Federal Cannabis Legalization is Not Happening Anytime Soon

Since California passed the Compassionate Use Act in 1996, there have always been folks who insist that federal legalization is right around that corner. As more and more states decriminalized and then regulated cannabis, the ranks of people who believe federal legalization is imminent has grown exponentially.

Recently, when Joe Biden won the presidency, it seemed like a foregone conclusion in many circles that cannabis would be removed from the Controlled Substances Act. These beliefs were fueled in large part by the myriad bills in congressional limbo that would have done everything from decriminalize to full on legalize cannabis.

Of course, none of this actually materialized. And it won’t anytime soon. While I hate to be a pessimist, this is just the reality for the time being (just as I said prior to the 2020 elections). Today, I’ll explain why.

First and foremost, it should have surprised absolutely nobody that President Biden does not care about cannabis. When we graded Biden on cannabis well ahead of the 2020 elections, we gave him a D. Even Trump got a D+. And in the year or so since the 2020 election, Biden has made pretty clear that he has no intent on

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