April 19, 2021 - Issue: Vol. 167, No. 67 — Daily Edition117th Congress (2021 - 2022) - 1st Session
IN MEMORY OF STEVE FOX; Congressional Record Vol. 167, No. 67
(Extensions of Remarks - April 19, 2021)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E419] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN MEMORY OF STEVE FOX ______ HON. EARL BLUMENAUER of oregon in the house of representatives Monday, April 19, 2021 Mr. BLUMENAUER. Madam Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge the tragic passing of Steve Fox, a pioneering advocate, strategist, a true leader in the cannabis legalization effort. It is fitting today that we are passing the SAFE Banking Act. We wouldn't be where we are today without Steve and his amazing efforts. His life work, leadership, and strategic brilliance are unmatched. Passing this critical legislation today would be a small part of a fitting memorial for a man whose efforts made it possible, indeed, imperative to solve this problem. I first met Steve as we were strategizing on the Oregon legalization effort. Back in 2013, after the Colorado legalization campaign that he orchestrated had passed and before Oregon joined the ranks of legalization, he was already a legend. He pioneered so much of the groundwork for the legalization movement that exploded after the success of the Colorado campaign which owed so much to his strategic brilliance. Steve was thoughtful, hardworking, and self-effacing. While this has become a national movement with many leaders now emerging, none compare with Steve. Few will fully understand his many contributions and importance. I for one will miss his genuine, quiet leadership. As someone who's been working on this longer than anyone in American politics, I know we are all deeply, deeply indebted to Steve. We mourn his loss, extend our thoughts to his family and many friends. This should be the year that we finish the pioneering work of his career. It would be a fitting capstone to a lifetime of cannabis leadership, activism, and progress. ____________________