A bipartisan group in Congress, like Colorado’s two senators, re-introduced legislation Thursday to stop federal authorities from enforcing prohibitions on marijuana in states like Colorado exactly where it has been legalized.
Sen. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, joined with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in announcing re-introduction of the bill, identified as the STATES Act. Companion legislation in the Residence is becoming co-sponsored by Rep. Joe Neguse, a Lafayette Democrat, amongst other people.
“Congress does a handful of issues pretty nicely and a lot of issues pretty poorly,” Gardner said at a news conference on Capitol Hill. “One of the issues it does pretty nicely is preserve its head in the sand, and that is precisely what it is completed on federal marijuana policy.”
Gardner stated Coloradans have had their bank accounts frozen and have been denied house loans due to the fact they perform in the cannabis sector. He also cited the case of two legal immigrants in Denver who say their citizenship applications had been denied due to the fact of their employment in the cannabis sector.
“We get it on the floor of the Residence, it passes,” Gardner stated of his bill. “We get it on the floor of the Senate, it passes. It passes overwhelmingly and it passes with bipartisan assistance.” Gardner later added that President Donald Trump has vowed to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
The STATES Act was initial introduced final year but failed to garner any traction in the Republican-controlled Senate. In December, Gardner attempted attaching it to a criminal justice reform bill but was denied by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican.
“Many Coloradans are deeply embarrassed that Senator Gardner has turn out to be a champion of the elevated cartel and black industry activity that is harming other states,” said Smart Approaches to Marijuana, an anti-cannabis group, in a statement opposing the bill Thursday.