The stage is set for another “productive year” in federal marijuana reform—with lawmakers positioned to leverage “tremendous bipartisan investments” from 2023, while pushing the Biden administration to move further on the issue ahead of this year’s election.
That’s according to the latest yearly marijuana memo from Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), a founding co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus who is also marking the 50-year anniversary of his legislative marijuana advocacy work.
The memo details various achievements from the first half of the 118th Congress, including multiple bipartisan cannabis bills and letters, progress on the administrative review into marijuana scheduling and more. It also presents an overview of legislative priorities for 2024, as well as a call-to-action for President Joe Biden to lean more strongly into cannabis reform in the year ahead.
“This was a year for the books, and cannabis reform has been no exception,” Blumenauer, who is retiring at the end of this Congress, said. “Despite challenges in Congress, there are significant steps forward to celebrate as we reflect on the path forward.”
He pointed to the Senate Banking Committee’s passage of a bipartisan marijuana banking bill, the adoption of amendments to appropriations legislation to promote veterans access to medical cannabis and House committee approval of a measure to prevent security clearance denials based on past marijuana use as examples of 2023…