Cannabis Caucus member Rep. Dave Joyce (R-Oh.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) capped off a busy week in Washington by releasing a bill that would incentivize states to expunge the criminal records of tens of millions of Americans who have been convicted of marijuana offenses.
- Joyce, a former prosecutor and public defender, said he has “seen first-hand how cannabis law violations can foreclose a lifetime of opportunities.”
Elsewhere in D.C.:
- Banking, labor and insurance interests called on Congress to pass banking reform with the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act. Read the letter.
- Following Rep. Nancy Mace’s (R-S.C.) legalization bill, Chris Roberts asks if Republicans are now better than Democrats on legalization.
- The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is partnering with industry group U.S. Cannabis Council on an internship program for future cannabis leaders.
In a thought provoking piece, Leafly editor Bruce Barcott asks if it’s time to regulate alcohol like marijuana.