Just in case you needed the reminder, Election Day is now just 44 days away. Amid the chaos that’s been the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, tens of millions of Americans around the country will soon head to their local voting booths or mail in their ballots to determine the path the U.S. will take going forward.
At stake this election are all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, a third of all Senate seats, and the big chair in the Oval Office.
Although anything could happen over the next 44 days, Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden appears to have a firm lead in polling over incumbent Donald Trump for the presidency. There’s little question that the president over the coming four years will have some serious challenges to tackle, including job growth, the coronavirus pandemic, and a struggling Social Security program.
But don’t discount the role that marijuana could play in the upcoming election.
Marijuana legalization could be a budding issue in the 2020 election
As of today, marijuana is legalized in some medical capacity in two-thirds of all U.S. states, with 11 of these states also allowing for the consumption and/or retail sale of weed. Even with cannabis remaining wholly illegal at the federal level (i.e. Schedule I drug), the U.S. is the unquestioned worldwide leader in annual pot revenue. [Read more at The Motley Fool]