Bill Would Protect States' Rights to Legalize Marijuana

A bipartisan team of lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have introduced a bill that would protect the cannabis industry in states like California where medical and/or recreational pot has been legalized.

Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act on Thursday. It would do the following:

• Amend the Controlled Substances Act so that it is no longer applicable to a person acting in compliance with state or tribal marijuana laws.

• Exclude hemp from the CSA’s definition of marijuana.

• Explicitly state that compliant transactions are not trafficking. This would be done to allow state-legal marijuana enterprises to utilize the banking system.

If passed, President Donald Trump has said he would “probably” sign the bill into law