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The group wants an end to the prohibition, criminalization and overregulation of cannabis in the USA

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The Cannabis Freedom Alliance (CFA) has some lofty goals and strong support, including billionaire Charles Koch, weed lover and entrepreneur Snoop Dogg, and grace activist Weldon Angelos.

The CFA emerged from a Zoom appeal that all three men participated in last summer. According to Politico, there have been a number of revelations, including Koch’s support for legalizing all drugs.

“I knew his position on drugs was very libertarian,” Angelos told the publication. “I just didn’t know he supported legalizing all drugs,” noted the cannabis entrepreneur and hip-hop producer who was sentenced to 55 years in prison nearly two decades ago but was pardoned by President Donald Trump last year.

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Angelos had reportedly previously connected with the Koch network to review his support for the legalization of cannabis at the federal level in the United States. Compared to former Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, current Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sees a far better opportunity to get a weed legalization bill in a vote, he suggested to Politico. Sixty yes votes are required for such a law to be passed.

Schumer was very vocal about his support for the removal of the current regulations and tweeted last week that he “will continue to work in the Senate to end the federal marijuana ban and undo the damage of the war on drugs.”

FILE: Charles G. Koch is the chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc., a position he has held since 1967.  / FILE: Charles G. Koch is the chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc., a position he has held since 1967. / Photo from Koch Industries website

Earlier this week, the CFA reported that it was “launched to end the banning, criminalization and overregulation of cannabis in the United States. The CFA aims to help all Americans reach their full potential and limit the number of barriers that hinder innovation and entrepreneurship in a free and open market. “

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“Ending the cannabis ban and incarceration is a moral imperative,” Angelos said in the statement.

“For too long, cruel laws punishing nonviolent cannabis crimes have ruined the lives of people across the country – myself included. It is high time that Congress and the President corrected this injustice and gave those harmed by the cannabis ban the opportunity to participate in the cannabis industry like the millionaires and billionaires who are doing so now. “

At a previous meeting, NBA star Al Harrington and Weldon Angelos spoke about business and social justice.  /. At a previous meeting, NBA star Al Harrington and Weldon Angelos spoke about business and social justice. /. Photo by Weldon Angelos, Instagram

The members of the CFA so far include Americans for Prosperity (AFP), founded by the Koch brothers, Mission Green / The Weldon Project, the Reason Foundation and the Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce.

But Angelos, who acts as the group’s coordinator, argued that both sides were needed to get the job done. Koch can be helpful in this regard if his support for the CFA has an impact on the Republicans whose support is needed to pass a legalization bill.

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“We need 10 to 12 Republican senators,” Angelos told Politico. “With Koch’s influence, I think that’s likely a possibility,” he added.

AFP is pleased to “work with our partners to bring cannabis companies to light and replace black and gray markets with a free and fair legal framework that improves public safety and emphasizes entrepreneurship and equal opportunities,” said Brent Gardner, Chief Government Affairs AFP officer says in the CFA statement.

“In that context, the cannabis trade will be more of a way for Americans to rise than a barrier to hold them back,” noted Gardner.

The CFA will strive to achieve four things: de-scheduling and reform of the federal criminal justice system, re-entry and successful second chances, promoting entrepreneurship in free and open markets, and competitive and reasonable tax rates.

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