Written by the Parabola Center - Launching Fall 2021
The end of federal marijuana prohibition is coming. This remarkable political change happened over the past several decades because of a mass movement of millions of people who beat the power dynamics against all odds. But now that mass movement needs to decide what national marijuana legalization will look like. "Deschedule marijuana and we can figure out the rest later" is not an acceptable position to take. No one, certainly not corporate conglomerates, will do this work for us. We need to do it ourselves.
The good news is that finally, much of the leadership in Congress is on the same page as the people. We want to legalize and responsibly regulate marijuana, encourage small businesses within a diverse and equitable market, and benefit those who have been harmed the most by marijuana laws. To do that, we need to avoid opening the floodgates to interstate commerce all at once. Instead, the federal government needs time and space to develop the competence to regulate marijuana in an equitable way. Then it can slowly and intentionally allow for a national interstate marketplace. In the meantime, existing state programs can continue to develop as successful models begin to emerge.
We wrote these amendments and alternatives to demonstrate multiple incremental approaches to federal legalization that would accomplish this. Download our feedback on the CAOA as well as our summary and rewrite of the MORE Act of 2021 below. To support this work and more like it, become a Parabola Center patron on Pateron.