Speaker Profile

Rep. Earl Blumenauer

For more than 40 years, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) has fought for the reform of America’s outdated cannabis laws—becoming one of America’s leading voices in modernizing federal cannabis policies and ending the failed War on Drugs. As an Oregon state legislator, Blumenauer supported the Oregon Decriminalization Bill of 1973, which abolished criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of cannabis. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, he has championed several legislative efforts to protect medical cannabis patients, allow the federal government to tax and regulate cannabis, and normalize taxes and banking for state-legal cannabis businesses. In February 2017, Blumenauer launched the bipartisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus, which he co-chairs with Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

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