Marijuana payments can formally take form within the Senate

We could soon learn the details of the marijuana legalization package the Senate leadership had promised in the coming months. After standing in political purgatory for more than a week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have finally reached a power-sharing agreement that will dictate the division of the evenly divided upper chamber.

The new session can finally get down to business under the authority of the Democrats, which means the weed legalization proposal is likely to be released soon. The senators “are ready to clarify the most important questions”. Said Schumer.

The Senate leadership let America know early on that marijuana reform would be a top priority for Democrats. Some of Schumer’s comments initially suggested that the plan was to push through modest reforms – perhaps in a criminal justice bill – but we now know that Congress will consider full legalization in early 2021. Schumer, along with two other senators, announced this on Week that they would soon be introducing laws designed to create a tax and regulated cannabis market.

“Earlier this year, we will publish a unified draft discussion on major reforms to ensure restorative justice, protect public health, and implement responsible taxes and regulations.” said the senators in a statement.

Schumer and McConnell have been negotiating an “organizational resolution” for weeks that will balance the power of the 50:50 Senate. McConnell wanted to Democrats I promised in writing not to get rid of the filibuster. He later backed off that demand after learning that the Democrats did not have enough votes to remove them independently. But he followed his retreat with a warning that any attempt to sabotage old Senate rules would spark war between the two parties and essentially disable the legislative wheels.

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Meanwhile, the Democrats have refused to be bullied. The new power-sharing agreement gives the Democrats control of the committees and allows other operations to begin that were interrupted by the negotiations.

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At first, it was hoped that Democrats and Republicans could find a way to work together across parties. Support from both parties will be vital if a law to legalize marijuana has a chance to pass this year. But Republicans are already complaining that the Democrats aren’t playing fair, and perhaps more of creating a wedge between the two parties that could come back to haunt them. Senate Democrats fair moved forwardwith President Biden’s COVID relief bill without Republican support. Every Democratic member voted in favor while the Republicans suspended it. This act alone seems to have upset McConnell. Now he’s looking for revenge.

“We’ve talked a lot about unity, but White House staff and Congressional Democrats work by the opposite game book.” he said in a recent Twitter post. “The Senate Republicans will be ready and waiting with a multitude of amendments to improve the rushed procedural step that is being backed up.”

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In the near future, the Democrats will propose historic law to legalize marijuana nationwide. And rest assured, Republicans will be excited to see a miserable death. Just wait and see. The Democratic Senate cannot rely on the same “budget vote” method that it used to pass the COVID Aid Act. Cannabis legislation needs support from everywhere. Unfortunately, at this very point, McConnell and his gang will be pulling out the filibuster card that the Democrats promised not to eliminate, and it will be – not a legal weed in 2021.

The democratically controlled Senate only has 23 months to make a name for itself. Let’s hope you have some interesting political tricks up your sleeve to move the cannabis agenda forward. If not, it could be a few more years before Congress is serious again.

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