The Senate is set to hold a hearing on a marijuana bill Tuesday that would allow the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana in states that allow it.
It is unclear if senators from other states will attend.
The hearing is part of the larger effort to advance a bipartisan measure that would repeal a 1996 federal law that made it illegal for people to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
It would be the first time a bipartisan group has met to discuss marijuana.
A committee report released last week said that the current system for distributing marijuana has made it difficult for states to meet their goals for marijuana legalization.
The bill also would provide for the legal sale of marijuana through the state’s medical marijuana program, a move that has been opposed by some lawmakers in states where it is legal.
The proposal would also allow people to grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes, subject to licensing.
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he is not interested in taking the job of president of the Senate if the bill fails.
“We need to get this done, and it has to be done in a bipartisan way,” Udall said Tuesday.
Udall is a longtime marijuana advocate.
In 2004, he introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have made it a federal crime to possess more than an ounce or two of marijuana and would have punished anyone caught with up to five grams.
Last year, he proposed a bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana, but that was blocked by President Donald Trump.
The bill was reintroduced last month after the Trump administration said it would not pursue the measure, which is expected to be debated in the Senate on Tuesday.