Bipartisan Members of Congress Introduce Proposal to Seal Cannabis Conviction Records

While it seems that America's two major political parties are widely divided on almost every issue, there is one that is bringing them together.

Recently a bipartisan group of Congress members introduced a bill to seal the records of people with non-violent marijuana convictions if they remain crime-free for one year after their release. The effort is led by Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester and Republican Rod Blum. Blunt Rochester is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, while Blum is a member of the Freedom Caucus.

The support for this initiative isn't just bipartisan in Congress either. The bill is also supported by FreedomWorks, a conservative organization, and the Center for American Progress, a liberal organization.

Considering how divided these organizations and politicians tend to be, they've begun calling themselves the "Strange Bedfellows" for their support of this bill.

But while Blum may support this initiative, that is not true of Republican leadership. While many marijuana proposals do have support from Republicans in Congress, GOP leadership continues to shut down these bills. So the only way bills like this one will actually become law is if Republican leadership is replaced, most likely by voting them out of office and replacing them with Democrats.

(h/t CBS News)


With the end of the spring legislative session just days away, New York lawmakers are making one final push towards legalizing cannabis in the Empire State. The hope is to vote on legalization this Wednesday. There have been a lot of ups and down for Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and his fight to legalize recreational cannabis in New York.

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