The Strengthening of The 10th Amendment Through Entrusting States Act of 2018…
Recently, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO0 and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced bipartisan legislation. The bill seeks to remove the threat of federal intervention and prosecution in states that regulate marijuana use and sales. House of Representatives David Joyce (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced a House Companion Bill as well.
This will mark the first bicameral, bipartisan legislation to end the federal enforcement of prohibition in states that have reformed their marijuana laws. The legislation seeks to:
- Create an exemption to the Controlled Substance Act for U.S states and territories that have reformed their laws with regard to marijuana policy, effectively restraining undue federal intervention.
- Maintains federal legislative provisions to deter:
- The interstate trafficking of marijuana into prohibition states from legal states
- The prevention of those under 21 from purchasing marijuana unless recommended by a qualified physician
- Unsafe production conditions
- Provides greater flexibility for lawmakers in non-legal states to reform their laws in a manner that reflects the will of their constituents and regulates cannabis commerce
- Provides the ability for cannabis businesses to obtain basic banking services and removes Industrial Hemp from the Controlled Substance Act.
The thing is, the majority of states now regulate marijuana use and more than six out of ten voters endorse legalizing the plants use by adults, which sorta makes it time for the federal government to no longer stand in the way of this progress at the state level.
64% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT CANNABIS LEGALIZATION
Congress must do its part, after 45(president) made his commitment to Sen. Gardener that he would support a federalist approach to state marijuana laws. They must swiftly move forward on this bipartisan legislation that provides states with the authority to set their own marijuana policies, all while being absent of the fear of militant cannabis prohibitionist Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century long experiment with marijuana prohibition. The continued criminalization of adult marijuana use is out-of-step with the views of adults throughout America. There are at least 55 supportative organizations for the STATES Act.
Sen. Warren stated, “Outdated federal marijuana laws have perpetuated our broken criminal justice system, created barriers to research, and hindered economic development. The federal government needs to get out of the business of outlawing marijuana.” She also stated that, ” The federal government is closing its eyes and plugging its ears while 46 states have acted.”
The bipartisan STATES Act fixes this problem once and for all by taking states’ rights approach to the legal marijuana question. The bipartisan common sense bill ensures the federal government will respect the will of the voters and not interfere in any states’ legal marijuana industry.
Rep, Joyce stated, “If people of these states have decided to provide help for those veterans and others suffering from pain and other health issues, we should allow them access without government interference.”
Rep, Blumenauer stated, “For too long the senseless prohibtion of marijuana has devastated communities, disportionately impacting poor Americans and communities of color. Not to mention, it’s also wasted resources and stifled critical medical research, It’s past time to put the power back in the hands of the people.”
30 states, including U.S territories Guam and Puerto Rico have enacted legislation specific to the physician authorized use of Cannabis. An estimated 63 million Americans now reside in jurisdictions where anyone over the age of 21 may possess cannabis legally. The enactment of these policies have not negatively impacted workplace safety, crime rates, traffic safety or youth use patterns. They have stimulated economic development and created hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue.
70% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE STATES SHOULD SET THE BAR
A 2017 report estimated that over 149,000 Americans are now working full time in the cannabis industry. Tax revenues from states like Colorado, Oregon and Washington now exceed initial projections. Numerous studies have identified an association between cannabis access and lower rates of opiod use, abuse, hospitalizations and mortality.
The States Act is cosponsored by Senators:
- Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
- Rand Paul (R-KY)
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Cory Booker (D-NJ)
It is also cosponsored by House of Representatives:
- Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)
- Jared Polis (D-CO)
- Ken Buck (R-CO)
- Barbara Lee (D-CA)
- Walter Jones (R-NC)
- Dianna DeGette (D-CA)
- Rob Blum (R-IA)
- Steve Cohen (D-TN)
- Matt Geatz (R-FL)
- Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
- Tom McClintok (R-CA)
- Luis Correa (D-CA)
- Jason Lewis (R-MN)
- Ro Khanna (D-CA)