Cannabis Reform: Is Congress Listening?

Driven by the Drug War, over 749,000 people were arrested in 2012 in the United States for marijuana-related offenses alone, thus bringing the nation’s prison population to be nearly ten times as high as countries in Western Europe. As thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens continue to be put behind bars each year, it is clear that marijuana prohibition has caused far more problems for the nation than it resolves. While the public and many state leaders have jumped on the bandwagon for cannabis reform, the federal government has notoriously been lagging behind on the issue. However, marijuana is having a very good year in Congress so far. The following are some of the ways federal politicians are now working to accommodate popular state laws in an effort to drive cannabis reform on a national level.

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