Booker’s marijuana debate slam on Biden; Air Force bans CBD; GOP senator says he tried CBD but it didn’t work
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The House Judiciary Committee, in a historic vote, approved a bill to deschedule cannabis and fund programs to begin repairing the damage of the war on drugs.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) attacked former Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) opposition to marijuana legalization during a Democratic presidential debate, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) pledged to end the broader war on drugs.
The U.S. Air Force issued a notice banning service members from using CBD products, regardless of their federal legality.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) revealed during a Senate hearing that he has tried CBD to treat knee pain at his wife’s urging—though he says it didn’t work for him—and the follicly challenged lawmaker joked about the cannabis compound’s hair regrowth potential. Also, he and another senator asked Stephen Hahn, the nominee for Food and Drug Administration commissioner, about regulating cannabidiol.
Marijuana Policy Project Executive Director Steve Hawkins wrote in an op-ed for Marijuana Moment that Joe Biden’s view on cannabis as a potential “gateway drug” are scientifically wrong and represent a political liability.
“It’s the criminalization of marijuana that’s the real gateway. Forcing marijuana consumers into the illicit market increases the probability that they will be exposed to other, far more dangerous drugs.”
The Department of Justice finally responded to Marijuana Moment’s Freedom of Information Act request for records about a March 3, 2017 phone call then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions held with Kevin Sabet of prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana, but the resulting documents don’t reveal much.
Former Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julian Castro, a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Legalize it. Expunge the records of the victims of the war on drugs.”
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “There are thousands of people labeled felons for life for selling marijuana, while people out there are making a