The formation of the first congressional cannabis caucus is only further evidence that push for the legalization of cannabis is taking greater holder. Although its initial members are all from states who have legal adult use, this move has some widespread significance.
First, the caucus is bi-partisan. Such bi-partisan support only further shows that the liberalization of cannabis laws has broad appeal throughout the United States. It is not a “one party” issue.
Second, the formation of this caucus is also an embryonic effort to revisit federal cannabis laws, and, in particular, its status as a Schedule 1 drug. If the caucus gains greater congressional traction, it may be easier to push the further liberalization of cannabis policy.
It remains to be seen if the membership of this caucus will expand beyond the four states that allow adult use. Nevertheless, this is a significant first step toward a federal movement to review critically federal cannabis laws.