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Federal Prosecutor Says Marijuana Legalization Will 'bring Down Our Society'

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A leading marijuana reform advocate in the House and architect of a congressional blueprint to end federal cannabis prohibition is amped up about Wednesday’s hearing on a slew of cannabis bills in a key committee.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview on Tuesday that while he’s not especially enthused about the list of witnesses invited to testify at the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health meeting—which will involve discussions on six cannabis bills—the development itself is a positive sign that interest in reforming federal marijuana policy is widespread and growing.

Members of the panel will take up two pieces of legislation to federally legalize cannabis and several others aimed at promoting research into the plant’s effects. This comes months after the Judiciary Committee held a historic vote approving Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s (D-NY) Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which would deschedule marijuana and includes various social equity provisions.

Blumenauer shared insights into the process moving forward and weighed in on the political dynamics at play as the panel prepares to take up the issue of comprehensive cannabis reform. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.

Marijuana Moment: Can I start by getting your overall reaction to the hearing? Are you encouraged by the development, and what are you expecting?

Source: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/federal-prosecutor-says-marijuana-legalization-will-bring-down-our-society/

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