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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Says Federal Cannabis Reform is Coming “Very Soon”



[dropcap class=”kp-dropcap”]R[/dropcap]ep. Dana Rohrabacher believes that the White House will address federal cannabis reform shortly after the midterm elections. The Republican congressman is generally supportive of bipartisan cannabis efforts—most notably with the ongoing continuance of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment that protects state medical cannabis laws—but concerns about alleged ties to Russian and his track record on LGBT people remain.

With the midterm elections quickly approaching, Rep. Rohrabacher told Fox Business that the Trump administration will fix the current disconnect between state and federal laws. “I have been talking to people inside the White House who know and inside the president’s entourage . . . I have talked to them at length,” Rep. Rohrabacher confided. “I have been reassured that the president intends on keeping his campaign promise.”

Unfortunately, the congressman didn’t specify about which bills he was talking about. Nor did he provide a clear timeline of when these events could take place. Trump has hinted at supporting cannabis referendums before, such as the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Entrusting States (STATES) Act last summer, but real action has yet to come.

“I would expect after the election we will sit down and we’ll start hammering out something that is specific and real,” Rep. Rohrabacher said. “It could be as early as spring of 2019, but definitely in the next legislative session.”

Cannabis is a rare bipartisan issue that attracts support from both Republicans and Democrats. Federal cannabis reform would sold an entire plethora of disadvantages to the cannabis industry—ranging from banking issues, tax issues and regulatory issues. Rep. Rohrabacher told CULTURE last January that setbacks only “mobilize” the cannabis community.

Rohrabacher is up for reelection this November. He will face off with Democrat Harley Rouda, and recent polling indicates that the race will be a toss-up. There is a lot on the line at this year’s midterm elections, as Republicans and Democrats battle for control over the House, with a number of representatives and other lawmakers retiring.

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