McGovern: I’ll let House debate marijuana reform
Boston Globe, November 9, 2018
Tags: Human Rights
For years, the US House’s powerful Rules Committee has been the place proposed marijuana laws go to die.
Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican, made sure of that. Since becoming chairman of the committee in 2013, and despite strong public support for reforming marijuana laws, he has stopped dozens of cannabis-related amendments and bills from reaching the House floor — including at least 34 since January 2017, according to one analysis.
Among the bills blocked by Sessions were proposals that would have allowed state-legal marijuana firms to access banking services, bolstered protections against federal prosecution for medical marijuana patients and workers, and prevented the VA from discriminating against veterans who consume cannabis for medical reasons.
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