Should you observe the marijuana legalization motion in any respect, likelihood is you’ve seen numerous reviews within the media suggesting the difficulty is gaining floor on Capitol Hill.
Properly, it’s, and it isn’t.
A variety of shit-talking obtained began final yr when the Democrats fared effectively within the mid-term election and gained again management of the U.S. Home of Representatives.
In any case, considered one of their key Congressional champions, Consultant Earl Blumenauer, the bow-tie sporting, pro-pot legislator from Oregon, had a “Blueprint to Legalize Marijuana within the 116th Congress” in his again pocket.
It was a plan exhibiting how the U.S. Home was going to take smaller cannabis-related actions for the primary few months of the brand new session, together with getting veterans to entry to medical marijuana and making prosecution-proof banking accessible to the cannabis trade.
Lastly, the blueprint urged that after Congress obtained used to the thought of passing pot-friendly reforms, the Home would then transfer into the heavy shit – a full repeal of pot prohibition – round September.
However as soon as Congress obtained all the way down to enterprise in January, all any of us may do was wait and see.
I printed a column in Forbes on the time suggesting that, whereas it was certainly attainable that the Democrats would throw the cannabis challenge over their shoulders and run with it like they stole the goddamned factor, the chilly onerous reality was: In the event that they didn’t get one thing substantial going throughout the first few months the cannabis challenge was useless within the water in 2019.
We’re now headed into August and guess what? These donkey-eared bastards haven’t carried out jack shit to get America excessive once more.
No sir, regardless of all of the jibber-jabber in current months about growing bi-partisan assist for a marijuana banking invoice and a “historic,” Home subcommittee assembly regarding federal legalization, the difficulty of legalizing weed on the nationwide stage is just not in significantly better form than it was a yr in the past. Probably not.
The issue is, though there may be undoubtedly extra assist in Congress to get rid of federal marijuana prohibition, all the swinging dicks with any energy to make it occur are nonetheless totally opposed.
Boy, had been they flawed.
These people have did not see that the wheels of the federal authorities are nonetheless old skool Republicans who, for no matter purpose, can’t stand the considered a nation the place weed is authorized.
The largest of the bunch is Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell.
If there may be one factor this bastard has made unmistakably clear, it’s that he has no intention of legalizing marijuana or serving to the Democrats additional their agenda.
Even when Democrats did handle to get some form of marijuana measure handed this yr within the Home — no matter how massive or small — it might die a depressing dying as quickly because it hit the Senate.
Make no mistake about it, McConnell, Cocaine Mitch, the Turtle, or no matter you need to name him, is dying incarnate for all progressive laws.
“If I’m nonetheless the bulk chief within the Senate, consider me because the grim reaper. None of that stuff goes to cross,” McConnell mentioned in April regarding proposals on gun management and immigration. “I assure you that if I’m the final man standing and I’m nonetheless the bulk chief, it ain’t taking place. I can promise you.”
Final yr, when McConnell was requested if he would champion a marijuana legalization invoice in the identical approach he did for hemp, he replied, “I do not need any plans to endorse the legalization of marijuana.”
So in the event you wager any of your buddies that marijuana was going absolutely authorized in america in 2019 or 2020, put together to pay up.
You fucking misplaced! I guarantee you.
The Grim Reaper and his cronies (Republican Senators Mike Crapo and Lindsey Graham) aren’t having any of it. Not the banking invoice, not entry for veterans, and no approach in hell are they supporting the demise of federal prohibition.
The perfect-case state of affairs for nationwide marijuana legalization at this level – until McConnell spontaneously combusts on the steps of the Capitol Constructing – is 2021.
However some issues must occur subsequent yr for this to play out favorably.
Particularly, Democrats should acquire management of the Senate, and it wouldn’t damage both if considered one of them (apart from Joe Biden) obtained the keys to the White Home.
That is undoubtedly attainable subsequent November when American voters are set to air their grievances on the polls. Along with the presidency, there are round 20 U.S. Senate seats up for grabs, and considered one of them belongs to that McConnell fuck.
If Democrats can take over the Senate in 2021, they may substitute McConnell as Senate Majority Chief, and quick.
It’s a transfer that will permit the higher and decrease chambers of Congress to work collectively harmoniously on a number of points, together with the federal legalization of marijuana.
Let’s simply hope when that occurs, there’s a president within the Oval Workplace prepared and prepared to assist these strikes in ink.
Mike Adams is a contract author for Excessive Instances, Hashish Now, and Forbes. You possibly can observe him on Fb, Twitter, and Instagram.