Congress to Meet to Discuss Cannabis Legalization

The House Judiciary Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing next week to discuss cannabis policy reform.

Another step toward cannabis legalization and decriminalization in the United States will be taken on Wednesday, July 10. Not only is it the official launch of Confidence in Cannabiz, but the House subcommittee, which falls under the House Judiciary Committee, is scheduled to meet at 10:00AM ET for a hearing titled Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform.

As we learned from Marijuana Moment, Congress intends to call upon several witnesses to testify before them. These witnesses include Dr. Malik Burnett, former Washington, D.C. policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs, Marilyn Mosby, Esq., State's Attorney for Baltimore, Dr. David Nathan, president of the pro-legalization group Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR), and Mr. Neal Levine, CEO of the Cannabis Trade Federation.

As Marijuana Moment points out, they have not called on one witness who opposes cannabis legalization. Thus, the committee's focus appears to be on how to legalize cannabis, as opposed to whether or not they should.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), whose most recent attempt at cannabis reform was derailed by the VA, is excited to continue discussing the issue in the hopes of passing his legislation somewhere in the near future. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is supposedly drafting his own bill that would end federal cannabis prohibition.

Along with the House Judiciary Committee, the Financial Services and Small Businesses Committee proposed a bi-partisan bill in March that would allow protection for banks and other financial institutions that serve clients in the cannabis industry. This bill already cleared the House Financial Services Committee and could appear on the House floor for a full vote very soon.

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