Federal Marijuana Hearing Victim of Government Shutdown

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Published a day prior to the legislative temper tantrum:

Politico:

One of the first victims of a government shutdown may be a congressional hearing on marijuana laws.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Government Operations is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday on the White House’s drug control policy “in the wake of the DOJ’s decision not to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized it,” the panel said in a statement. “This hearing will also explore the effects of legalization, including the social costs of increased marijuana use.”

But if there’s no agreement on a federal budget, the hearing will be postponed, the committee said.

Oh, and marijuana isn’t legal while the feds are doing their thing, (although I think maybe a little weed might help on Capitol Hill).

 

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  • BuzzCoastin

    “This hearing will also explore the effects of legalization, including the social costs of increased marijuana use.”

    not surprising
    but it would be kewl if THEY looked at the social consequences of
    making a plant illegal

  • DeepCough

    Okay, it’s definitely a conspiracy now!

  • mindofsound

    Why would they automatically frame the discussion as “social costs of increased MJ use”? How about social benefits? I.e., less alcohol consumption, less violence, more creativity, less anxiety, and on and on… Or how about discussing the economic benefits of increased use, like a new bustling American super-industry? On the other hand, why assume that usage would increase? Removing the legal taboo of MJ could well make it less of a constant status symbol for rebellious youths.