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Washington D.C., October, 06 (The Oklahoma Post)-
“Sending people to jail for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives – for conduct that is legal in many states. That’s before you address the clear racial disparities around prosecution and conviction. Today, we begin to right these wrongs.”
Those were the words of Prisident Joe Biden this afternoon, as his attention turns to domestic policy as the November 8th elections rapidly approach. Calling for the Pardons of cannabis convictions is monumental as the President has called for Pardons of all prior federal offenses of marijuana and is calling on Governors to do the same across the country. The full contents of the statement can be read here.
The decision to begin the removal of cannabis from the Fed’s scheduled drug list should be applauded. Now more; Prevent foreign entity crop ownership, better safety monitoring. With widespread public support, Oklahoma has led the way in getting policy and programs right…almost. U.S. Senate Candidate for Oklahoma, Madison Horn, was quick to ensure Oklahomans and Washington knew her stance on criminal justice reform in a tweet shortly after Biden’s announcement.
Madison is a cybersecurity expert and supporter of expanded federal support of legalized cannabis. She’s currently running neck and neck at the finish line with ultra-conservative incumbent James Lankford, who originally is from Austin, Texas, and left the Falls Creek area for Washington in 2010. While the announcement of executive action is breaking news to most of the citizenry, the news hasn’t caught anyone in Washington by surprise.
“I want to make sure that we have a national check, just like we do on a technology entity, [but] also for agriculture,” Senator Lankford told News 9. Lankford, who will be Madison Horn’s opponent on November 8th, told local veteran anchor Alex Cameron that, “this is not a partisan issue and that he’s had good conversations with the Biden Administration about the issue.”
It’s worth noting that in 2018 James Lankford vehemently campaigned against the will of Oklahoma voters to create a cannabis program in Oklahoma. And not surprisingly, he has done little to help the cannabis industry since state question 788 created the Medical Marijuana Program the state benefits from today.
Some in Washington are claiming that the President’s son, Hunter Biden, has had recent drug problems which are potentially the cause for the President’s enlightenment to take a closer look at drug legalities and federal scheduling. The recent reports of federal agents having a chargeable offense ready to hand over to the Department of Justice are certainly under legal review by the Biden legal team. In a recent interview with OKC’s CBS affiliate News 9, Lankford stated he’d been in contact with Biden regarding specific cannabis legislation that is expected to be approved on both sides of the aisle. While Lankford may not have done a lot to help the state’s cannabis industry in the past, we do recognize his efforts to support the bipartisan effort to reform how cannabis is viewed, classified and penalized at the federal level.
(Writing by Robbie Robertson; Editing by Robbie Robertson)
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