Congress Talks Pot with DEA, FDA & NIDA

Congress Talks Pot with DEA, FDA & NIDA

This morning, on Jan. 15, the House Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing covering six different marijuana-related pieces of legislation currently on Capitol Hill. The hearing, titled “Cannabis Policies for the New Decade,” featured a panel of speakers who testified before the House of Representatives committee about the federal government’s potential to study, allow, and regulate the use of cannabis. It was the committee’s first-ever hearing on cannabis, despite it being the oldest committee in Congress. “After years of working to advance cannabis reform in Congress, this critical hearing is an important milestone where another major congressional committee focused time and attention on our movement,” said Cannabis Caucus Co-Chair Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, in a statement. “It was important to hear a number of senior members of Congress affirming the change that is taking place at the state level and affirming the contradictions that are created by the federal government being out of step and out of touch. It’s past time for Congress to catch up with the American people.” The panel included Matthew J. Strait, senior policy advisor in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Diversion Control Division, which is focused…

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