House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just linked cannabis to COVID-19.
According to Breitbart, Pelosi said at a press conference Friday that cannabis legislation is “related” to the coronavirus before lauding the illegal drug as “a therapy that has proven successful.”
“That’s what that’s all about”
According to Breitbart, Pelosi was asked at her weekly presser on Friday about new coronavirus relief proposals from Republicans and Democrats alike. In addition to providing relief to Americans, a reporter alleged that there were “a lot of unrelated things” in both bills.
“Republicans and the administration got a lot of heat when they released their bill. Because there was a lot of unrelated things in there, including money for the FBI building, money for defense to replenish the wall,” the reporter told Pelosi, according to Breitbart.
The journalist went on: “There’s some things in your bill that’s not directly related to COVID, like they’re talking about cannabis or the SALT reduction. Are those things that you’re willing to also strip out of the bill?”
The House speaker, for her part, responded by asserting that cannabis is indeed tied to COVID-19, a virus that has infected some 4.6 Americans and killed over 155,000, according to The New York Times.
“Well, I don’t agree with you that cannabis is not related to this,” she said, as Breitbart reported. “This is a therapy that has proven successful, and it is by no means of the caliber of money or misrepresentation that remodeling the federal building is for over a billion dollars so that another hotel doesn’t come in there and compete with the president’s hotel.”
Pelosi went on: “That’s what that’s all about. That has nothing to do with the coronavirus. So, we’re going to have to come to some compromise on the legislation. I just don’t accept that there’s any equivalence in what you put forth there.”
The bottom line
According to The Hill, the question of cannabis came up because Democrats’ latest coronavirus proposal, which was passed by the House in May and is packed full of progressive agenda items, includes language that would make it easier for cannabis growers and distributors to legally conduct business with banks and other financial institutions. Cannabis is currently classified as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning the federal government sees “no legitimate medical purpose” for it, as The Hill notes.
Pelosi apparently wants to revive that debate — but is the middle of a pandemic really the time for that?
In the meantime, President Donald Trump continues to face pushback for his endorsement of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19.
It seems Democrats are only interested in pursuing treatment options that align with their agenda. But if the Dems see cannabis as an option, perhaps Trump’s “game-changer” drug deserves some consideration, too.