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Thu Nov 18, 2021, 12:14 PM

Democratic divide puts congressional action on marijuana in doubt

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Democratic divide puts congressional action on marijuana in doubt

By Mike DeBonis
Today at 6:00 a.m. EST

A split on Capitol Hill over marijuana policy has lawmakers confronting the possibility that they could again fail to pass any meaningful changes to the federal prohibition of cannabis this Congress, even as polls show vast majorities of Americans support at least partial legalization of the drug.

The clash, on one level, follows familiar contours for Washington policymaking: A narrower measure with significant bipartisan support — one that would make it easier for banks to do business with legitimate cannabis firms in states where marijuana is legal — is in limbo while a smaller group of lawmakers pushes for a much broader bill.

But it has also become infused with questions of racial equity and political competence that have pitted key Democrats against each other as they seek a way to roll back federal marijuana laws that have gone largely unchanged since the height of the War on Drugs in the 1980s and 1990s.

The conflict has come to a head in recent weeks after a push by Democratic and Republican lawmakers to attach the narrower banking legislation to the must-pass annual defense policy bill, which would ensure its passage in the coming months. The bill’s advocates say it would offer a substantial step toward legitimizing and rationalizing the cannabis industry in the 47 states that have moved to at least partially legalize marijuana — allowing businesses to move away from risky cash-only operations.

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By Mike DeBonis
Mike DeBonis covers Congress, with a focus on the House, for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015. Twitter https://twitter.com/mikedebonis

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Nov 18, 2021, 12:25 PM

1. Nothing for people, something for corporations.

The divide is: ‘bipartisan agreement to legalize pot transactions for corporations’ vs ‘legalize pot for people’.

Just. Fuck. The. Framing.

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Thu Nov 18, 2021, 12:43 PM

4. +11

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Nov 18, 2021, 12:48 PM

5. U done broke

DU 😐


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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Nov 18, 2021, 12:53 PM

6. we are going to screw ourselves up again - turn our voters off - and allow criminals and traitors

from the other party run the government.

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