Sep 102013

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 10th at 2:30pm, the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT), will hold a hearing entitled “Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws”.  Senator Leahy has been calling for a sane approach to marijuana policy and hopes to shed light on the development of state-regulated marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington.

420RADIO will bring you live coverage of the hearing beginning at 2:00pm Eastern Time.  The Russ Belville Show is assembling a panel of experts to provide analysis and live commentary 0n the testimony presented to the Senate.  You can view the live coverage here at or on; live audio-only coverage is available through and the TuneIn app for your smartphone (more options available in the top panel at  Archives of our coverage will be available on video at YouTube and audio podcast at and iTunes.

Scheduled testimony at tomorrow’s hearing includes:

  • The Honorable James Cole - Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington DC
  • The Honorable John Urquhart - Sheriff, King County Sheriff’s Office, Seattle, WA
  • Jack Finlaw - Chief Legal Counsel, Office of Governor John W. Hickenlooper, Denver, CO
  • Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. - Co-founder and Director, Project SAM, Director, Drug Policy Institute, University of Florida, Cambridge, MA

Questioning the panelists will be the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Senator Leahy’s interest in reform is matched by the ranking member Senator Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) fervent support of continued marijuana prohibition.  No Senator from Colorado or Washington sits on this committee.  Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) headed the opposition to her state’s legalization attempt in 2010.  States that have legalized medical use are well-represented on the committee, but Senators Durbin (D-IL), Whitehouse (D-RI), Coons (D-DE), Blumenthal (D-CT), Flake (R-AZ), and Hirono (D-HI) have varying opinions on their state’s medical use law.  The remaining Seantors Schumer (D-NY), Hatch (R-UT), Sessions (R-AL), Graham (R-SC), Klobuchar (D-MN), Cornyn (R-TX), Franken (D-MN), Lee (R-UT), and Cruz (R-TX) should also provide a wide range of questioning.