How Many Legal Weed States Before We Get Federal Reform? We May Be There Already

Most states have passed some type of cannabis reform — only six consider it fully illegal. Yet, on the federal level, the marijuana prohibition has yet to be repealed.
Lawmakers continue to drag their feet, with just incremental progress taking shape in the 116th Congress.

Sources tell Benzinga that while reform may be on the horizon, there is concern that lawmakers may continue to linger on the matter despite a change in power in D.C.

How Many States Does It Take?

The federal government is not obligated to act on any measure despite the views of the states. But a compelling case is being made with cannabis reform.

John Sullivan, EVP Government Affairs at Cresco Labs Inc. (OTCQX: CRLBF), says Congress is taking action on smaller pieces of , citing the SAFE Act and a bill focused on research.

"It's only a matter of time and federal bandwidth for future discussion," he said.

Robert Bird, an attorney and professor of business law at the University of Connecticut, shares a similar sentiment.

"The more states legalize cannabis, the greater the pressure there will be for the federal government to follow suit," Bird says.

But while there is movement towards legalization, "there is still significant resistance to legalization both in government and members of the public," he adds.

Saphira Galoob, executive director of the National Cannabis Roundtable, says there may be enough states to push for federal reform, citing recent election results that saw five states pass reform as a recent example of the momentum.

"Cannabis initiatives succeeded in every in which they were on the ballot, including one of …

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