After months of speculation, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer revealed his long-awaited marijuana legalization bill this morning. At first glance it appears to be a lightly edited version of the MORE Act, which passed the House last year but failed to find traction in the Senate.
The bill would remove cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances, expunge federal cannabis records, impose a federal tax on marijuana, and reinvest that tax revenue in communities and individuals most adversely affected by the War on Drugs.
The new bill, known as the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, was officially introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and co-sponsored by Schumer and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).
“The communities that have been most harmed by cannabis prohibition are benefitting the least from the legal marijuana marketplace,” the bill states. “A legacy of racial and ethnic injustices, compounded by disproportionate collateral consequences of 80 years of cannabis prohibition enforcement, now limits participation in the industry.”
There are so many aspects of American political ideology that seemingly have no compromise. People are so firmly entrenched in their partisan politics that mainstream policies that could help everyone will be overlooked in order to continually have a perfect partisan score on their record. No one wants to be a centralist. No one wants to pass common-sense legislation. No one should be against the legalization of weed.
This issue touches not only the ole funny bone so that you can have a good time without the danger of getting arrested in 2/3rds of the states in the union, but it also would tremendously help those who rely on all sorts of medication just to get through the day. In my niche world of all things veterans, it's a travesty federal laws associates weed in the same breath as black tar heroin and krokodil, VA doctors and providers cant even advise their patients on the benefits associated with weed when it comes to sleep, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Instead, the VA has to rely on an ever-changing slate and regimen of mood regulators, SSRIs, and the rest of the traditional pill cocktails shoved down the throats of veterans spanning seven straight wars.
The legalization of marijuana is long overdue. Hopefully, this bill will see the desk of the President and he'll sign it. If not, well... I dunno. In the meantime, we still have the gloriousness of 3chi which is a product that has legit changed my life. We talk about it on ZBT and social media, but the life-changing aspects of weed and thc should be able to come from doctors and not just some dickhead podcast hosts. ZBT2021 for 5 percent off btw.