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.”