Racial Justice and the Need for Reform’

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will hold a hearing next Wednesday, July 10, on “Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform.”

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141.

It will be the first congressional hearing in history to examine cannabis in the context of ending prohibition. While the hearing is not expected to focus on specific legislation, it is believed it will set the stage for legislative markups by the full House Judiciary Committee at a later date.

Cannabis Trade Federation CEO Neal Levine received a letter from House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Tuesday afternoon inviting him to testify as the minority witness. Mr. Levine’s appearance and testimony were requested by the Committee’s minority.

“It is an honor to be invited to represent the cannabis industry at this historic hearing,” Levine said. “I intend to use this opportunity to educate members of the committee about the challenges associated with having inconsistent federal and state cannabis laws. This inconsistency creates an unfair and inequitable situation for those working in, supplying, or desiring to be a part of the emerging cannabis industry. I am confident that the combined testimony of the witnesses will make a strong and compelling case for ending cannabis prohibition at the federal level.”

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