For today's weed news we go to the United States Congress.
You may have heard that Democrats recently took over Congress in the United States. And many of them have been loudly proclaiming their support for cannabis law reform.
Well, just a few days after taking control of Congress, a Democratic Congressman named Earl Blumenauer has already introduced a brand new bill to legalize cannabis!
The bill is called HR 420 and wants to remove cannabis from the controlled substances list all together and let States decide for themselves how they want to regulate cannabis in their jurisdictions.
"While the bill number may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, the issue is very serious. Our federal marijuana laws are outdated, out-of-touch and have negatively impacted countless lives... Congress cannot continue to be out of touch with the movement that a growing majority of Americans support. It's time to end this senseless prohibition," said Blumenauer
Holy shit, dude took the words right out of my mouth!
HR 420 would essentially take the DEA's authority over cannabis away and instead, weed would be regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. But if the bill does pass, the Bureau will be renamed and become the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives.
The bill also calls for the creation of a new bureau within the Department of Treasury that would be responsible for overseeing issues related to money and cannabis.
Many people seem to be amused by the name of the bill, but I feel like there is a lot more going on here than that. The way representative Blumenauer talks about the current cannabis situation and the laws in America is spot-on in my opinion. And if that's the kind of rhetoric that senators and Congress men and women are being exposed to by their colleagues, I really am starting to think that weed is not going to be a schedule 1 drug much longer.
In my opinion, this bill has a pretty good chance of getting through Congress. Let's just hope that the president doesn't veto it if it does.
And that's what's up are U.S. Congress!
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