69 members of Congress back McClintock-Polis Amendment
Attorney General Jeff Sessions started it by redacting the Cole Memo, and now 69 members of Congress are looking to -- well, not end it really, but maybe at least keep things as they are? There's an amendment being pushed through the House right now that would keep the government from spending federal funds to interfere with any state-approved cannabis program (set up by Tom McClintock and Jared Polis), and 69 members of Congress have signed on to it already.
In the moment, that's good -- as Representative Polis says, this would be "a temporary, but urgent and necessary fix." Strange, however, that only 69 members of Congress have signed on, given that most Americans support legislation strongly. Polis is also working on passing an act that suggests Regulating Marijuana like Alcohol, and hopefully that's the eventual solution: Making cannabis legal on a federal level. In the meantime, however, we apparently need to settle for an amendment that keeps the status quo, rather than actually fixing the problem.
Don't get us wrong -- if the McClintock-Polis amendment can provide some stability to the cannabis industry, and keep businesses from worrying that they'll get raided by the Feds for contradicting laws, then for sure, let's pass that amendment. Hopefully it'll pick up more support from both parties. But a half-measure isn't a full fix here. Congress these days rarely has the support of a majority of Americans, but in this case it does. The representatives in this country owe the people a serious solution to cannabis -- one that not only makes the drug legal, but compensates American citizens for the suffering and pain that the War on Drugs has caused. Sure, an amendment might help us get towards that, but sooner or later, it will be time to actually take the step forward.