What happens when a GOP mega donor, criminal justice reform advocate Weldon Angelos and Snoop Dogg get together on a Zoom call?  No, that's not the setup to a joke.  It's the setup to the Cannabis Freedom Alliance.

The Cannabis Freedom Alliance (CFA) mission is to "end the prohibition and criminalization of cannabis in the United States 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."  In other words, they want to make weed legal.

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According to The Hill and Politico, mega-donor Charles Koch, Snoop, and Angelos got together on a Zoom call over the summer and that is where the idea for the CFA started. Through the smoke of a Zoom call.

And this isn't just a we're high dream. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in an interview to Politico that "we're going to move forward" in terms of federal decriminalization.  So powerful people, from both sides of the political spectrum are coming together for Mary Jane.

In a press release from the CFA their values include:

  • Federal De-Scheduling and Criminal Justice Reform. Seek the complete removal of cannabis from the Schedules of the Controlled Substances Act to bring an end to cannabis criminalization and allow innovation, industry, and research to thrive.
  • Reentry and Successful Second Chances. Seek to ensure individuals who were formerly incarcerated, or current grey-market operators, are given a second chance in society and have an equal opportunity to contribute to cannabis commerce as it transitions from an illicit to legal market.
  • Promoting Entrepreneurship in Free and Open Markets. Seek federal and regulatory frameworks for cannabis which promote public safety while ensuring low barriers to entry and non-restrictive occupational and business licensing. We cannot create a market where a handful of strong companies run the industry and small entrepreneurs face unreasonable barriers to access.
  • Competitive and Reasonable Tax Rates. The total tax burden imposed – federal, state, and local combined – should not incentivize the continuation of gray or black markets by making them more easily accessible or profitable than legal businesses.

While Illinois is already legal, and Iowa is 54% in favor (check out that poll and story here) things may be coming together from a nation wide standpoint.  All thanks to Snoop.  I mean really, who else but Snoop could bring us all together.

 

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