Congressional Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Marijuana Legalization In Committee

“Cannabis must be decriminalized at the federal level as a matter of basic justice”

Congressional lawmakers held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss federal marijuana legalization and state cannabis developments, hearing testimony from a panel of broadly pro-reform advocates.

The House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties first announced the meeting—titled “Developments in State Cannabis Laws and Bipartisan Cannabis Reforms at the Federal Level”—last week, and staff for the panel’s Democrats and Republicans issued a joint memo on Sunday that laid out aspects of the issue to frame the discussion.

Chairman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Ranking Member Nancy Mace (R-SC) both support legalization, as do the invited witnesses, and the conversation during the hearing largely reflected that position—with the exception of a handful of other GOP members who chimed in to express prohibitionist views.

“Cannabis must be decriminalized at the federal level as a matter of basic justice in the country and, I would say, to vindicate the anti-prohibition principle that’s in our Constitution,” Raskin said in his opening remarks.

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