Formerly Anti-Marijuana Congressman Announces Hearing Focused On Harms Of Prohibition

Formerly Anti-Marijuana Congressman Announces Hearing Focused On Harms Of Prohibition

A congressman who formerly opposed marijuana reform said at a congressional hearing on Wednesday that he’s secured a follow-up meeting so that the voices of individuals most impacted by prohibition are represented in the debate on legalization. In his opening remarks at the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing, which is focused on six pieces of cannabis reform legislation, Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) said this “is a critical debate and it is long overdue.” “Federal prohibition has failed—from our criminal justice system to our healthcare system to our state and local governments that are forced to navigate an impossible landscape,” he said. “To that end, government officials and elected representatives and important witnesses bring an important perspective to this conversation.” That’s not enough, though, Kennedy said, referring to the fact that witnesses at Wednesday’s hearing consisted only of federal officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Food and Drug Administration and National Institute on Drug Abuse. “There are also critical stakeholders who are missing: those whose lives have been directly touched by our broken marijuana policies, people unjustly incarcerated, patients who rely on medical cannabis, researchers with expertise who are yearning to learn more, small business owners trying…

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