Us House Legalization

Today`s vote underscored the growing divide between parties — and even among Democrats — over how cannabis policy should be approached. Despite growing support from GOP lawmakers for legalization and polls showing two-thirds of Americans support the position, only three Republicans voted for the marijuana reinvestment and write-off law. Mace says his cannabis reform bill — the State Reform Act — is doing better among his county`s new Republican voters than widespread legalization at the federal level. but she also faces a tough primary in May and was recently criticized by Super PAC ads for her support for cannabis legalization. To do this, I look at the difference in position on cannabis between candidates who won their primaries and those who lost. As Table 5 shows, among all candidates, winners were much more likely to tackle the cannabis problem (33.3%) than losers in congressional primaries (9.5%). These numbers include winning candidates who were more likely to oppose cannabis legalization (6.0%) than losing candidates (0.5%). However, winning candidates were also significantly more likely to support cannabis reform (22.2%) than losers (8.4%). Another way to look at this data is to divide states according to whether they run for Congress into the 19 states that are completely legal, the 19 states that only have medical treatments, or the 12 states that have neither. As Table 3 shows, the legal status of cannabis in a state does not have any effect on whether a candidate addresses the issue: between 80.2% and 82.9% of candidates in any type of state remain silent about it. Applicants in fully legal states (15.9%) are more likely to support cannabis legalization than in purely medical (12.2%) or non-legal (11.7%) states. The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill to legalize marijuana by a vote of 220 to 204, largely along party lines and still with no real path to President Joe Biden`s office. One argument is that federal officials — in the executive branch and Congress — simply don`t care enough about the problem to solve it.

To answer this question, I`ve included coding on cannabis reform in the Brookings Primaries 2022 project. The Brookings Primaries Project reviews the views publicly expressed by all candidates in the U.S. congressional primaries. We coded each candidate on a four-point scale: whether they supported the legalization or decriminalization of cannabis, whether they only supported medical legalization, whether their position was complex or indecipherable, and whether they did not mention the issue at all. Bentz said legalization has been a disaster for Oregon, explaining that drug cartels steal water and threaten residents. He also says the 8% tax rate would make legal weed 30% more expensive, giving illegal operators a nice margin to take advantage of it. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., worked with Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., to create similar legalization bills in their chambers. The chances of passing such a bill in the Senate seem slim, as Democrats would need all their members and 10 Republicans to overcome the 60-vote hurdle required for a final vote. Morgan Fox, political director of the National Organization for Marijuana Law Reform, said, “It`s time for federal lawmakers to set aside partisan political differences and recognize that state-level legalization policies are publicly popular, successful, and in the best interest of our nation.” In public polls, it is true that there are differences between the support of Democratic voters (83%) for cannabis reform and the support of Republican voters (50%).

However, the above poll data shows that there is still a clear gap between what voters want and what candidates are willing to say on the issue. For example, only 2% of Republican candidates in the primaries supported cannabis reform, although 50% of GOP voters supported the policy. And even though one-third of Democratic primaries support legalization, that`s nothing compared to Gallup`s more than 80 percent support among Democrats. Cannabis is legal for adults in 19 states and for medical purposes in 36 states. This law would end the federal ban, but leave legalization to the states. The legal industry generated $25 billion in revenue last year, up 43 percent from 2020, and is expected to reach $65 billion in 2030. The MORE bill would require 60 votes to pass the Senate, which is unlikely. Not all Democrats in the Senate support legalization, and if the three House Republicans who voted for MORE are a barometer, it won`t get much GOP support. In fact, six Democrats voted against the bill in 2020, but only two voted against the MORE Act on Friday.

One of the lawmakers who have already voted against the bill — Rep. Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania — is in a tough primary race with Lt. Gen. John Fetterman for the Democratic nomination for the open seat in the Pennsylvania Senate. Fetterman has been a strong advocate for cannabis legalization, both for his state and at the federal level. This time, Lamb voted for the bill. It`s clear that among all the candidates, all Democrats, and all Republicans, no one public stance on cannabis was the most popular strategy in the 2022 congressional primaries. However, among the candidates who opted for a clear position on cannabis, Republicans were more opposed to legalization than in favor, and the reverse is true for Democratic primary candidates who took a stand on cannabis.