The number of Americans, including a number of Democratic presidential candidates, are actively fighting against age-old drug reforms seeking for more tolerance towards marijuana.
On 7th March 2019, Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced what they called a “landmark” piece of legislation, the ‘Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019’, which is “the only bipartisan piece of legislation that would allow states to make independent choices about their marijuana programs,” according to Young.
Gabbard and Rep. Don Young are teaming up to file two new cannabis bills. One would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act—a process known as descheduling—so that states can set their own laws without interference.
# of people arrested for marijuana law violation in 2017: 659,700
# of those charged with marijuana law violations arrested for possession only: 599,282 (90.8 percent)
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) March 7, 2019
Gabbard also announced her candidacy for the 2020 presidential election, saying that the bill would remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances list, thereby allowing states to set up their own laws regulating the substance.