Legislation to legalize marijuana to be proposed in US on Monday
It is rare in America that both parties can come together on an issue.
However, marijuana could prove to be a source of unity, as reports suggest the Republican Party is putting forward a bill aimed at legalizing and taxing the drug in the USA.
New legislation will reportedly be proposed Monday to legalize marijuana at the federal level, along with apply a 3.75% tax on sales.— Pomp 🌪 (@APompliano) November 13, 2021
We should immediately legalize marijuana and release every person in prison for non-violent marijuana crimes.
Enough is enough. It’s a plant.
The bill, which many in America believe is long overdue, is being led by Republican Nancy Mace.
Mace said on Twitter that she has been “working on this bill a long time”.
“Tried to be thoughtful about the diversity of #cannabis reforms across the US. There’s something for everyone on both sides of the aisle in this thing,” the US representative for South Carolina added.
.@APompliano been working on this bill a long time. Tried to be thoughtful about the diversity of #cannabis reforms across the US. There’s something for everyone on both sides of the aisle in this thing. Presser Mon 2pm EDT - info here - https://t.co/soU0flV7NV#StatesReformAct https://t.co/Dtq4pYOdot— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) November 13, 2021
Marijuana would be federally rescheduled from the list of controlled substances according to the draft legislation, which would also impose a 3.75% excise tax on sales. The draft would mean marijuana is considered alongside alcohol, therefore the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) would likely be responsible for regulating the market.
One way we can honor our vets is by decriminalizing marijuana and giving them access to this crucial pain relief. They gave everything for us - they deserve the best care available without fear of losing their job, VA benefits, or access to their Second Amendment freedoms. pic.twitter.com/kMAI1V93Qq— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) November 12, 2021
Additional features of the bill include a restriction on advertising, while only those aged 21 or above will be allowed to consume cannabis recreationally. Also, those convicted with non-violent criminal records for cannabis-related charges will be eligible to have them erased, an issue which has been pushed forward previously by democrats.
Comedians Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman, perhaps for selfish reasons, were the face of a campaign calling for Congress to legalise cannabis.
The campaign, known as ‘Cannabis in Common, calls on US citizens to lobby their representatives on the issue.
To their credit, it appears to have worked.
This is great and exactly what we need in the UK: prominent users behind a focussed campaign to at the very least decriminalise possession and use, and ideally bring in legal regulation.— Arnold (@Suburban90sDad) November 12, 2021
Tell Congress We Have Cannabis In Common — featuring Seth Rogen https://t.co/rH6sISEgx6