Democrats’ Focus On Social Justice Marijuana Bills Has Blocked Achievable Progress On Reform (Op-Ed)

Democrats’ Focus On Social Justice Marijuana Bills Has Blocked Achievable Progress On Reform (Op-Ed)
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“The GOP wouldn’t have to steal cannabis policy reform from Democrats, they only need to pick up their fumble.” By Don Murphy, Marijuana Leadership Campaign Democrats have controlled both chambers of Congress for nearly two years (the House for four) and so far, cannabis policy reform advocates have nothing to show for it. The green wave they sold us has yet to be delivered. Unless you consider ‘historic’ messaging bills and tweets as wins…weed got nothin’. Democrats even failed to remove the barriers to Washington, D.C. legalizing recreational marijuana sales while the two surrounding jurisdictions of Maryland and Virginia prepare to do so. Progressive advocacy got us nothing and progressive advocacy will get us nothing in a GOP controlled House. Failure of the left to convince the right of the benefits of ending cannabis prohibition were on full display on election night when legalization efforts were defeated in the red states of Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota. It’s time for a new approach. It’s time to acknowledge that incrementalism is not selling out, it is not crumbs and it is not failure. Failure is continuing to lock up our citizens while we quibble over who gets the spoils of a post-prohibition world. The next Congress will be divided, but not necessarily gridlocked. The last time we passed any cannabis legislation of significance was the adoption of budget language protecting state medical programs from federal interference in 2014. The House was red, and the Senate was blue. Facing a similar scenario, it’s time to embrace incrementalism and compromise. It’s time for a new strategy. Advocates should stop crowing about polls. Polls do not help where we need help. Polls don’t matter to Republicans, in fact they hurt. Most GOP candidates only need to win their primary where a higher percentage…

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