Three GOP Lawmakers Lay Out Next Steps For Marijuana Reform In Lame Duck Session And Next Congress

Three GOP Lawmakers Lay Out Next Steps For Marijuana Reform In Lame Duck Session And Next Congress
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Three Republican members of Congress who support marijuana legalization are laying out their vision for reform during the current lame duck, as well as the next session when the GOP takes back control of the House, expressing optimism about the momentum toward ending federal prohibition. Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH), Brian Mast (R-FL) and Nancy Mace (R-SC) shared their perspectives on the issue in an interview series with RealClearPolitics, sponsored by the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR) and released on Thursday. Each lawmaker said that they hoped to see the Senate move forward with some kind of marijuana reform in the remaining weeks of the 117th Congress, saying that while the expectation is that the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is finalizing will be incremental, those small steps could be refined and expanded upon, even with a divided Congress next session.  Joyce, a co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, said that it was a “good” thing for marijuana reform that Democrats held onto the Senate because it “gave them more runway toward the end of the year.” He said bipartisan senators like Schumer and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) have put in “hard work” on the forthcoming package, which is expected to center of cannabis banking and expungements, and he hopes “that they continue to stay consistent.” “Hopefully some of these things will get accomplished at the end of this term,” he said, adding that it would set up lawmakers in the next session to smooth out any “rough edges” in the legislation and advance follow-up bills to address any “unforeseen” issues with the reforms. RSVP for this virtual event hosted by CPEAR and @RealClearNews! This conversation with Republican policymakers is an important step in getting a federal framework for #cannabis across the finish line! Register here:…

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