The Democratic and Republican national conventions have barely spoken on federal marijuana reform. The Republican party did not even write a new platform and the Democratic party fell short of supporting the efforts congressional Democrats have made in the past year toward federal marijuana legalization and cannabis banking reform. Washington DC lobbyists and industry experts anticipate Democratic lawmakers – regardless of the election outcome – to push forward with a pro-marijuana reform agenda. If President Trump is reelected, it is likely to be satisfied more by the status quo unless politically motivated to act otherwise. David Mangone, director of the policy and government affairs for The Liaison Group, a Washington DC firm that lobbies for the National Cannabis Roundtable mentions, “If Joe Biden wins who seems hesitant to embrace marijuana, with Kamala Harris as the Vice President, I think she’ll pull Biden along.” Mangone among others noted the California senator is the lead sponsor in the Senate of the MORE Act, a social justice-focused measure that would legalize marijuana federally by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act.

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