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SXSW Sessions

Apr 19, 2021

In this session, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, joins POLITICO Cannabis Reporter Natalie Fertig to discuss the path forward for legalizing cannabis. Rep. Blumenauer has led the effort in the House to pass the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act to end the federal prohibition of cannabis and ensure restorative justice for those impacted by it. The historic 2020 vote marked the first time a full chamber of Congress voted to end this prohibition. Now, with a new presidential administration and Senate majority, along with cannabis momentum across the country, Blumenauer and Fertig discuss the renewed outlook for federal legalization. They also explore the changing cannabis policy landscape as more states incorporate regulatory frameworks and restorative justice policies for communities most impacted by the war on drugs.