420 with CNW – Senate Bill Seeks to Legalize and Tax Cannabis Like Tobacco

August 7, 2020 03:25:07

So far, 2020 has been pretty rough on drug reform initiatives. Marijuana legalization activists in states like Idaho and Florida have had to postpone their legalization activities after the coronavirus pandemic made signature collection almost impossible and kept lawmakers occupied with more urgent issues. However, the push for federal marijuana reform received a massive boost after a Democratic Senator filed a new bill to federally legalize marijuana in late July.

Titled the ‘Substance Regulation and Safety Act,’ the legislation was sponsored by Senator Tina Smith. If passed, it would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and direct federal agencies to develop a framework for regulating marijuana in the country. The legislation would de-schedule cannabis, and it would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop rules that treat…


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