Democrats now control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Presidency. Does this mean that U.S. citizens can expect cannabis to be made legal?
Yesterday, the highly-anticipated Georgia run-off Elections unfolded, handing Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock both positions upon the senate, making it a 50/50 split between Republicans and Democrats.
However, following the election win of Joe Biden, the Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be given the tie-breaking vote in the Senate, effectively handing control over to the Democrat Party.
This is important, as Democrats hold a majority in the House of Representatives for the next two years, meaning that the left-wing party will control both chambers of congress. This will allow Democrats to more easily pass legislation without being stalemated by a Republican Majority.
So what does all of this mean for cannbis legalization?
Could Cannabis Be Decriminalized in 2021?
In November last year, support for cannabis legalization reached an all-time-high at 68% according to a Gallup Poll, suggesting that Americans are seeing the economic and health benefits that cannabis legalization can provide, or alternatively, they are seeing the harms that the War on Drugs has brought upon U.S. citizens.
As many will know, Democrats are generally more supportive of cannabis than Republicans, with over eight in 10 Democrats and liberals supporting legalization compared with just under half of Republicans and conservatives.
With a Democrat-led House of Congress, marijuana legalization across the U.S. has far fewer obstacles to overcome for the next two years, which will likely result in some substantive changes to cannabis legislation.
As we've discussed recently, 2020 saw more cannabis research undertaken than during any prior year, and toward the end of last year we also saw two separate cannabis research bills introduced into both the House of Representatives and the Senate, highlighting some of the progress that already occurred prior to Democrat control of the Senate.
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