President Biden’s marijuana agenda appears set for bother

Joe Biden wants America to see him as the hip new president who is just better than Donald Trump. He’s not interested in building walls, causing rioting, or tweeting some jibber-jabbers from the White House throne. No sir, the old Cup of Joe has a more sensible agenda than the lame government that just moved out. He’s trying to tame the coronavirus debacle, fix a rundown economy, and fundamentally overhaul immigration.

When time is available, Biden also wants to be the commander in chief to kick a big dick in the marijuana reform field. Not only does he support the legalization of medical marijuana, but he is also keen to get rid of the criminal penalties associated with minor possession.

Unfortunately, President Biden can’t crawl out of bed this morning and sign an order ending the marijuana ban. He wouldn’t even if he could. Though Biden’s campaign showed a willingness to advocate humble cannabis reforms, it did not include full legalization. However, Biden has some executive power that he can use to promote the marijuana movement.

He can sign a signature ordering his health secretary to start the rescheduling process for the cannabis plant. And he could just do that. Biden has suggested that he would be willing to downgrade the list from Schedule I to Schedule II marijuana. However, when it comes to decriminalizing marijuana nationwide, the president would need the help of all of Congress to make it happen. And this is where it gets difficult.

There is enough already proofs This shows that this year it won’t be a bipartisan walk in the park on Capitol Hill. The Senate is currently in political purgatory as the Democrats and Republicans fail to agree on the ground rules for a 50:50 split. To this end, Republicans are jointly stamping Biden’s early legislative agenda. You’re not buying into his $ 1.9 trillion stimulus deal – one that would pocket $ 1,400 in every American’s pocket – and they are not at all pleased with the concept of raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour.

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Given this deadlock in the Senate, it will be difficult for Biden to deliver on election promises that keep the country from sinking further into a pandemic-driven downtrodden. It could also spell disaster for Biden’s plan to be the first president to bring concrete marijuana reforms to the books.

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Now that Democrats control both the House and Senate, cannabis advocates were hoping 2021 would be the year marijuana got a fair shake on the hill. It just won’t be that easy. The majority of Democrats are so thin that they don’t give the party the bulletproof political power it needs to make demands.

The Democrats lost three house seats to the new Biden administration, leaving them with the majority. The Senate, which is evenly divided, has a similar shape. Even if Vice President Kamala Harris is the key voice for the Democrats, they will still need a lot of Republican votes to pass Biden laws, and that includes anything related to marijuana reform. Although Mitch McConnell is no longer running the show in the upper chamber, the Democrats will desperately need him to garner the votes needed to change cannabis laws.

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What are the chances of getting McConnell to rally support for decriminalization?

Frankly, it doesn’t look good – not at this point. McConnell is the more experienced, arrogant Senator, not to mention the fact that even without majority leader status, he still has a lot of influence on the hill. Some of his last words on marijuana were not at all favorable. Given that it still hurts to lose the big boy’s seat Georgia’s runoff electionHe is unlikely to jump on board quickly to move the democratic agenda forward. This is especially true for controversial issues like cannabis reform. Still former Schumer helpers fight that he’s not being bullied by McConnell. They say he is spoiled for choice in “outsmarting the Republicans on essential issues”.

Whether or not he’ll be a vicious shark to meet Biden’s guidelines remains to be seen. One thing is certain, Uncle Sam’s head is in a truck. This year could easily become another non-starter for Pot.

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