National lawmakers group: Deschedule cannabis

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has approved a resolution urging the federal government to take marijuana off the list of scheduled drugs under the Controlled Substances Act.

The group said the Controlled Substances Act should be amended – with the removal of marijuana – to make it easier for banks to serve cannabis businesses.

The vast majority of the nation’s banks are afraid to serve marijuana businesses, fearing the federal government could revoke their banking licenses for working with companies that handle federally illegal substances.

Descheduling would also allow states to determine marijuana policies without fear the threat of federal interference, the NCSL said.

The National Conference of State Legislatures said in 2015 that “federal laws, including the Controlled Substances Act, should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference.”

There are at least three schedule-related bills in Congress:

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4 comments on “National lawmakers group: Deschedule cannabis
  1. Pam on

    NCSL is a great data resource for policy wonks. Good move on their part to not only have the data to prove the national social change but to support legislatures with logical reasoning based on that data.

  2. If only... on

    Obviously, NCSL is a more democratic representation of The People than Congress. Surely, a pro-business President Trump will finally stand up to the self-serving anti-cannabis interests. The case for descheduling cannabis has been made. The people are speaking. AG Sessions, will you listen or continue to allow your personal opinion to override a clear democratic majority of United States citizens? How long are you going to allow this hypocrisy to continue, President Trump? Confiscation laws and Schedule I marijuana are two tools for corruption. Eliminate the black market–lower crime. Generate critical tax revenue–backstop failing pensions. There are too many pros. Few cons. Time for common sense leadership.

  3. Lawrence Goodwin on

    I’d argue that the “time for common sense leadership” passed aeons ago. On August 1st, 1937, to be exact. The next day our country’s legal cannabis industry was destroyed by the scribble of one pen. No one had the guts to speak up and stop President Franklin D. Roosevelt—one of the most celebrated Democrats of all time—from signing the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act. Likewise, no one dared to step up and denounce the delusions of President Richard Nixon—an early admirer of Donald Trump—when he signed the Controlled Substances Act on October 27, 1970. Nixon further intensified the tyranny wielded against seedless, female cannabis flowers (called “marihuana” in federal and state laws), which to this day continues corrupting Democrats, Republicans, lawmakers and bureaucrats right down to the local level. Leadership? On “marihuana” policy alone, about half of the members of our United States Congress could be brought up on charges of treason, considering the fortunes they have received in “campaign donations” from synthetic pill companies—specifically to keep all-natural “marihuana” products, very promising competitors, right where they are by prohibitive law.

    It breaks one’s heart trying to understand why, over the course of 80 years, so much needless suffering has been viciously imposed on Americans by the forces arrayed against cannabis plants. President George Washington would’ve never let “marihuana” madness rule the day. He had the courage to say cannabis plants should be grown “everywhere”—and he definitely meant all types of cannabis, knowing the plants’ limitless commercial value. Today it’s virtually impossible to imagine our career politicians and bureaucrats having even a fraction of that same kind of courage. Best of luck trying to find it.

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