At this moment, 11 American states and Washington, D.C. now have adult-use cannabis legislation law on its books. When it comes to medical, 33 states have passed regulations. Additionally, 24 states and the country’s capital decriminalized marijuana in some form or another.
With over half of the United States passing cannabis legislation, some wonder if federal action could be on the horizon.
It can be easy to write off the possibility of any change in 2020. A long-held belief posits that little to nothing of significance happens during election years. With politicians off on the campaign trail garnering support, legislation tends to take a back seat. More so, politicians may hold off on casting any votes for fear of upsetting citizens so close to a vote.
A drop in Congressional attendance during election years does appear to be true. Though, there is a case to be made that finds legislation getting done even while away from Capitol Hill. In addition to history serving as a possible indicator, a flurry of activity in early 2020 may lead to further action concerning cannabis, both marijuana and hemp.
The MORE and SAFE Acts
With the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, proponents