Bipartisan Congressional Lawmakers Tout 2022 Marijuana Reform Accomplishments, Predict ‘Further Progress’ Next Session

Bipartisan Congressional Lawmakers Tout 2022 Marijuana Reform Accomplishments, Predict ‘Further Progress’ Next Session
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Congress might not have enacted the major marijuana reforms this year that advocates had hoped they would, but in a new report bipartisan lawmakers are touting several modest wins they were able to achieve—saying they are “optimistic” the issue will continue to advance even further in 2023. In an end-of-year memorandum, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus listed their accomplishments, which includes President Joe Biden signing the first-ever piece of standalone marijuana reform legislation to promote research into the plant. Co-chairs Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dave Joyce (R-OH), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Brian Mast (R-FL) also recognized the passing of founding caucus member Rep. Don Young (R-AK) earlier this year. They said he was fiercely dedicated to “ensuring Alaskans and all Americans had the opportunity for a better life not just for today, but also for tomorrow and the future.” In terms of legislative accomplishments this year, the caucus had far more to note on the House side: a marijuana legalization bill passed the chamber, as did cannabis banking reform legislation. Unfortunately for advocates, the bipartisan momentum in the House generally did not translate into passage in the Senate, except for the cannabis research bill that Biden signed. And there was subtle recognition in the memo that the task may continue to prove challenging in the next Congress, which will see Republicans take control of the House. “The Congressional Cannabis Caucus has brought together a broad coalition of members from diverse communities around the country who all agree: it is time for Congress to finally reform federal cannabis policy,” they wrote. “There will be some big changes in the next Congress, but one thing that will not change is that a majority in both the House and the Senate favor reform. We are optimistic for our ability as a caucus to help…

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