Cannabis Legalization: Is it Happening?

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Federal legalization of cannabis is gaining momentum now.

On Wednesday, Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer released a discussion draft of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act. The act aims to end the federal prohibition on marijuana.

"It's our legislative proposal to end the federal prohibition on marijuana and repair damage done by the War on Drugs—especially in communities of color," said Schumer.

Senator Cory Booker also said that the legislative draft will legalize marijuana, expunge marijuana arrest records, and reinvest in communities most harmed by the drug war.

"It's past time we take steps to fix decades of failed drug policy," Booker said.

The federal legalization of cannabis has been in discussion for a long time. However, recreational marijuana is legal in 19 states, and--as of July 1, 2021--Connecticut is the latest state to join the list.

"For decades, the war on cannabis caused injustices and created disparities while doing little to protect public health and safety,” said Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, after signing the bill in June this year. “The law that I signed today begins to right some of those wrongs by creating a comprehensive framework for a regulated market that prioritizes public health, public safety, criminal justice and equity."

"It will help eliminate the dangerous, unregulated market and support a new and equitable sector of our economy that will create jobs," he added.

Medical use of cannabis is legal in 37 states so far.

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