By Chloe Aiello
A key House subcommittee held a historic hearing on cannabis Wednesday, the first of its kind to tackle how best to reform cannabis laws in the U.S., rather than whether to legalize or decriminalize at all.
“There is a growing consensus in this country that the current marijuana laws in this nation are not appropriate and we must consider reform. Today’s hearing is a first step in that process,” said Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chairwoman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
The hearing comes at a crucial time for the cannabis industry. The tide of public opinion has significantly shifted in favor of cannabis legalization and states have responded to the push. Last October, the Pew Research Center reported about 62 percent of Americans supported legalization.
Following the passage of Illinois’ adult-use bill in May, 11 states and D.C. now permit recreational