MJBizMag March 2021 - 10

FiveQuestions | with U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Marijuana Competing for Attention
Longtime congressman and cannabis advocate calls 2021-23
'the most consequential session of Congress in a century'
By John Schroyer
C
ongressman Earl Blumenauer
has been the tip of the spear
for decades when it comes to
marijuana reform in the U.S. House
of Representatives. But he's never
been as optimistic as he is this year
about the possibility that significant
marijuana reform might pass
through Congress.
" I came out of the last session
of Congress feeling better than
I've ever felt. It's coming together, "
Blumenauer said. " If we do our
job right, I think the prospects of
success are very high. "
Still, Blumenauer's optimism is
tempered. The longtime Oregon
Democrat-who was first elected
to the House 25 years ago-told
Marijuana Business Magazine in mid-February that federal
legalization is not a given, despite all the hopes industry
insiders might have for the Democrat-led Congress and
White House.
Here are excerpts from the interview Blumenauer gave to
Marijuana Business Magazine.
Since Democrats took control of the White House
and both chambers of Congress, will this be
the year Congress gets a significant marijuana
reform bill to the president's desk?
Certainly, we're in the strongest position that we've been in
ever. You saw what happened in the House last Congress:
We passed the SAFE Banking Act overwhelmingly. We had
bipartisan research legislation that was enacted. And,
of course, the MORE Act-kind of the gold standard of
reform that included restorative justice. All of those were
bipartisan victories.
We are in a situation now where there is an opportunity
to move forward. It's not going to be easy. And there
are huge competing interests: We're dealing with this
pandemic, we're dealing with the near-collapse of the
economy, the things that took place with the riot on Capitol
Hill. You just go through the list, and it is daunting.
10 Marijuana Business Magazine | March 2021
But ... the MORE Act has been
championed now by (Sens.)
Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Cory
Booker, D-NJ, and Ron Wyden,
D-OR-three of the most influential
and committed people dealing with
reform. There were six states this
past year that passed interesting
drug reform legislation.
So, you've got momentum around
the country, you've got leadership
in the Senate that is strongly
supportive of this. And we have
demonstrated in the House that
there's bipartisan support. I like
our chances.
Do you know what might be in
the comprehensive cannabis
reform bill that Sens. Schumer, Booker and
Wyden are working on?
I defer to my Senate friends. We are in consultation
with them.
Also, (Kamala Harris), the person who was our lead with
the MORE Act last Congress, is now vice president of the
United States. So that doesn't hurt.
I had some good conversations with Senate friends in
the last couple of weeks ... and we want to be supportive of
their efforts. The outside advocates are consolidating and
organizing along with the Senate leadership.
What can improve the odds of cannabis
legislation passing in Congress this year or next?
I think this is an area where people need to weigh in.
The advocates, who are so passionate about this, along
with those of us who have been fighting for this in
Congress, have an opportunity. This is something that
can happen.
There are competing priorities in terms of criminal justice
reform. This has been an area where, at times, people have
been unduly timid. We know that this is broadly supported
by the American public. And what we have seen around
the country (is that) people have stepped up and been

MJBizMag March 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MJBizMag March 2021

MJBizMag March 2021 - 1
MJBizMag March 2021 - 2
MJBizMag March 2021 - 3
MJBizMag March 2021 - 4
MJBizMag March 2021 - 5
MJBizMag March 2021 - 6
MJBizMag March 2021 - 7
MJBizMag March 2021 - 8
MJBizMag March 2021 - 9
MJBizMag March 2021 - 10
MJBizMag March 2021 - 11
MJBizMag March 2021 - 12
MJBizMag March 2021 - 13
MJBizMag March 2021 - 14
MJBizMag March 2021 - 15
MJBizMag March 2021 - 16
MJBizMag March 2021 - 17
MJBizMag March 2021 - 18
MJBizMag March 2021 - 19
MJBizMag March 2021 - 20
MJBizMag March 2021 - 21
MJBizMag March 2021 - 22
MJBizMag March 2021 - 23
MJBizMag March 2021 - 24
MJBizMag March 2021 - 25
MJBizMag March 2021 - 26
MJBizMag March 2021 - 27
MJBizMag March 2021 - 28
MJBizMag March 2021 - 29
MJBizMag March 2021 - 30
MJBizMag March 2021 - 31
MJBizMag March 2021 - 32
MJBizMag March 2021 - 33
MJBizMag March 2021 - 34
MJBizMag March 2021 - 35
MJBizMag March 2021 - 36
MJBizMag March 2021 - 37
MJBizMag March 2021 - 38
MJBizMag March 2021 - 39
MJBizMag March 2021 - 40
MJBizMag March 2021 - 41
MJBizMag March 2021 - 42
MJBizMag March 2021 - 43
MJBizMag March 2021 - 44
MJBizMag March 2021 - 45
MJBizMag March 2021 - 46
MJBizMag March 2021 - 47
MJBizMag March 2021 - 48
MJBizMag March 2021 - 49
MJBizMag March 2021 - 50
MJBizMag March 2021 - 51
MJBizMag March 2021 - 52
MJBizMag March 2021 - 53
MJBizMag March 2021 - 54
MJBizMag March 2021 - 55
MJBizMag March 2021 - 56
MJBizMag March 2021 - 57
MJBizMag March 2021 - 58
MJBizMag March 2021 - 59
MJBizMag March 2021 - 60
MJBizMag March 2021 - 61
MJBizMag March 2021 - 62
MJBizMag March 2021 - 63
MJBizMag March 2021 - 64
MJBizMag March 2021 - 65
MJBizMag March 2021 - 66
MJBizMag March 2021 - 67
MJBizMag March 2021 - 68
MJBizMag March 2021 - 69
MJBizMag March 2021 - 70
MJBizMag March 2021 - 71
MJBizMag March 2021 - 72
MJBizMag March 2021 - 73
MJBizMag March 2021 - 74
MJBizMag March 2021 - 75
MJBizMag March 2021 - 76
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-february-2023
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-january-2023
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbiz-buyers-guide-lighting-23
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-november-december-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/202210
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbiz-buyers-guide-sustainability
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-march-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbiz-buyers-guide-cannabis-retail
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/202204
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-february-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbiz-buyers-guide-cannabis-security
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/202208
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-july-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/2022-buyers-guide-indoor-grow
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-may-june-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-packaging-automation-buyers-guide-january-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-november-december-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-october-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmagazine-september-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmagazine-september-2021-lighting-buyers-guide
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-august-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-july-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-may-june-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-april-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-march-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-february-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-january-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-january-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-november-december-2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-october-2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-september-2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-august-2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/MJBizMag/mjbizmag-july-2020
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com