HR 420 introduced, could finally legalize on a national level
It’s a brand new year in 2019, and we have a brand new class of Congresspeople, including a bunch of Democratic representatives that rolled in on last November’s Blue Wave. That means that the conditions are better than ever for finally taking action to legalize marijuana on a federal level, and a bill has been introduced that could finally be the one. Representative Earl Blumenauer, from Oregon, has introduced the appropriately numbered HR 420, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, designed to get cannabis off of the schedule of illegal drugs, and start to set up a regulated industry overseen by the ATF.
This bill does have a long way to go — it’s only been introduced in the House, so that body still needs to vote on it, and after that it would be up for Senate approval, and our President would have to sign it before it actually became law. So we’re still far from a final resolution here (if indeed the bill ever gets passed at all). And as you may have heard, there are some other things happening in politics lately, like the fact that our criminal President wants to build a useless border wall with taxpayer money. So this bill isn’t exactly the hottest story in Washington at the moment.
But all of that said, this is a first step on the path to what may have been working for for so long: Legalization on the federal level. Congress already has the overwhelming support of the people to legalize, and if HR 420 can be the bill to finally make this happen, then it’s a welcome sight for sure. We’ll keep an eye on the bill as it moves through the ranks, and if it succeeds, we’ll undoubtedly hear more about it in the future.