Seven months into the session, there have already been seven hearings on cannabis, a marijuana banking bill passed a key committee and the full House adopted a far-reaching amendment to block federal interference in state legalization laws. And those are just the highlights.
«Congress has never moved this far, this fast on marijuana policy, period,» NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said in an interview.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who has worked for decades to end marijuana prohibition, said that those «long overdue efforts to reform our outdated cannabis laws are finally resonating in Congress.»
«Bills to address policy failures in cannabis banking, veterans access, decriminalization and restorative justice have started moving through the legislative process,» he said.
Here’s a comprehensive rundown of the immense amount of cannabis progress made on Capitol Hill in 2019: