Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Editor: Douglas A. Berman
Moritz College of Law

Monday, September 9, 2013

What questions should be central to Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on "Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws"?

Though perhaps overshadowed by foreign policy issues these days, on Tuesday September 10, 2013 at 2:30pm, as detailed at this official webpage, there will be Hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on “Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws.”  Here is the official agenda/hearing list:

Panel I

  • The Honorable James Cole, Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Panel II

  • The Honorable John Urquhart, Sheriff, King County [Washington] Sheriff’s Office
  • Jack Finlaw, Chief Legal Counsel Office of [Colorado] Governor John W. Hickenlooper
  • Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., Co-founder and Director, Project SAM Director, Drug Policy Institute, University of Florida

I am expecting and hoping that there will be written testimony from some or all of these witnesses posted via the Senate website within the next 24 hours, and I am planning to watch the webcast of the hearing (and perhaps even live-blog some of it here at Marijuana Law, Policy and Reform). 

Here at The Weed Blog one can see a whole bunch of very hard questions that might be asked of DAG James Cole concerning federal policies and practices, which were set forth in a letter sent by the pro-reform group California NORML to Senator Dianne Feinstein.  I doubt many of these questions will be asked verbatim, but they provide an effective pro-reform perspective on various ways in which state and federal marijuana laws, policies and practices operate at cross-purposes.

As the title of this post suggests, I am eager for readers of this blog to indicate what kinds of questions they might be most eager to see addressed in tomorrow's scheduled Senate hearing.

Cross-posted at Sentencing Law & Policy

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