Top Democratic Senators say draft of cannabis reform measures will be released in "the early part of this year"

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A joint statement issued earlier this week by top Democratic Senators Cory Booker, Ron Wyden, and Chuck Schumer says they will be working to implement “comprehensive cannabis reform legislation” and will be releasing a draft in “the early part of this year.” “The War on Drugs has been a war on people—particularly people of color,” they said . “Ending the federal marijuana prohibition is necessary to right the wrongs of this failed war and end decades of harm inflicted on communities of color across the country. But that alone is not enough. As states continue to legalize marijuana, we must also enact measures that will lift up people who were unfairly targeted in the War on Drugs.” Racial inequality in cannabis enforcement is one of many issues spurring protests These U.S. lawmakers celebrated hemp legalization by eating CBD-infused donuts What will a Biden-Harris administration mean for cannabis reform? “We are committed to working together to put forward and advance comprehensive cannabis reform legislation that will not only turn the page on this sad chapter in American history, but also undo the devastating consequences of these discriminatory policies. The Senate will make consideration of these reforms a priority,” the statement continues. The three senators are not strangers to cannabis reform efforts. Booker was the sponsor of the 2019 Marijuana Justice Act , which called for ending the federal prohibition of cannabis, record expungement, and reinvestment in communities most impacted 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 Hemp Farming Act of 2018 , which called for removing hemp with less than 0.3 per cent THC from the list of Schedule I controlled substances. Current…

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