Senate Could Vote on Trump-Backed Federal Cannabis Legalization Tuesday

The United States Senate could vote to legalize cannabis at the federal level on Tuesday if Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado can successfully amend a prison reform bill now under consideration. Gardner said in a statement that he planned to attach provisions of the STATES Act to the First Step Act, a prison and sentencing reform bill that advanced with an 81-12 vote from senators on Monday. President Trump indicated he would support Gardner’s legalization bill when it was introduced in the Senate in June.

Senator Invokes Bill of Rights

Gardner said that the legalization of cannabis by states is protected by the Bill of Rights.

“Saturday marked the 227th anniversary of the ratification of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution,” Gardner said on Monday. “It says that ‘[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’ I can think of no better way to honor that milestone than to pass the bipartisan STATES Act, and I can think of no better legislation to attach the STATES Act to than the First Step Act.”

Gardner said he believed the legalization of marijuana should be included

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