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From left, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Rep. Don Young of Alaska, and Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado are founding a new Cannabis Caucus in Congress

Rohrabacher, Blumenauer, Young, Polis to Hold Thursday Press Conference

Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Don Young (AK-At Large), and Jared Polis (CO-02) on Thursday, February 16, will hold a press conference to discuss the role of the newly formed Cannabis Caucus and the future of cannabis policy.

The Cannabis Caucus is the first-ever organization of Congressional representatives formally joining forces with a simple mission: To keep marijuana legal in states where it’s been legalized for recreational and/or medicinal purposes, and to help the industry work better.

Increasingly, federal cannabis laws are out of touch with American voters. Following the November election, 95 percent of Americans now live in states or territories that permit, to varying degrees, legal access to medical marijuana and/or cannabis derivatives. Additionally, a fifth of all Americans now live in a state with legal access to the adult use of marijuana. It’s time for Congress to catch up.

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Congressman Adam Smith:
“I am deeply concerned, and we need Congress to do everything we can to protect states’ rights”
[Wikipedia]

Rohrabacher and Blumenauer first announced the Cannabis Caucus in December, and Seattle Congressman Adam Smith said he’s already in, reports Lester Black at The Stranger“I am deeply concerned, and we need Congress to do everything we can to try to protect states’ rights,” Smith said.

“I am concerned [about] Sessions in particular, given what he thinks,” Rep. Smith said. “There is certainly concern with what Sessions could do.”

Rep. Blumenauer said Congress critters from both sides of the aisle have expressed interested in joining the Caucus. “I don’t know if it’s 10 or 100, but I think there’s interest and it will grow throughout this Congress as there is more momentum and marijuana businesses and advocates continue to be more organized,” Blumenauer said.

Cannabis Caucus Livestream Available

WHAT: Cannabis Caucus co-chairs Rohrabacher, Blumenauer, Young, and Polis to hold a press conference to launch the Congressional Cannabis Caucus and to discuss the future of cannabis policy.

WHEN:Thursday, February 16, 2:00 p.m. (ET)

WHERE: HVC Studio B (Enter through HVC 117)
Capitol Visitor Center
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

NOTE: Livestream of the press conference will be available here.
(If that link has issues, you can also view the livestream here.)

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