For the first time, Congress debated the racial justice case for legalization. The overall argument was legalization can help reduce some of the injustices on the war on drugs. But much of the debate centered on how to legalize.
- Witnesses included an industry advocate called for passage of the STATES Act, which would protect state-legal businesses.
- Another witness, Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s reformist prosecutor, opposes the STATES Act because it does not include any equity measures.
Marijuana Moment reports the debate on “how, not whether,” to legalize is setting the tone in Congress. Additionally it notes the House Veterans Affairs committee held a closed door meeting on MED research.