This Exists Now: The U.S. Congressional Cannabis Caucus

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For the first time in history, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers in Congress have come together to announce the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.  The group is made up of Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California), Earl Blumensauer (D-Ore.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), and Don Young (R-Alaska).

They say they have formed the caucus in order to petition the federal government to catch up to what state and local regions are doing to decriminalize and market marijuana.  All four representatives are from states that have already gone so far as to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

They have not rolled out any kind of policy platform yet, but they do say they will fight against Trump should he try to take steps towards a more aggressive drug war when it comes to marijuana.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been hell-bent against even medical marijuana in the past, and cannabis proponents worry about what his approach to states that have legalized the plant will be.

Republican Rohrabacher made a statement in a press release when the caucus was announced:

“The federal government’s decades-long approach to marijuana is a colossal cruel joke, and most Americans know it.  Not only have incalculable amounts of taxpayers’ dollars been wasted, but countless lives have been unnecessarily disrupted and even ruined by misguided law enforcement.”

Don Young, also a Republican, said of a possible battle with the Trump administration over the issue:

“I’m very happy with the idea that if we have to we’ll bump heads with the attorney general…the Trump administration should and will get the word that things have changed in the countryside, and they better not just be stuck in the ’50s and ’60s.”

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