Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado introduced legislation allowing each state to determine its own course when it comes to cannabis law. The amendment to the First Step Act is seen as a long shot by many in the Republican-dominated Senate, although Gardner did say that the bill would pass with a simple majority in an interview with Bloomberg on Monday.
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Gardner is up for reelection in 2020 and is seen as one of the more vulnerable seats in the Senate, hence the pushback against his party’s line when it comes to cannabis reform. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who supported the new hemp provisions in the farm bill, has stated that he is against legalizing cannabis and that hemp and cannabis are two different things.
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In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Gardner laid out his reasoning for supporting the bill, though he neglected to mention his re-election bid come the next cycle.