Warren-Gardner Bill Could Be a Dud
Senators Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren May have gotten the president on board with their plan to protect marijuana legal states, but they’re having a hard time garnering the support they need from Congress.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would have to approve the bill before it could make it to a vote by the full Senate. An aide to the committee said that Grassley has no plans to entertain cannabis legalization bills.
“Sen. Grassley is not planning or considering hearings on any marijuana-related legislation at the moment,” the aide said.
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), has said she supports the bill. But without the support of Republicans, the STATES Act seems doomed in the Senate.
Republican leaders were always a tough sell, but not even Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will say he supports the bill. He has his own plan for decriminalizing marijuana, which Rolling Stone covered here.
To date, the STATES Act has 9 co-sponsors. Barring unlikely pressure from the White House or another impetuous move by Jeff Sessions, the STATES Act looks like it could end up sharing the same fate as Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act. It attracted seven co-sponsors before succumbing to paralysis on the Hill.
Read our original article on the STATES Act here.
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