Watch Live: Senators Discuss Marijuana Reform At Historic Hearing Following Legalization Bill Introduction

Watch Live: Senators Discuss Marijuana Reform At Historic Hearing Following Legalization Bill Introduction
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Senators on a key Judiciary subcommittee are meeting on Tuesday to discuss marijuana reform, a first-of-its-kind meeting in the chamber. Five witnesses are scheduled to testify before the panel, which is chaired by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Witnesses include former federal cannabis prisoner Weldon Angelos and marijuana alarmist Alex Berenson. Given the wide range of perspectives of the witnesses and subcommittee members, the conversations are expected to run the gamut. But it’s likely that a newly filed cannabis legalization bill sponsored by Booker, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) will be a centerpiece of the hearing. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism first posted a notice of the hearing last week, just days before the three sponsors released the long-awaited Cannabis Administration & Opportunity Act (CAOA). Watch the hearing—titled “Decriminalizing Cannabis at the Federal Level: Necessary Steps to Address Past Harms”—in the video below:

Angelos previewed his prepared testimony in an op-ed for Marijuana Moment that was published on Monday. He described his experience being convicted over a federal cannabis convictions and serving 13 years in prison before receiving a presidential pardon under the Trump administration in 2020. And he argued that there’s an immediate need for congressional action to right the wrongs of prohibition. But while the substance of Angelos’s testimony speaks clearly to the hearing topic at hand, advocates are frustrated with the Republican minority’s decision to select Berenson as a witness given his history of playing the contrarian and stirring controversy with questionable claims about issues like cannabis and COVID. Berenson, who authored a 2019 book that attempts to link marijuana use to psychosis and violent crime, gave little indication ahead of the hearing that he intended to temper his rhetoric before the panel. The…

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