Cannabis reform group CPEAR adds two former Congress members

Be at the forefront of cannabis and psychedelics science and innovation. Register by March 14 & Save $100 on tickets to The Emerald Conference by MJBiz Science, April 1-3 in San Diego.


Two former members of Congress signed on as co-chairs of a national cannabis reform group, further adding to the ranks of ex-lawmakers who are now advocating for federal marijuana legalization.

Democrat Tom Daschle, a former U.S. Senate majority leader, and Republican Greg Walden, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives who retired this year, are joining the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education and Regulation (CPEAR), according to a news release.

“I joined CPEAR because of their data-driven approach to cannabis legalization that provides a comprehensive regulatory framework that also recognizes the need to address the disparities caused by the War on Drugs,” Daschle said in the release.

“Congress needs to get this right the first time and end the patchwork system across the country.”

Walden added, “As former lawmakers, we appreciate the importance of finding realistic opportunities for cooperation and unified action.”

Daschle and Walden are hardly alone among former federal officials who have signed on with marijuana advocacy groups and businesses.

Are you a social equity cannabis license holder or applicant?

The MJBizCon team is now accepting 2023 Social Equity Scholarship Program applications.

The mission of this program is to provide social equity cannabis license holders or applicants access to the #1 global cannabis industry conference + tradeshow in Las Vegas.

Who can apply?

  • Students currently enrolled in a cannabis-related program at an accredited university or college.
  • Cannabis executives at licensed social equity cultivation, extraction/processing, retail, manufacturing/brand businesses (or awaiting application approval).

Don’t miss out on this potentially life-changing opportunity.

Apply to attend MJBizCon today – The application period will close on July 24!

Other noteworthy recruits to the legalization cause include:

  • Ex-House Speaker John Boehner and former U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, both Republicans, who now work closely with the National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR).
  • Former Obama-era officials Kathleen Sebelius and ex-Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who also work with the NCR.
  • Former Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo, a Republican who joined the Cannabis Trade Federation in 2019.