The Democratic sweep of the Georgia runoff elections for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday is likely to give an energizing boost to efforts to legalize cannabis at the federal level, with both activists and investors indicating an optimistic outlook on the issue. Both Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff have been projected as the winners in their bids to unseat Republican incumbents Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
Their victories, combined with the success of President-elect Joe Biden, wrest control of the Senate away from the Republican Party. With 50 senators from each party in the upper chamber of Congress, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote gives the Democrats control of the Senate and its leadership. The change effectively demotes Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to minority leader, greatly diminishing his power over legislation in the Senate.
Cannabis Advocates Hail Senate Victories
Cannabis policy reform advocacy group the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) said in a press release on Wednesday that the shift in legislative power “paves the way for the potential approval of comprehensive marijuana law reform legislation in the 117th Congress.”
“Reform advocates have established over the past two years that we possess the