Despite majority support for REC legalization, changing federal cannabis law depends on convincing three key GOP senators: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Mike Crapo (Id.), Rolling Stone reports.
- While conservative Senators seem more open to legalization than even in 2017, Democratic lobbyist Saphira Galoob says “We are still in a situation where the temperature within the Republican Party conference — within the leadership — is not yet signaling that it’s OK.”
- Graham and Crapo are heads of the judiciary and banking committees respectively, the most likely committees to advance standalone cannabis legislation.
- The banking committee will debate bank access this week.
- Crapo is from Idaho, one of only three states which doesn’t allow CBD for medical use. Idaho has the country’s second largest Mormon population. The church has staked out a limited pro-MED position but is strongly opposed to REC. (Crapo is a member of the church.)
- Graham has a C rating from NORML.
- McConnell fought to legalize hemp, a boon for Kentucky farmers, but has said he will not consider rescheduling cannabis. Some legalization activists think he might go along with a bill which also helps the hemp industry.
- Last week I asked if McConnell’s buddy, speaker of the house turned cannabis lobbyist John Boehner is good for the weed business.
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