Congressional Democrats Launch Petition Calling for Nationwide Cannabis Legalization
A group of eight congressional Democrats have come together in support of a new petition calling for the end of federal cannabis prohibition.
“Nearly two-thirds of Americans support ending the prohibition of marijuana,” the petition stated. “It’s wasteful, it’s destructive, and it’s simply wrong.”
The petition is being supported by Sen. Ron Wyden (D‑OR) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D‑OR), Julia Brownley (D‑CA), Jared Huffman (D‑CA), Pramila Jayapal (D‑WA), Ro Khanna (D‑CA), Mark Pocan (D‑WI) and Jim McGovern (D‑MA), most of whom have previously supported cannabis reform in some way.
The petition comes as these lawmakers are beginning to prepare their campaigns for re-election to Congress. While the petition is not clear on what exactly these Democrats would do to push federal cannabis legalization forward, it does give voters a pretty clear indication of which congressional lawmakers consider cannabis a key political issue.
The Democratic support for cannabis reform in Congress isn’t particularity surprising, given that it is already a popular issue among their voter base.
In a tweet, Rep. Huffman said signing the petition will help push the House to continue to support cannabis legalization.
Wide-sweeping shifts in federal cannabis policy seem increasingly likely in the coming years. It is already a popular issue among voters from both sides of the political divide and the vast majority of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates support reform.
h/t Marijuana Moment