Group would like to see an end to prohibition, criminalization and over-regulation of cannabis in the U.S.
Angelos reportedly had earlier connected with the Koch network to feel out its support for legalizing cannabis at the federal level in the U.S. Compared to previous Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, current Majority Leader Chuck Schumer looks to a far better bet to get a weed legalization bill to a vote, he suggested to Politico. Sixty yes votes are needed for any such bill to pass.
Schumer has been very vocal about his support to oust current rules, tweeting last week that he “will keep working in the Senate to end the federal prohibition on marijuana and undo the damage of the War on Drugs.”
Earlier this week, the CFA reported to it was “launched to end the prohibition, criminalization and overregulation of cannabis in the United States. The CFA aims to do so 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.”
“Ending cannabis prohibition and incarceration is a moral imperative,” Angelos says in the statement.
“For too long, cruel laws punishing non-violent cannabis offences have destroyed the lives of individuals throughout this country — myself included. It is high time that Congress and the President right this wrong and allow those harmed by cannabis prohibition the chance to participate in the cannabis industry like the millionaires and billionaires doing so now.”
So far, CFA’s steering membership includes Americans for Prosperity (AFP), founded by the Koch brothers, Mission Green/The Weldon Project, the Reason Foundation and the Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce.
But Angelos, who is serving as a co-ordinator of the group, argued both sides are needed to get the job done. Koch may be of assistance in that regard, that is if his backing the CFA holds any sway with Republicans, whose support is needed to pass a legalization bill.
“We need 10 to 12 Republican senators,” Angelos told Politico. “With Koch’s influence, I think that’s likely a possibility,” he added.
The AFP is “excited to work alongside our partners to bring cannabis businesses into the light, replacing black and grey markets with a free and fair legal framework that improves public safety and emphasizes entrepreneurship and equal opportunity,” Brent Gardner, AFP’s chief government affairs officer, says in the CFA statement.
“In this context, cannabis commerce will become a way for Americans to lift themselves up, rather than a barrier holding them back,” Gardner noted.
The CFA will strive to achieve four things: federal de-scheduling and criminal justice reform, re-entry and successful second chances, promoting entrepreneurship in free and open markets and competitive and reasonable tax rates.
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