VA gov calls for legal cannabis in 2021 (Newsletter: November 17, 2020) – Marijuana Moment

Mexico legal marijuana vote Friday; CT House speaker: legalization “inevitable”; CA psychedelics decrim efforts; Andrew Yang talks cannabis

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Mexican Senate committees are set to approve a newly revised cannabis legalization bill on Friday, with the aim of passing it on the floor as soon as next week. Marijuana Moment obtained a copy of the latest draft of the proposal, which hasn’t yet been formally introduced.

A new Biden-Harris transition plan on racial justice does not include their campaign promise to decriminalize marijuana and expunge records—even though it mentions other criminal justice reforms they touted alongside the cannabis pledge in recent months.

A spokesperson told Marijuana Moment that the omission doesn’t mean the president-elect won’t follow through. “Nothing has changed,” he said.

Connecticut House Speaker-designate Matt Ritter (D) said that marijuana legalization is “inevitable…especially when your neighboring states are doing it.”

California senators announced they will file a bill to decriminalize psychedelics in the state in 2021. Meanwhile, San Francisco activists are pressing the district attorney to join Oakland, Santa Cruz and other cities in making psychedelics the lowest local law enforcement priority.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said he’s optimistic about the prospects for marijuana legalization under a Biden presidency.

“Every time we have an election, there are going to be more states that want to join the ever-growing, cool states club.”

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