With a Senate bill to legalize marijuana federally expected to be introduced shortly, a key subcommittee chaired by one of the measure’s main sponsors has scheduled a hearing next week on marijuana reform. cannabis and the harms of criminalization.
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, chaired by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), will convene July 26 for a meeting titled “Decriminalizing Cannabis Federally: Steps Needed to Address Past Wrongs.” “.
While details are limited, it’s safe to assume senators on the panel will discuss long-awaited legislation from Booker, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), whose Senate sources recently said Marijuana Moment could be filed this week.
This bill – the Cannabis Administration & Opportunity Act (CAOA) – was released as a draft just over a year ago. Advocates and stakeholders eagerly awaited its introduction, and the filing schedule was repeatedly pushed back as sponsors worked across the aisle to solicit feedback and build buy-in, but Schumer made a ‘promise’ that it would fall before the August holidays.
Now, with a key sponsor-led sub-committee planning a
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