What is Preventing Cannabis Legalization in the US?

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At this point, cannabis is ubiquitous, popular, and the party that most openly supports cannabis legalization controls the legislative and executive branch of the Federal government. So why does cannabis legalization seem distant? Although many Americans and lawmakers support legalization, that has not been a reason cited to end the filibuster. Cannabis legalization in some form or another is legal nearly everywhere in the US.  As of August 2021: Medical marijuana is legal in 36 states, 4 territories, and in the US Capitol, Washington DC. An additional 12 states have legalized the medical use of CBD derived from marijuana. Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Senate Republicans, is not going to tolerate any efforts to support Senate Democrats, including a bill to federally legalize cannabis.

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Cannabis legalization in some form or another is legal nearly everywhere in the US.  As of August 2021:

Medical marijuana is legal in 36 states, 4 territories, and in the US Capitol, Washington DC. An additional 12 states have legalized the medical use of CBD derived from marijuana. Adult use marijuana is legal in 19 states, 2 territories and Washington DC.  Recent poll...

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