Cannabis News: Advocates Call for New Way to Pass Federal Cannabis in the U.S. Senate #shorts
Cannabis News: Advocates Call for New Way to Pass Federal Cannabis in the U.S. Senate
Although Democrats hold the majority in the Senate, there might not be enough votes among them to pass substantive cannabis reform legislation. Now, advocates are proposing a new plan to get cannabis legalization through the Senate.
Acknowledging the difficulties of obtaining 60 votes to resolve a filibuster for individual bills in the chamber, advocates are pressing lawmakers to implement the legislative reform with a budget reconciliation, which requires only a 51-vote simple majority.
At a recent press conference, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is leading the cannabis policy reform drive in the Senate, did not disregard the option.
When asked whether legislators will seek to include the cannabis plan in reconciliation, they said that “you will hear in a few weeks the legislation that’ll answer” the question.
Chris Lindsey, director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project, told Marijuana Moment, “Leader Schumer is taking seriously his commitment to see legalization happen at the federal level, and address the ongoing harm from prohibition. We have no doubt he is looking at all vehicles that can accomplish reform.”