What will a Biden-Harris administration mean for cannabis reform?

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With President-elect Joe Biden planning to sign as many as 15 executive orders during his first day in office, cannabis reform will have to wait, but the question is for how long? Both Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have voiced support for the legal cannabis industry and with the Democrats now in control of both chambers of Congress, the reform movement should grow stronger in the coming weeks and months.  RELATED ARTICLES What’s up with investing in weed following a Biden-Harris win? Could a Biden-Harris administration open the door for CBD and medical marijuana endorsements in sports? What’s next for cannabis legalization in the U.S.? Biden has tapped Jaime Harrison to serve as Democratic Chairman, AP reports, with his election slated to be confirmed on Thursday.  Harrison told CNBC last July that he believes cannabis should be legalized, regulate and taxed, “ like we do alcohol and tobacco.” “In essence, this is about common sense. However, it’s also about criminal justice. We know that marijuana arrests, including those for simple possession, account for a large number of drug arrests. The racial disparities in marijuana enforcement — Black men and white men smoke marijuana the same rates, but black men are much more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession — is just unacceptable,” he said.  The Biden administration also announced that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela Jr. of Texas would serve as vice-chairs. All four have shown support for cannabis reform.  Last October, Whitmer signed a package of bills to wipe cannabis-related offences from criminal records. Michigan legalized cannabis in 2018 and sales began in 2019. “During my 2018 campaign for governor, I made expungement of marijuana charges one of my key priorities, and I’m so…

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