Congressional Committee to Hold Marijuana Legislative Hearing This Wednesday

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by
Justin
Strekal,
NORML
Political
Director


January
13,
2020


This
Wednesday,
January
15th,
at
10
am
EST,
the
House
Energy
and
Commerce
Subcommittee
on
Health
will
hold
a
legislative
hearing
entitled
“Cannabis
Policies
for
the
New
Decade.”
This
marks
the
first
time
that
members
of
the
Energy
and
Commerce
Committee
will
hear
and
debate
issues
specific
to
marijuana
policy
reform. 


Now
more
than
ever,
congressional
action
is
required
to
end
the
failed
criminalization
of
marijuana
and
amend
federal
law
to
ensure
that
state-legal
cannabis
programs
can
operate
as
intended.


The
legislative
hearing
notice



states


that
six
bills
will
be
discussed,
including



HR
3884
,
the
MORE
Act,
which
recently
was



approved


in
the
House
Judiciary
Committee
by
a
bipartisan
vote
of
24-10
and



waived


by
the
House
Small
Business
Committee. 


Witnesses
will
be: 


Matthew
J.
Strait,


Senior
Policy
Advisor,
Diversion
Control
Division,
Drug
Enforcement
Administration
(DEA)


Douglas
Throckmorton,
M.D.,


Deputy
Director
for
Regulatory
Programs,
Center
for
Drug
Evaluation
and
Research,
Food
and
Drug
Administration
(FDA)


Nora
D.
Volkow,
M.D
.,
Director,
National
Institute
on
Drug
Abuse
National
Institutes
of
Health
(NIDA)


To
date,
33
states
and
the
District
of
Columbia
have
legalized
medical
marijuana
programs
and
11
states
and
the
District
have
legalized
the
responsible
use
of
marijuana
by
adults
21
and
over. 


It
is
our
hope
that
lawmakers
take
an
honest
assessment
of
the
federal
policy
changes
necessary
to
create
an
appropriate
federal
framework
for
these
state-wide
legalization
laws
to
flourish.
In
order
to
best
maintain
the
market
controls
that
a
majority
of
states
have
enacted
to
promote
public
health,
prevent
the
distribution
of
marijuana
to
minors,
ensure
safe
business
practices,
and
improve
public
safety,
cannabis
must
be
descheduled,
not
rescheduled,
from
the
Controlled
Substances
Act.
This
move
allows
states
the
authority
to
the
primary
regulators
of
state-level
cannabis
policies
without
having
to
look
over
their
shoulder
in
fear
of
the
threat
of
federal
intervention.


It
is
time
for
the
members
of
the
Energy
and
Commerce
Committee
to
take
action
to
advance
The
MORE
Act,
which
removes
the
cannabis
plant
from
the
federal
Controlled
Substances
Act
and
makes
other
substantive
changes.
For
example,
it
permits
physicians
affiliated
with
the
Veterans
Administration
to
make
medical
marijuana
recommendations
to
qualifying
veterans
who
reside
in
legal
states
and
it
incentivizes
states
to
move
ahead
with
expungement
policies
that
will
end
the
stigma
and
lost
opportunities
suffered
by
those
with
past,
low-level
cannabis
convictions.
If
approved,
the
MORE
Act
also
allows
the
Small
Business
Administration
to
support
entrepreneurs
and
businesses
as
they
seek
to
gain
a
foothold
in
this
emerging
industry.



You
can
contact
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
the
MORE
Act
in
less
than
30
seconds
by
clicking
here. 


More
information
on
the
hearing
can
be
found
at
the
subcommittee’s
website



here


Read
additional
information
about
the
MORE
Act



here


Please
contact
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
the
MORE
Act
with



NORMLs
Action
Center


or
by
calling
the
congressional
switchboard
at
(202)
224-3121.

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