Seismic Shifts in the Political Landscape

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May 12, 2018

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As predicted, 2018 has seen the tide turn toward cannabis legalization and marijuana law reform. Here are some highlights:

President Trump promised Colorado Senator Cory Gardner that he will support the protection of states that have legalized marijuana. This affirmed the president’s campaign pledge that marijuana legalization is a state rights issue. (CNN)

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner, an avowed opponent of marijuana legalization, announced that he will join the boardroom of a cannabis company because his “thinking on cannabis has evolved.” (Bloomberg)

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch called for the Department of Justice to stop blocking medical marijuana research. "We'll get in the weeds to hash out some of the most potent arguments as to why it might be the budding answer doctors have long strained to find for countless chronic conditions," Hatch tweeted. (Twitter)

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions conceded there might be medicinal value gained from marijuana use after all. (Marijuana Moment)

New York’s Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer announced his plan to "decriminalize marijuana from one end of the country to the other." (VICE)

Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein, known as “California’s Last Prohibitionist,” disclosed that she is dropping her opposition to the legal use of marijuana. (The Washington Post)

Bipartisan cannabis legislation was approved by a U.S. House committee and advanced to the House floor, which has never happened before. (Marijuana Moment)

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