Is Federal Cannabis Legalization Finally Imminent?

The promise of major cannabis reform made when Democrats captured Congress and the White House may be coming to fruition. 

Last week, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released a statement announcing their intention to pursue “comprehensive cannabis reform legislation,” a draft of which will be released “in the early part of this year.” Following the statement, the group met with representatives from the cannabis industry to discuss equitable reform.

Yet obstacles to federal legalization remain, including a thin legislative majority and a president with a lukewarm record on marijuana. With input from industry experts, let’s take a look at some of the reasons that legalization may happen, and some of the roadblocks that could stop it.

Why Legalization Could Happen

Besides the new Democratic majority in the Senate, a number of factors could contribute to a loosening of federal laws on marijuana.

It’s Supported by a Supermajority of Americans

When it comes to cannabis, the will of the people is clearer than ever. Polling data by Gallup indicates more than two-thirds of Americans now support the legalization of cannabis. What’s more, 36 U.S. states or territories have approved medical cannabis programs, while 11 have

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