Watch Live: Congressional Committee Holds Hearing On Six Marijuana Bills

Watch Live: Congressional Committee Holds Hearing On Six Marijuana Bills

A key committee is holding a hearing on six pieces of marijuana reform legislation—including two bills to federally legalize cannabis—on Wednesday. The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will discuss the measures, which also include several proposals aimed at promoting research into cannabis. But while advocates view the development as a positive step, there are some concerns about the fact that only officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) were invited to testify. In any case, movement on legalization bills such as Judiciary Chairman Jerrod Nadler’s (D-NY) Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act is regarded as a welcome follow up to his panel’s vote in favor of the legislation last year. Legalization advocates might not be at the witness table at this meeting, but there’s optimism about reform’s prospects to advance regardless. “While state laws and public perception around cannabis and its derivatives have evolved over the years, much of the federal framework that regulates cannabis has stayed the same,” Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said in his opening statement as prepared for delivery. Watch the hearing, titled “Cannabis Policy For the New Decade,”…

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