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Lawmakers to Hear Testimony Tomorrow Challenging Marijuana prohibition

July 9, 2019

Lawmakers to Hear Testimony Tomorrow Challenging Marijuana prohibition

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security is expected to meet on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 at 10:00 am and to hear expert testimony that focuses on highlighting the flaws in the existing policy of cannabis prohibition in the US. This is probably the first time in a generation that there will be a candid conversation in the Senate regarding this burning issue. The committee will discuss alternative policy options - this will also include declassifying cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance under the federal law. The title given to this hearing is "Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform".

It is a clear indication of the growing support in Congress regarding the need to make changes in the existing marijuana prohibition policies at the federal level. The hearing is also a reflection of the fact that a vast majority of Americans (over 60%) are of the opinion that there is now a need to legalized cannabis and the federal government should not interfere in states that have already legalized it.

A Joint Statement of Principals was also released today by many of the leading national criminal and public policy reform groups including the Drug Policy Alliance, NORML, the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, the Center for Law and Social Policy, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Immigrants Legal Resource Center, the Center for American Progress, Human Rights Watch, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. The Joint Statement highlighted the need for a legislative path forward.

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