Earlier than the President speaks tonight, ship a message on marijuana coverage

Last week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated the president’s position that federal law should move cannabis to Schedule II instead of being excluded from controlled substances law.

What does that mean? As our Executive Director Erik Altieri said last week, rescheduling marijuana under controlled substances law would continue to make the federal government the main dictator of cannabis policy and do little or nothing to address its criminal status under federal law. Under such a policy, the majority of states that have legalized cannabis for medical or adult use would continue to be in violation of federal law.

Tonight, President Biden will deliver his first important address to Congress and the American people to discuss his vision and priorities for the remainder of his first term as President. Before he speaks, we want you to take targeted action so our elected officials present know where the people stand: Tell your federal legislature that their Department of Justice shouldn’t use your tax dollars to end legalization programs at the state level.

Congress first took a similar move in 2014 to resolve the conflict between medical cannabis programs and federal criminalization by approving a change in the means used to prevent the Justice Department from using its resources (our tax dollars) to harm government-approved ones Programs to use. This driver has been included in every subsequent annual expense package since it was first registered.

This year, we would like Congress to extend that protection to places that have also legalized adult marijuana use. This new proposal is not radical. It would simply remove the word “medical” from existing language to extend that protection to adult-use states (over 40 percent of the US population).

Thanks to a non-partisan group of members of the House of Representatives, led by representatives Earl Blumenauer (D), Tom McClintock (R), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and Barbara Lee (D), this amendment was passed more than once in the House of Representatives. but twice in the last year! Unfortunately, under the previous Senate leadership of then-Chairman Mitch McConnell (R) and Chairman of the Funds Richard Shelby (R), bipartisan efforts have been halted. This is a new year with new Senate leadership who are much more supportive of cannabis policy reform. Nevertheless, we cannot leave this topic by the wayside.

Send a message now: Tell your members of the House and Senate to protect state legalization from the Department of Justice.

We will end the federal ban and criminalization of marijuana. That is not an issue – no matter what President Biden or his administration say. However, the next step along the way is to remove the Justice Department’s ability to enforce this. There is a bipartisan majority in the House that has already voted in favor. Let’s go further by raising our voices together.

Thanks for getting up,

Justin Strekal
NORML Political Director

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