As the race to the White House heats up, cannabis has become a major platform.
In fact, Democratic candidate Sen. Kamala Harris just introduced a marijuana bill this week that would decriminalize the substance at the federal level. The bill would also expunge marijuana convictions, and tax marijuana to generate revenue.
Reportedly, Harris wrote the bill – Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act – with House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler.
"We need to start regulating marijuana, and expunge marijuana convictions from the records of millions of Americans so they can get on with their lives," she said. "As marijuana becomes legal across the country, we must make sure everyone—especially communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs—has a real opportunity to participate in this growing industry."
However, Kamala Harris isn’t the Only One in Support
Just days ago, the President said he would support bipartisan efforts in Congress to ease the federal ban on marijuana. Part of the reason for that is the current ban has created sizable conflict with states that have legalized its use in some form.
New legislation now seeks to ensure that states have the right to determine on their own the best approach to marijuana legalization inside their own borders.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has co-sponsored a bill with Republican Sen. Cory Gardner to protect state legalization efforts and has said on the campaign trail that she favors legalization at the federal level.
Sen. Kirsten Gellibrand unveiled her plan to legalize marijuana, which includes taxing legal cannabis and helping small businesses.
Sen. Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Bill in the U.S. Senate, which would legalize marijuana, expunge criminal records of nonviolent marijuana convictions and creates a “community reinvestment fund.”
On the road to the White House in 2020, we expect cannabis to gain great traction.