H.R. 420 – Bill to Legalalize Cannabis

On Wednesday, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) announced in a press release, that an important new bill has been filed which would finally put an end to cannabis prohibition. In homage to marijuana enthusiasts everywhere, Lawmakers have reserved the number H.R. 420 (which puts a smile on many faces).

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 Our federal marijuana laws are outdated, out of touch and have negatively impacted countless lives,” Blumenauer said via Forbes.com

Congressman Blumenauer also stated, “The Cannabis Caucus was the first of its kind to create a forum for elected officials to collaborate on ways to address our outdated federal marijuana laws…Congress is clearly out of step with the American people on cannabis when national support for federal marijuana legalization is at an all-time high and we saw several states move toward legalization last November.

If passed, The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act will finally eliminate cannabis as a controlled substance. This is just one of the many steps Congressman Blumenauer has taken toward Cannabis reform.

This past year, with the House being taken over by Democrats in the recent elections. Blumenauer had also released a step-by-step plan to legalize marijuana in 2019. With democracts on his side, we could possibly see the start of total cannabis reform.

Even if we don’t see movement on a federal level the next two years looks promising as more and more states are beginning to realize the significance of Cannabis and what it can bring.

Pro Cannabis Politicians (They Exist)

To many federal discussion on the legalization of cannabis seem common sense, but not all. Cannabis supporting politicians do exist! Not surprisingly support is rising and at an all time high for legalization.

Over 20 mayor candidates on the November 2018 ballot were in support of Cannabis, a record high. – Forbes.com

Not only democrats, but many Republicans have come out as a green candidate including former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry


“What I can do as the governor of the second-largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that’s what we’ve done over the last decade.” – [Rick Perry] speech at World Economic Forum

Via mic.com, A Running List of all the Politicians Who Support Marijuana Legalization So Far

For a fun article covering the last few years of Cannabis movement and more info about the politicians who support our industry, try this article on Betches.com – These Are The Politicians Who Are Down With 4/20
BY: SIMONE DE BETCHOIR / APRIL 20, 2018

Sources

https://blumenauer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/blumenauer-announces-co-chairs-congressional-cannabis-caucus-116th

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2019/01/09/new-congressional-marijuana-bill-is-actually-numbered-h-r-420/#f0166db2e605

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2018/11/01/marijuana-in-the-governors-mansion-record-number-of-candidates-say-legalize-it/#446bb91d2e93

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2018/10/17/congressman-issues-blueprint-to-legalize-marijuana-for-democratic-house-in-2019/#5c1442993aaf

https://mic.com/articles/87345/a-running-list-of-all-the-politicians-who-support-marijuana-legalization-so-far#.hPl7mgwar

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