House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Considers ‘Cannabis Policies for the New Decade’

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Considers ‘Cannabis Policies for the New Decade’

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health today held a legislative hearing, “Cannabis Policies for the New Decade,” during which they considered multiple legislative bills aimed at amending federal cannabis laws. This marks the first time that members of the Energy and Commerce Committee have debated issues specific to marijuana policy reform. However, during the three-hour hearing, members declined to explicitly discuss the merits of any specific cannabis measure before the committee. “At a time when nearly 70 percent of all Americans want to end our failed federal policy of blanket cannabis criminalization, it is unfortunate to see so many participants at this hearing advocating largely for business as usual,” said NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri. He continued: “The fact of the matter is that legalization and regulation work. Eleven states regulate the adult use of marijuana and 33 states provide for medical cannabis access. The time for federal policy to reflect this political and cultural reality is now, Congress should promptly approve the MORE Act and put the failed legacy of marijuana criminalization behind us.” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano expressed disappointment that Committee members failed to advance any of the bills before it, but was…

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