Texas Congressman Compares ‘In It To Make Money’ Cannabis Industry to Slavery; Alabama Mayor Takes Issue

Texas Congressman Compares ‘In It To Make Money’ Cannabis Industry to Slavery; Alabama Mayor Takes Issue
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<![CDATA[“Mr. chairman, just briefly before I answer the congresswoman’s question—words matter—and while I’m on record, I just would like to say to you directly, and your committee members, that putting cannabis and slavery in the same category is patently offensive and flagrant. So, I wanted to state that.” – Birmingham, Ala., Mayor Randall WoodfinThe U.S. House’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee on Nov. 15 hosted a rare opportunity in the political and cannabis reform realms: a bipartisan congressional hearing calling for an end to federal prohibition. With subcommittee Chair Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Ranking Member Nancy Mace, R-S.C., working across the aisle for a common cause—to reverse course from a plant’s listing on the Controlled Substances Act for more than half a century—the legislative body welcomed seven expert witnesses to help shed light on the effects of criminalization, incarceration and discrimination, among other consequences of the federal government’s refusal to recognize the medicinal values and recreational purposes of cannabis.“Descheduling is necessary in order to close the growing and untenable divide between state and federal cannabis laws,” said Paul Armentano, executive director at NORML, one of the witnesses who has worked professionally on cannabis policy reform for nearly 30 years. RELATED: Witnesses Stress Need For Cannabis Descheduling, Uniform Regulation at US House Hearing on Federal ReformVarious subcommittee members used their time to ask the witnesses about myriad issues in state-legal markets, such as barriers to entry, why equity provisions are important, why banks are reluctant to take on cannabis clients, how veterans currently get their cannabis, packaging and marketing standards, and so on, and how conflicting federal law has fallen behind. Other legislators used their time to make personal statements without exchanging thoughts with the seven witnesses. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, made a generalized statement about all drugs to support…

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