Opinion: Why Democratic Senator Joe Manchin could be a problem for U.S. cannabis reform

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Democrats will need all the inner-party support they can get this year if they expect to pass the comprehensive cannabis reform bill that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised. But it has become painfully evident that the mission to legalize the leaf nationwide could be foiled one way or another. There is, of course, the continued wrath of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his willingness to lean on the filibuster to prevent any Democratic legislation from getting through. McConnell recently said he had one goal: stopping the Biden Administration dead in its tracks. No surprise there. There is also Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has been called the “new Mitch McConnell” by his own party. Filibuster Not Going Anywhere — What Does That Mean For Marijuana In 2021? What the United States can learn from Canada’s cannabis clarity Mitch McConnell mocks Nancy Pelosi over cannabis claims as relief bill languishes in Senate “Joe Manchin has become the new Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell during Obama’s presidency said he would do everything in his power to stop (then-President Barack Obama),” said New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman in an interview with CNN ’s John Berman. “He’s also repeated that now during the Biden presidency by saying he would do everything in his power to stop President Biden, and now Joe Manchin is doing everything in his power to stop democracy and to stop our work for the people, the work that the people sent us here to do. Manchin is not pushing us closer to bipartisanship. He is doing the work of the Republican Party by being an obstructionist,” Bowman argued. Bowman was referring to Manchin’s decision to oppose a heavily supported Democratic legislation to protect voting rights. In a recent op-ed, Manchin confirmed he would not vote…

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