Tuesday’s congressional hearings to discuss federal cannabis legalization included testimony from advocates such as Alabama Mayor Randall Woodfin, deputy director of NORML Paul Armentano and Eric Goepel, founder and CEO of Veterans Cannabis Coalition (VCC) and others.

The panel laid out three main issues up for discussion: a.) decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level, b.) reforms including criminal justice to include expungement of non-violent cannabis convictions and access to banking opportunities and c.) a federal government mandate to regulate cannabis like alcohol.

The House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which issued a joint memo laying out the discussion topics introduced chairman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Nancy Mace (R-SC). 

“Cannabis must be decriminalized at the federal level as a matter of basic justice in the country and, I would say, to vindicate the anti-prohibition principle that’s in our Constitution,” Raskin said in his opening remarks. “The war against marijuana has ruined so many lives in our country. We can do …

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