During witness testimony during a U.S. House hearing Nov. 15, cannabis advocates shared that a wide majority of Americans support cannabis legalization of some form.
Of U.S. adults, 60% support medical and recreational use, while 31% support medical use only and 8% believe cannabis should not be legal, according to a 2021 Pew Research Center survey. And a Gallup Poll conducted in October and released Nov. 15 shows 68% of Americans favor legalization.
These are statistics that wide swaths of the U.S. Congress have flouted when it comes to reforming cannabis laws so patients, consumers and industry members can move past a storied history of criminalization, incarceration, discrimination, banking and employment issues and more.
The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held the hearing Nov. 15 titled, “Developments in State Cannabis Laws and Bipartisan Cannabis Reforms at the Federal Level.”
Witness testimonies came from Amber Littlejohn, senior policy adviser for the Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce (GACC); Randall Woodfin, mayor of Birmingham, Ala.; Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML); Andrew Freedman, executive director of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR); Eric Goepel, founder and