If you comply with the marijuana legalization movement at all, probabilities are you have noticed numerous reports in the media suggesting the challenge is gaining ground on Capitol Hill.
Nicely, it is, and it is not.
A lot of shit-speaking got began final year when the Democrats fared properly in the mid-term election and gained back handle of the U.S. Property of Representatives.
It was at that point cannabis advocates had been seemingly convinced that the victory was somehow going to make it a lot easier for marijuana reform to make strides at the national level.
Immediately after all, one particular of their crucial Congressional champions, Representative Earl Blumenauer, the bow-tie wearing, pro-pot legislator from Oregon, had a “Blueprint to Legalize Marijuana in the 116th Congress” in his back pocket.
It was a strategy displaying how the U.S. Property was going to take smaller sized cannabis-connected actions for the 1st handful of months of the new session, such as receiving veterans to access to healthcare marijuana and generating prosecution-proof banking offered to the cannabis market.
Ultimately, the blueprint recommended that as soon as Congress got utilized to the notion of passing pot-friendly reforms, the Property would then move into the heavy shit – a complete repeal of pot prohibition – about September.
But as soon as Congress got down to company in January, all any of us could do was wait and see.
I published a column in Forbes at the time suggesting that, when it was certainly doable that the Democrats would throw the cannabis challenge more than their shoulders and run with it like they stole the goddamned point, the cold difficult truth was: If they didn’t get a thing substantial going inside the 1st handful of months the cannabis challenge was dead in the water in 2019.
We’re now headed into August and guess what? These donkey-eared bastards haven’t performed jack shit to get America higher once more.
No sir, regardless of all the jibber-jabber in current months about escalating bi-partisan help for a marijuana banking bill and a “historical,” Property subcommittee meeting regarding federal legalization, the challenge of legalizing weed at the national level is not in considerably much better shape than it was a year ago. Not truly.
The challenge is, despite the fact that there is undoubtedly far more help in Congress to remove federal marijuana prohibition, all of the swinging dicks with any energy to make it come about are nonetheless totally opposed.
That is the one particular aspect of the legislative circus that the cannabis advocacy neighborhood failed to take into consideration just before saying points like, “2019 will be a banner year for marijuana.”
Boy, had been they incorrect.
These people have failed to see that the wheels of the federal government are nonetheless old college Republicans who, for what ever explanation, can’t stand the believed of a nation exactly where weed is legal.
The most significant of the bunch is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
If there is one particular point this bastard has produced unmistakably clear, it is that he has no intention of legalizing marijuana or assisting the Democrats additional their agenda.
Even if Democrats did handle to get some sort of marijuana measure passed this year in the Property — regardless of how big or smaller — it would die a miserable death as quickly as it hit the Senate.
Make no error about it, McConnell, Cocaine Mitch, the Turtle, or what ever you want to contact him, is death incarnate for all progressive legislation.
“If I’m nonetheless the majority leader in the Senate, feel of me as the grim reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass,” McConnell mentioned in April regarding proposals on gun handle and immigration. “I assure you that if I’m the final man standing and I’m nonetheless the majority leader, it ain’t taking place. I can guarantee you.”
Final year, when McConnell was asked if he would champion a marijuana legalization bill in the similar way he did for hemp, he replied, “I do not have any plans to endorse the legalization of marijuana.”
So if you bet any of your buddies that marijuana was going completely legal in the United States in 2019 or 2020, prepare to spend up.
You fucking lost! I assure you.
The Grim Reaper and his cronies (Republican Senators Mike Crapo and Lindsey Graham) are not possessing any of it. Not the banking bill, not access for veterans, and no way in hell are they supporting the demise of federal prohibition.
The finest-case situation for nationwide marijuana legalization at this point – unless McConnell spontaneously combusts on the methods of the Capitol Constructing – is 2021.
But some points have to come about subsequent year for this to play out favorably.
Particularly, Democrats need to acquire handle of the Senate, and it wouldn’t hurt either if one particular of them (other than Joe Biden) got the keys to the White Property.
This is undoubtedly doable subsequent November when American voters are set to air their grievances at the polls. In addition to the presidency, there are about 20 U.S. Senate seats up for grabs, and one particular of them belongs to that McConnell fuck.
If Democrats can take more than the Senate in 2021, they will replace McConnell as Senate Majority Leader, and rapidly.
It is a move that would enable the upper and reduce chambers of Congress to function with each other harmoniously on many challenges, such as the federal legalization of marijuana.
Let’s just hope when that occurs, there is a president in the Oval Workplace prepared and prepared to help these moves in ink.
Mike Adams is a freelance writer for Higher Instances, Cannabis Now, and Forbes. You can comply with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.