Lawmakers in the House and Senate reintroduced a bill on Thursday that would protect businesses and individuals complying with state cannabis laws from prosecution by the federal government. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and in the House by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oreg.) and Dave Joyce (R-Ohio).
Warren and Gardner originally introduced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States, or STATES, Act in June 2018. If passed, the bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act so that it is no longer applicable to statutes “relating to the manufacture, production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of” cannabis for activities that comply with state law.
Blumenauer said in a statement from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws that Congress should heed changing public opinion and reform federal cannabis policy.
“Forty-seven states have legalized some form of cannabis and the majority of Americans support its legalization. Our outdated laws have ruined lives, devastated communities, and wasted resources for critical medical treatment and research,” said Blumenauer. “The STATES Act is the next logical step in a comprehensive blueprint for more rational federal cannabis policy. It’s time for Congress to catch up with the rest of America are and fix