Federal cannabis legalization will happen. It is no longer a matter of “if”, but of “when”. Recently, the House of Representatives advanced the MORE Act (Marijuana Opportunity and Expungement Act), which puts cannabis one step closer to federal decriminalization (more on that here). While it’s unlikely that the MORE Act will advance past the Senate absent a “blue wave” in Georgia’s runoff elections, the House’s passing of the MORE Act signals a major change in perception and attitudes towards legalization of cannabis.
Even if the MORE Act doesn’t immediately pass, something else eventually will. Popular opinion clearly favors it and eventually, politicians will listen to their constituents. It was recently reported that 68% of Americans favor cannabis legalization. Nearly all U.S. states have legalized or decriminalized cannabis in one form or another, and all statewide cannabis ballot measures succeeded in the recent election.
Despite the clear fact that people in the U.S. want cannabis to be legal and want people to stop being thrown in jail for consuming cannabis, it may come as a surprise that there are still groups that actively are working to keep up the old status quo of prohibition (I won’t name specific groups here, but any reader is familiar with a few).