Democrats say looser marijuana laws attract young voters, and some Republicans are catching on

Democrats are increasingly embracing looser restrictions on marijuana — and a growing number of high-profile Republicans are joining them, marking a shift in the politics of cannabis.

As Democrats try to regain control of Congress in the November elections and make gains in state races, some strategists are wagering that being firmly on the side of easing marijuana laws will help boost turnout among millennials, a key bloc in the party’s coalition. Many of those voters have sat out recent midterms. Continue reading “Democrats say looser marijuana laws attract young voters, and some Republicans are catching on”

This Veterans’ Affairs Leader Supports Medical Marijuana Research

After an address to the American Legion by U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, he announced that this veterans’ affairs leader supports medical marijuana research. Roe addressed the veterans group at its conference in Washington, D.C. on February 27.

Roe, a Republican, represents Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District. His speech to vets did not mention medical marijuana. Continue reading “This Veterans’ Affairs Leader Supports Medical Marijuana Research”

State of the Leaf: House Republican Wants to Deschedule Cannabis

A bipartisan bill has been introduced by freshman House Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.), that would remove marijuana completely from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively decriminalizing cannabis under federal law. Garrett, who replaced cannabis prohibitionist US Rep. Robert Hurt in Virginia’s fifth congressional district, campaigned on a promise to make cannabis reform a priority. Continue reading “State of the Leaf: House Republican Wants to Deschedule Cannabis”