Congressional Subcommittee Schedules Hearing for Federal Marijuana Law Reform

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Congressional Subcommittee Schedules Hearing for Federal Marijuana Law Reform

Post by AzLaker » Thu 4th Jul 2019 03:36 pm

July 3, 2019 By A.J. Herrington

The hearing has been dubbed “Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform”.

A congressional subcommittee has scheduled a hearing for next week to explore reforming federal marijuana laws. The hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building at the nation’s Capitol on Wednesday, July 10.

The hearing, dubbed “Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform,” will discuss potential pathways to a major overhaul of federal cannabis law. Justin Strekal, political director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said that the hearing is a milestone in American cannabis policy.

“For the first time in recent memory, there will be a candid conversation in the Judiciary Committee about the failures of marijuana prohibition in the United States and how people have been impacted,” said Strekal. “We look forward to working with the subcommittee to best inform the conversation in committee next week and the public at large on the implications of how Congress should move forward.”

Witnesses Ready to Testify
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York, has been a proponent of the reform of marijuana laws since he served in the Empire State’s legislature. On Tuesday, Nadler sent a letter to Neal Levine, the CEO of industry group the Cannabis Trade Federation, informing him that he had been invited to appear at the hearing at the request of members of the Republican minority.


“It is an honor to be invited to represent the cannabis industry at this historic hearing,” Levine said in a press release. “I intend to use this opportunity to educate members of the committee about the challenges associated with having inconsistent federal and state cannabis laws. This inconsistency creates an unfair and inequitable situation for those working in, supplying, or desiring to be a part of the emerging cannabis industry. I am confident that the combined testimony of the witnesses will make a strong and compelling case for ending cannabis prohibition at the federal level.”

Other witnesses scheduled to appear at the hearing include States Attorney Marilyn Mosby of Baltimore, Dr. Malik Burnett of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Dr. David Nathan of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, all of whom were invited to testify by the committee’s Democratic caucus.

The full Judiciary Committee is expected to consider legislation to reform federal cannabis policy later this year, although it is not yet known if they will be acting on existing bills or creating new proposals. Several pieces of marijuana reform legislation are currently pending in Congress, including the Marijuana Justice Act from Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, a bill to allow cannabis businesses access to the U.S. banking industry, and a package of proposals from Oregon Democrats Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer known as the Path to Marijuana Reform.


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Re: Congressional Subcommittee Schedules Hearing for Federal Marijuana Law Reform

Post by cantona7 » Wed 10th Jul 2019 12:38 am

hope it goes through! one of the things that needs to be worked on is forbidding employers from drug testing for cannabis during the job interview process. I can understand it if you are driving trucks, flying aircraft or operating heavy machinery..but when you live in a legal state and are tested pre employment for thc ..for a janitorial job...its absurd imo.
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