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Sixty-Nine Sensible Signers

In response to the recision of the Cole Memos and the Wilkinson Memo, some sixty-nine members of Congress have signed a letter addressed to the ranking members of both parties, the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Appropriations, asking that "any forthcoming appropriations or funding bill include the following language: 

 

None of the funds made available by this act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana on non-Federal lands within their respective jurisdictions."

 

Now one might say that Congress has 435 members, so 69 signers on a single letter is no big deal... until one remembers that a similar letter last year had only 16 signers. The momentum toward ending Prohibition is building, people.

 

American Cannabis Report readers will recognize the 45 above-listed states as those in which voters (or legislators, in Vermont) have approved at least partial (at least CBD-only) cannabis decriminalization and/or legalization, leading to the establishment of companies which

  • employ thousands of American workers; 

  • create and pay taxes and other direct, indirect and induced economic benefits; 

  • obey regulatory authority, and 

  • provide products which in many cases improve health and wellbeing for vulnerable patients.

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