Biden commerce pick wants cannabis in gov't stores (Newsletter: January 11, 2021) – Marijuana Moment

Dem Senate control boosts marijuana in 2021; NY gov’s new legalization plan; CO gov proposes small biz funds; Top KY lawmakers open to medical cannabis

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Democrats took control of the U.S. Senate, according to projected results of Tuesday’s two runoff elections in Georgia. Presumptive incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has promised to put a federal marijuana legalization bill on the floor, and Marijuana Moment’s latest analysis examines what else Democratic control of Capitol Hill and the White House means for cannabis in 2021.

President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly selected Judge Merrick Garland to serve as attorney general. While he doesn’t have an extensive marijuana record, he did suggest during oral arguments for one case that the Drug Enforcement Administration should be deferred to when it comes to the science and scheduling of cannabis.

  • “Don’t we have to defer to the agency?… We’re not scientists. They are.”

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) unveiled details about his plan to legalize marijuana in the state in 2021. The moves come one day after nearly a third of the state Senate cosponsored a new bill to legalize cannabis.

    In a new joint interview, top Kentucky House and Senate lawmakers expressed openness to legalizing medical marijuana this year but said they oppose the Gov. Andy Beshear’s (D) plan to tax it to raise revenue.

  • “If you’re taking that approach, that it’s a money generator, then you’re not

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