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How a Split Senate Can Legalize Marijuana

With the two Senate races in Georgia going to Democrats (one race has yet to be officially decided), that leaves the Senate with a 50/50 split between Democrats and Republicans. Since VP-elect Kamala Harris gets the deciding vote if the chamber is split down the middle on a bill, the Dems have the advantage.

Mitch McConnell will be out as Senate Majority Leader as Chuck Schumer, an advocate for legalizing marijuana, takes the gavel. Now bills passed by the Dem-controlled House will not be summarily blocked by Republicans. One bill that should pass right away is the SAFE Banking Act, which allows marijuana businesses to use federal banking services.

It will be harder to get the MORE Act passed in the Senate, even with Dem control. The MORE Act would deschedule marijuana and hence end its prohibition.

Twitter is all abuzz about Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff's victories in Georgia and what they mean for marijuana legalization in Congress.










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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.