2022 Was Marijuana Reform’s Best Year And Everyone Is Unhappy About It: How To Move Forward (Op-Ed)

2022 Was Marijuana Reform’s Best Year And Everyone Is Unhappy About It: How To Move Forward (Op-Ed)
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“We must keep the long game in mind when we think about ending the 85-year policy of marijuana prohibition and criminalization.” By Justin Strekal, BOWL PAC 2022 was the best of times for marijuana policy reform in America—but if you read the headlines or (god forbid) log onto Twitter, you could be forgiven for thinking that it was the worst. This Orwellian doublethink is understandable if you look at it through the lens of a minute-by-minute analysis, or by only looking at the stock prices of the young, dominant players in the emerging cannabis industry. But we must keep the long game in mind when we think about ending the 85-year policy of marijuana prohibition and criminalization. I got my start in cannabis reform efforts working on a decriminalization bill as a lowly state Senate aide in Virginia in 2015. That experience informs my advocacy over the last seven years, five of which I had the honor to play the role of the “pot smokers’ lobbyist” at NORML—and now for over a year running a new non-profit Better Organizing to Win Legalization, with its political arm BOWL PAC. Below is my perspective on how we got to this point and how we can effectively navigate the path forward. Let’s start with a short congressional timeline to freshen folks’ perspectives: 1937: The Marijuana Tax Stamp Act is passed, effectively prohibiting the substance. 1970: President Richard Nixon signs the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which categorizes marijuana as a Schedule I prohibited, criminalized substance. 1982: President Ronald Reagan launches “The War on Drugs,” and throughout the decade Congress demonizes cannabis and increases penalties. 1994: Then-Sen. Joe Biden’s (D-DE) “Crime Bill” further increases penalties for weed. 2014: Congress passes Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) amendment to protect medical programs and Republican Rep. Andy Harris’s…

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