- The Washington Times - Friday, April 19, 2019

The second annual National Cannabis Policy Summit is underway Friday at the Newseum in the nation’s capital, featuring the field’s business leaders and activists, plus some vigorous support from Democratic lawmakers, and coverage on C-SPAN.

Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland gave the keynote address — with “video support” messages from fellow Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley and Jacky Rosen, as well as Reps. Charlie Crist, Barbara Lee and Lou Correa.

“The good news is there’s a cross party coalition on the issue of marijuana prohibition,” Mr. Raskin told the audience, citing the interest of “libertarian Republicans” in the matter, particularly in medical use of marijuana.

Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist, pollster Celinda Lake, plus multiple journalists from The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Reason, Politico and other news organizations are also appearing at the daylong event.

The agenda includes everything from environmental concerns among those who grow “the new cash crop” to media coverage of the emerging legal or medicinal cannabis marketplace. An onstage discussion on the subject was titled “Fake news: The role and responsibilities of journalists in reversing the narrative of the war on drugs.”

An adults-only National Cannabis Festival follows on Saturday at a stadium in the eastern part of the city, with a $50 ticket price.

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