WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2021 – Today, the Cannabis Freedom Alliance (CFA) announced that it has endorsed the States Reform Act.
The Act strongly aligns with CFA’s vision of ending prohibition in a manner consistent with helping all Americans achieve their full potential and limiting the number of barriers that inhibit innovation and entrepreneurship in a free and open market. The States Reform Act is the truly principled vehicle for conservatives, libertarian, and all who value limited government to support cannabis reform.
CFA was proud to work with Rep. Nancy Mace’s (R-SC)’s team in crafting this legislation and to lend it our future support. The Act creates a bill that keeps Americans and their children safe while ending the federal preemption of and interference with state cannabis laws.
The States Reform Act: Federally decriminalizes cannabis and fully defers to state powers over prohibition and commercial regulation Regulates cannabis products like alcohol products Institutes a 3% federal excise tax on those products to fund law enforcement and small business programs. Ensures the continued existence of state medical cannabis programs and patient access while allowing for new medical research and products to be developed Protects our veterans by ensuring they will not be discriminated against in federal hiring for cannabis use or lose their VA healthcare for following their doctor’s advice to use medical cannabis Protects children and young adults under 21 from cannabis products and advertising nationwide
Weldon Angelos, co-Coordinator of CFA’s Steering Committee and head of Mission Green/The Weldon Project, said: “The States Reform Act represents exciting movement towards compromise on the cannabis criminal justice issue and progress-building on the First Step Act. Representative Mace is bringing constructive solutions that promise to bring more Republicans to the table to end an unjust root cause of mass incarceration.”
Weldon Angelos was sentenced to a mandatory 55 years in prison for selling a few pounds of marijuana while possessing a firearm “As cannabis use continues to grow throughout the country, this legislation is a good first step at striking a regulatory balance between the federal government and states,” said Jillian Snider, R Street Institute Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties Policy Director and retired NYPD officer. “It provides a comprehensive framework for federal decriminalization, including updating laws that help guide our criminal justice system.
One crucial change would allow certain non-violent federal cannabis convictions to be expunged, freeing up those resources to protect public safety in other, more valuable ways. We are thrilled to see a Republican-led effort to bring federal cannabis laws into the modern age and applaud Congresswoman Mace for her leadership.”
Cannabis Freedom Alliance Releases New White Paper on Federal Regulation of Cannabis in a Legalized Environment Cannabis Freedom Alliance (CFA), a coalition of prominent national advocacy and business organizations seeking to end the prohibition and criminalization of cannabis in the United States, released a White Paper that provides an overview and general recommendations to help guide the effort toward federal legalization of cannabis. CFA Steering Committee Membership includes prominent national advocacy organizations Americans for Prosperity (AFP), Mission Green/The Weldon Project, the Reason Foundation, and the Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce (GACC), and Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP).
The CFA White Paper, available for download at cannabisfreedomalliance.org, provides analysis and makes recommendations on a variety of topics–from criminal justice reform to the mechanics of federally-regulated interstate trade–that help ensure a free, fair, open, and equitable cannabis marketplace for all Americans. Specifically, the aim is to achieve the following goals: Establishing a regulatory framework that promotes public safety while allowing innovation, industry, and research to thrive. Ensuring individuals previously involved in the illicit market can effectively secure a second chance and contribute to the legal market. Creating low barriers to entry and non-restrictive occupational and business licensing so that large companies and new entrepreneurs can compete on a level playing field. Imposing a total tax burden – federal, state, and local combined – that does not incentivize the continuation of gray or black markets and ensures competitive global footing for a vibrant, novel U.S. industry. For more information on the CFA or to join our efforts, please visit our website at cannabisfreedomalliance.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Cannabis Freedom Alliance: The Cannabis Freedom Alliance (CFA) is a coalition of advocacy and business organizations seeking to end the prohibition and criminalization of cannabis in the United States in a manner consistent with helping all Americans achieve their full potential and limiting the number of barriers that inhibit innovation and entrepreneurship in a free and open market.
UPDATED NEWS ON Pennsylvania MMJ Cultivation Two state senators announced plans this week to introduce legislation that would allow Pennsylvania medical marijuana patients to grow their own plants at home. Sens. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, and Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia, said they will co-sponsor legislation to allow Pennsylvanians in the state’s medical marijuana program (MMJ) to cultivate a limited number of cannabis plants from their home for personal use. “Pennsylvania’s MMJ Advisory Board and the state Health Department have mounting data illustrating significant disparities in accessibility,” Laughlin said.
“Cost has likewise been a big burden for patients for quite some time.” Pennsylvania approved medical marijuana with Act 16 in 2016, but patients in some rural counties must travel more than two hours to purchase flower at a dispensary. Patients also have complained products at the dispensaries are very expensive, particularly for cancer and terminally ill patients who do not have insurance coverage for the medicine they need. “It is critical that policy meet people where they are, and by allowing medical marijuana patients to grow cannabis plants at home, we can help ease the cost and accessibility burdens for this important medicine,” Laughlin said.
“This legislation would go a long way towards helping everyday Pennsylvanians meet their health needs and ensuring everyone is treated equitably and fairly under Act 16.” Laughlin and Street posted a memorandum Wednesday on the Pennsylvania state Senate website to solicit co-sponsors for the legislation. The Marijuana Policy Project, a nonprofit that advocates for marijuana policy reform, reports about half of the states with medical marijuana programs, and 15 of 19 states that have legalized adult-use cannabis, currently allow for personal cultivation. The Marijuana Policy Project contends in states with safeguards in place, such as a limit on plant numbers and requirements to keep grows out of public view, there have been no serious issues. No states have repealed home cultivation, and none is attempting to do so, according to the nonprofit.
The senators’ announcement came just over a month after Laughlin and Street introduced legislation to allow for adult use of marijuana in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 473 would allow for personal use of marijuana, establish a Cannabis Regulatory Control Board, provide for regulating marijuana businesses, help those convicted of marijuana related crimes to expunge their records and incorporate the changes into current laws regarding driving under the influence. SB 473 is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Law and Justice Committee.
Laughlin and Street said more than 60% of Pennsylvanians support adult-use marijuana legislation, which the Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office estimated would generate between $400 million and $1 billion a year in new tax revenue for the commonwealth. Pennsylvania State Police arrested more than 20,000 adults for marijuana-relation violations in 2020, an increase from 2019, the senators said. Federal lawmakers, meanwhile, also have moved to decriminalize marijuana nationally.
U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., introduced legislation Monday to decriminalize marijuana and allow states to pass laws and regulations without fear of federal intrusion. Mace told reporters at a Washington news conference a half-dozen of her Republican colleagues plan to co-sponsor the bill she said would regulate marijuana in the same way as alcohol, prohibiting use for anyone under 21, The Associated Press reported. If approved, Mace said, the measure would not change local marijuana restrictions and regulations already adopted by states. “It protects each state’s unique laws and reforms,” she said.
“It takes into account at the federal level that every state is different.” The National Conference of State Legislatures has reported 36 states and four territories have approved medical marijuana use. Eighteen states, two territories and the District of Columbia.
Two Pennsylvania senators seek co-sponsors for grow-your-own-medical-marijuana bill Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Canabis Freedom Alliance – Home | Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CannaFreedomAlliance For more information on the CFA, please contact email@example.com.
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