Sam D’Arcangelo, the project manager for the Cannabis Voter Project, has immersed himself in voter registration data in Georgia and says he hopes his group’s corporate partners will convey to customers and suppliers how critical the contests there are. The national Drug Policy Alliance is looking to support Warnock and Ossoff with donations from its political action committee.
Just a month ago the industry got a boost when five states passed ballot measures approving cannabis use. Arizona and New Jersey joined deep-red Montana and South Dakota in allowing the sale of recreational pot; Mississippi approved it for medical use. Altogether, 15 states—making up more than one-third of the U.S. population—now have legal recreational weed, and 35 allow it for medical purposes.
At the federal level, it’s a different story. In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other Republicans don’t favor legalization. As long as the chamber remains in their grip, they can block measures the Democratic-led House of Representatives has approved to ease restrictions on pot. But if Georgia elects two Democrats, that would flip Senate control, making possible the end (or at least a significant de-escalation) of the almost 50-year war on cannabis. The industry says it’s about time, with 68% of Americans registering support in opinion polls for making it legal nationally.
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