By Cara Oorbeck – Green Wellness Life Operations Guru
The Polls Are Closed And Results Are In
Midterm elections are over and we have seen some real trends toward the legalization and/or reform of Marijuana laws. This election saw numerous amendments and propositions passed at state and local levels this week. The Democrats have won control back of the House and many supporters are anticipating the change to positively impact the legalization at the federal level. However, party leaders have not been so enthusiastic. Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader, has suggested that “success would largely depend on support from President Trump.” The House is anticipated to push the Farm Bill through, but the question of whether or not the Senate will allow serious debate on cannabis reform in the next two years is a lot harder to answer with certainty. This, however, will not likely change the trend toward legalization and reforms at the state level.
Elections Results That May Impact Cannabis
The fight for cannabis reform is not only being fought at the federal level but also at the state level with many representatives being an influencing factor in the future of Cannabis. Some of these include:
- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer won the US Senate race in New York. Schumer introduced the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, another bill aimed at legalizing marijuana at the federal level.
- In Texas, a leading voice for marijuana, candidate Beto O’Rourke, lost to incumbent Ted Cruz who has been personally opposed to legalizing Cannabis but believes it should be left to each state to decide.
- Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich., ranking member, U.S. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee). Chairwoman of the committee during the last farm bill. She has been strong on the environment, and energy programs. She is also supportive of commodity and conservation programs as well.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) re-elected who initially co-sponsored The STATES Act, a bipartisan effort The measure seeks to block the federal government from interfering in state-approved cannabis programs.
- In Texas, a leading voice for marijuana candidate Beto O’Rourke lost to incumbent Ted Cruz who has been personally opposed to legalizing Cannabis but believes it should be left to each state to decide.
- In Illinois, Democrat J.B. Pritzker won the governor’s race after making marijuana legalization a centerpiece of his campaign.
- In New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), who won the governor’s race, said legalizing marijuana will bring “hundreds of millions of dollars to New Mexico’s economy.”
- Wisconsin, Democrat Tony Evers supports decriminalizing marijuana and allowing medical cannabis and says he wants to put a full marijuana legalization question before voters to decide.