In Canada, lawmakers continue to say that automatic expungement is impossible. In the U.S., federal prohibition continues to limit progress.
Employment protections for cannabis users vary between Canada and the U.S. Still, employers and employees in both nations continue to find themselves in precarious situations over worker rights. The matter becomes that much more complex when considering the rights of medical and adult-use consumers.
Most legal experts and cannabis operators believe federal legalization will come to the United States soon. How and when it arrives remains up for debate, as does the impact on state markets.
Mexico’s Supreme Court-mandated passage of adult use cannabis continues to see delays. Now on its third extension, lawmakers have until April 30, 2021, to pass a bill that would legalize, among other parameters, use and possession.
For challenger and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, his reluctance towards legalization is proving to be a thorn in the side of some of the more progressive voters in his block. However, others argue that legalization is a thorny subject that could result in Biden losing more conservative voters in a race where their support is crucial.
Legal battles and federal laws create problems that persist to this day. Yet, despite the less than ideal circumstances, there is hope among numerous tribes that cannabis could provide some relief.
While both Canada and several U.S. states have vowed to create some sense of restorative justice to nonviolent marijuana offenders, few individuals have had their rights and records restored at this point.