A U.S. senator says that the marijuana legalization policy going into effect in Canada this week should serve as a model for American cannabis laws.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) released the following statement on Tuesday:
“Canada has recognized what Oregonians already understand: cannabis prohibition is a failed policy that wastes resources and destroys lives.
“Here in the United States, more and more states are following the lead of Oregonians and legalizing cannabis. Americans across the country, and across party lines, support ending this misguided federal prohibition. Their support has never been stronger and is still growing. Despite this progress, the federal government has yet to provide the reforms we so desperately need. It’s time that changed. Congress should seize the moment, do the right thing, and end the federal prohibition on marijuana once and for all by responsibly regulating and taxing cannabis like any other legal substance.
“Now that our neighbor to the north is opening its legal cannabis market, the longer we delay, the longer we miss out on potentially significant economic opportunities for Oregon and other states across the country.”
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