Congressional Caucus Says US Congress Can Legalize Marijuana if Democrats Keep Senate and Take Back House

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) released its Progressive Proposition Agenda, including a section in support of legalizing marijuana, which they say “can pass with congressional majorities”

The CPC calls their new agenda “a vision for Congress to meet everyday Americans’ urgent needs and rebuild the American dream for the poor, working, and middle class.” The document presents “a comprehensive domestic policy legislative agenda that includes proactive, top-priority policies that lift up poor and working people.”

The agenda includes a section on  marijuana law reform, with the group saying they want to “reduce criminalization and incarceration through sentencing reform, legalizing cannabis, expunging records, providing restorative justice, and an accelerated and reformed clemency process for people with marijuana-related convictions.”

Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said:

Progressives are proud to have been part of the most significant Democratic legislative accomplishments of this century. We have made real progress for everyday Americans — but there’s much more work to be done. That’s why the Progressive Caucus has identified these popular, populist, and possible solutions. With the Progressive Proposition Agenda, Democrats in Congress can meet the urgent needs people are facing, rewrite the rules to ensure majorities of this country are no longer barred from the American promise of equality, justice, and economic opportunity, and motivate people with a vision of progressive governance under Democratic majorities in the House and Senate and a Democratic White House.

The agenda is endorsed by: Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Center for Popular Democracy, Demand Progress, Family Values @ Work, the Green New Deal Network, Indivisible, MoveOn, National Education Association, National Employment Law Project, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Nurses United, Native Organizers Alliance, Our Revolution, P Street, People’s Action, PolicyLink, Public Citizen, Public Money Action, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Sierra Club, Social Security Works, Sunrise Movement, Take on Wall Street, United We Dream, and Working Families Party.

Currently the Democrats have narrow control of the Senate, while being in the minority in the House of Representatives by five votes. This November a third of all Senate positions are up for grabs, as are all 435 House positions.

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