High Democratic Senators say draft hashish reform measures will probably be launched “earlier this yr.”
A joint statement released earlier this week by leading Democratic Senators Cory Booker, Ron Wyden and Chuck Schumer said they are working on implementing “comprehensive cannabis reform legislation” and will publish a draft “early this year.”
“The war on drugs was a war against people – especially people of skin color,” they said. Ending the federal marijuana ban is necessary to correct the wrongs of this failed war and end decades of damage inflicted on color communities across the country. But that alone is not enough. As states continue to legalize marijuana, we must also take action to raise people wrongly targeted in the war on drugs. “
“We are determined to work together to propose and advance comprehensive cannabis reform laws that will not only turn this sad chapter of American history on its head, but also undo the devastating consequences of these discriminatory policies. The Senate will make consideration of these reforms a priority, ”it said.
The three senators are no strangers to cannabis reform efforts.
Booker was the sponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, which called for an end to the federal cannabis ban, record erasure, and reinvestment in communities hardest hit by the war on drugs. The bill was co-sponsored by seven senators, including Bernie Sanders and Vice President Kamala Harris.
In 2018, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden worked with then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to establish the 2018 Hemp Growing Act, which would remove hemp with less than 0.3 percent THC from the list of Schedule I controlled substances called for.
Current Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer has been calling for the decriminalization of cannabis for several years and passed the Law on the Freedom and Opportunities of Marijuana in June 2018.
The bill called for cannabis to be removed from the Controlled Substances Act and for a trust fund to be set up to support female and minority cannabis companies.