Congressional Committee to Hold Marijuana Legislative Hearing This Wednesday

Congressional Committee to Hold Marijuana Legislative Hearing This Wednesday

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…

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