Mayors Take the Lead on Marijuana Reform
The mayors of San Francisco and Los Angeles have joined a small coalition of municipal leaders calling for the reform of federal marijuana laws.
In a resolution sponsored at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston, they called on the U.S. government to remove cannabis from the list of federal controlled substances; to allow tax deductions for marijuana industry employers; to provide banking guidance to institutions that do business with the marijuana industry; and to extend medical cannabis access to U.S. veterans.
At the same time, mayors from a handful of cities including Oakland and San Francisco, have said they are forming a coalition called the Government for Responsible U.S. Cannabis Policy to advise other states and cities on marijuana legalization based on their own experiences.
“Marijuana legalization is coming to a city near you,” their video reads. “Mayors are coming together to proactively prepare cities, states and Congress for legalization.”
Mayors are the ones implementing legal marijuana. We know what works & what doesn’t. Teaming up w/ @MarkFarrellSF, @MayorJenny, @LibbySchaaf, @tedwheeler & @mayorheidi in a first-of-its-kind coalition to help cities, states & Congress prepare for legalization #MayorsMJCoalition pic.twitter.com/M6TCORQc5P— Michael B. Hancock (@MayorHancock) June 11, 2018