With a Senate bill to federally legalize marijuana expected to be introduced imminently, a key subcommittee chaired by one of the measure’s prime sponsors has scheduled a hearing for next week on cannabis reform and the harms of criminalization.
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, chaired by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), will meet on July 26 for a meeting titled “Decriminalizing Cannabis at the Federal Level: Necessary Steps to Address Past Harms.”
While details are limited, it’s reasonable to assume that senators on the panel will be discussing long-awaited legislation from Booker, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), which Senate sources recently told Marijuana Moment could be filed as early as this week.
That bill—the Cannabis Administration & Opportunity Act (CAOA)—was released in draft form a little over a year ago. Advocates and stakeholders have been eagerly awaiting its introduction, and the timeline for the filing has been repeatedly pushed back as the sponsors have worked across the aisle to solicit feedback and build buy-in, but Schumer has made a “promise” that it would drop before the August recess.