidemic and beyond.
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