Cannabis Law Newsletter by HK Cannabis Law – February 5, 2021

In today’s HK Cannabis Law Newsletter, we present articles and information regarding the following: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s commitment to cannabis reform, explicitly stating that ending the “cannabis prohibition” is a top priority for 2021; President Donald Trump reserved a small number of his pardons for cannabis convictions; meanwhile, the Idaho Senate’s Republican majority seeks to amend its state constitution to prevent cannabis from being decriminalized; and the cannabis industry overall appears uniquely situated to embrace greener means of production.

  • Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer is already taking aggressive steps on cannabis reform at the federal level, including a meeting with President Biden’s nominee for the U.S. Attorney General, to stress the importance of respecting state decisions to decriminalize cannabis.

  • Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, along with other U.S. Senators including Sen. Cory Brooker (D-NJ) and Sen. Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced in a joint-statement that they would work to end cannabis prohibition in 2021.

  • On the eve of leaving office, with less than a day remaining in his presidential-term, President Donald Trump pardoned 12 individuals of their cannabis-based federal crimes, in what is considered a small victory for reform efforts.

  • The Idaho Senate appears to be bucking the national trend towards legalization, as exemplified by its recent passage of a constitutional amendment that would prevent cannabis, or any drug, from being decriminalized.

  • As a nascent industry, cannabis is uniquely situated to adopt environmentally friendly means of production, because doing so both lowers the costs of production, and attracts environmentally-minded consumers.

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