Why Do Republican Lawmakers Want President Biden to Reclassify Cannabis Instead of Removing It from the CSA?

Marijuana has always been a source of political tension in America. This is because lawmakers are constantly trying to ensure it is legalized or fighting against the legalization process. Regardless of the stance lawmakers take, one thing is sure: marijuana is an essential substance that sparks political debate.  President Biden’s…

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Republican Lawmakers Want Biden to Reclassify Cannabis

Republican lawmakers are asking President Joe Biden to keep his promise and reschedule cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act.  Yes, you read the lede right. Republicans are asking Biden, a Democrat, to reschedule weed once and for all.  Representatives Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Don Young (R-AK) both serve as co-chairs of…

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Virginia Republican Speaks Out Against Cannabis Social Equity Qualifications

Social equity laws have become a standard in the cannabis industry. However, the expectation is not yet viewed as a universal necessity, as seen between the differing opinions of politicians in Virginia. As of July 1, Virginia’s recreational cannabis law officially launched, although it won’t be fully implemented until 2024.…

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Federally legal hemp, a fruitful endeavor in Colorado, gets jolt from Republican Mitch McConnell

Colorado’s burgeoning hemp industry got a jolt Monday when Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s Majority Leader, gave his full-throated support of shoring up federal laws around hemp. McConnell announced plans to introduce The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove hemp from regulation as a controlled substance and treat it…

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Colorado Republican congressman wants to reschedule marijuana to allow medical research

Published: Mar 9, 2018, 3:09 pm • Updated: Mar 9, 2018, 6:46 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff After U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo in early January, 69 members of Congress, including six of Colorado’s seven members, signed a bipartisan letter sent to House leadership requesting protections…

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Marijuana legalization is around corner, says former Republican party chairman

Published: Oct 27, 2017, 3:03 pm • Updated: Oct 27, 2017, 3:03 pm By James McClure, Civilized There’s no better time than the present to discuss marijuana legalization according to Michael Steele, who helped shape national policy during his tenure as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Steele recently told…

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Confessions of a pro-cannabis Republican: Haunted by the ghost of Nancy Reagan

Published: Sep 26, 2017, 2:33 pm • Updated: Sep 26, 2017, 2:43 pm By Hunter J. White, Special To Civilized In my work trying to bring the issue of marijuana reform to the forefront of Republican policy-making, I have often heard “old guard” Republicans parrot Nancy Reagan’s infamous “Just Say…

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Wisconsin Republican joins Democratic bid to reduce weed penalties

Published: May 30, 2017, 2:28 pm • Updated: May 30, 2017, 2:28 pm By Cara Lombardo, The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — A Republican state lawmaker joined three Democrats in a longshot effort to loosen the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Wisconsin. Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam…

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