Congress hears testimony on ending fed’l marijuana ban
Members of the U.S. Home Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Safety heard knowledgeable testimony difficult the federal authorities’s coverage of cannabis prohibition. The listening to, entitled “Marijuana Legal guidelines in America: Racial Justice and the Want for Reform,” debated the deserves of assorted various coverage choices – together with abolishing cannabis’ longstanding Schedule I prison standing below federal legislation.
The listening to marked the primary time in many years that members have entertained debate relating to the necessity to finish the federal criminalization of cannabis and to de-schedule the plant from the Managed Substances Act. Archived video of the proceedings is right here:
Witnesses testifying at yesterday’s listening to had been Dr. David Nathan of the group Docs for Hashish Regulation, Marilyn Mosby, State’s Legal professional for Baltimore Metropolis, Dr. G. Malik Burnett (previously of the Drug Coverage Alliance), and Neal Levine, Chief Govt Officer of the Hashish Commerce Federation.
Their written testimony is obtainable on-line.
Members of Congress in attendance on the listening to included: Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Ben Cline (R-VA), Stephen Cohen (D-TN), Doug Collins (R-GA), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Hakeem Jefferies (D-NY), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Lucy McBath (D-GA), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), and Greg Stube (R-FL). A number of members, together with Reps. Cohen and Lieu, concurred with witnesses’ testimony that Congress ought to fully take away the cannabis plant from the federal Managed Substances Act.
A coalition of social advocacy teams – together with NORML, the ACLU, The Management Convention on Civil and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, The Immigrants Authorized Useful resource Heart, the Heart for Regulation and Social Coverage, the Drug Coverage Alliance, the Legal professionals’ Committee for Civil Rights Underneath Regulation, College students for Smart Drug Coverage and the Heart for American Progress – launched a joint Assertion of Rules to coincide with the listening to. The Rules, which had been entered into the document, spotlight legislative priorities and supply Congress with a roadmap for ending America’s ongoing coverage of cannabis criminalization.
Commenting on the listening to, NORML Political Director Justin Strekal stated: “For the primary time in a era, members of Congress engaged in a candid dialog that acknowledged the failures of marijuana prohibition in america, how this coverage has adversely impacted tens of tens of millions of People, and the way it should be reformed on the federal stage.”
He added: “The continued classification below federal legislation of cannabis as a Schedule I managed substance – a categorization that treats it in the identical method as heroin – is intellectually dishonest and has been scientifically debunked. It’s excessive time that Congress tackle this Flat Earth coverage and transfer ahead with a plan that appropriately displays marijuana’s quickly altering cultural standing in America.
Hashish use related to decrease danger of liver illness
SANTANDER, Spain — Topics with a historical past of cannabis use are much less doubtless than abstainers to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver illness (NAFLD), in response to longitudinal information printed within the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Organic Psychiatry.
A staff of Spanish investigators assessed the connection between cannabis use and liver steatosis over a three-year interval. They decided that these topics “who reported persevering with cannabis use had been at decrease danger for creating NAFLD.”
They concluded: “Our outcomes counsel that utilizing cannabis may have a protecting impact on liver steatosis. The helpful impact of cannabis on the stage of the event of steatosis appears to be secondary to its modulation impact on weight acquire and the diminished growth of weight problems. … These outcomes are according to earlier research within the normal inhabitants, during which cannabis confirmed considerably decrease NAFLD prevalence in comparison with non-users.”
Delaware to broaden expungement eligibility
DOVER, Del — Democratic Gov. John Carney has signed laws into legislation allowing these with a broad vary of non-violent misdemeanors to petition the state to have their prison information expunged.
Senate Invoice 37, which takes impact on December 27, 2019, permits these with prison information for sure non-violent misdemeanor offenses to petition the State Bureau of Identification to have their historical past both sealed or expunged. The acknowledged intent of the brand new legislation is to “shield individuals from [the] unwarranted injury which can happen when the existence of a prison historical past continues indefinitely.” Separate laws signed into legislation final 12 months already supplies “necessary expungement eligibility to people who had been convicted of the possession [of one ounce or less], use or consumption of marijuana previous to Delaware’s decriminalization of those offenses.”
State lawmakers in 2015 enacted laws decreasing the possession of as much as one ounce of cannabis from a prison act to a civil violation punishable by a $100 high quality solely – no arrest, and no prison document.
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