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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Plans Legislation to Protect States' Pot Rights

by Countable | 1.16.18

What’s the story?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced she’s working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to allow states to enforce their own marijuana policies.

Why does it matter?

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department was ending the policy that allowed states to relax restrictions on recreational pot without the threat of federal interference.

Politicians from across the political spectrum reacted with dismay to the decision, especially those representing states that legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana.

Last week, Warren tweeted:

On Monday, the Massachusetts senator offered an update during a brief interview with reporters in Cambridge.

"I'm working with a bipartisan group to try to roll back the changes that the attorney general has made so that the states can make their own determination about their marijuana laws and how they want to enforce them."

Warren’s bill would join similar proposed legislation.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and four co-sponsors filed a bill that would prevent the DOJ from prosecuting anyone who is complying with state law on marijuana. Also in the House, 69 representatives have proposed a spending bill amendment that would prevent the DOJ from using the funds to enforce federal marijuana laws that are legal on the state level.

What do you think?

Do you want your reps to support Warren? Or do you agree with Sessions’ move? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your comments below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Gregory
    01/17/2018
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    Way to go Sen. Warren. Regulation of marijuana should be a state issue. If a state wishes to legalize pot they should be allowed to. The positive benefits far outweigh the negative.

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  • RadicalModerate
    01/16/2018
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    This is your chance Democrats. Jump on the weed wagon. Not only will you win elections, but you’ll actually be doing tremendous good for peoples health, the economy, and the environment.

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  • Susan
    01/17/2018
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    Any Republican that has espoused states rights all these years had damn well better vote for this because this is the essence of what states rights are all about

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  • Keith
    01/17/2018
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    We’re a Government of the people, by the people, for the people. The people of these states have spoken. Jeff Sessions needs to leave them alone. The fact that he has money invested in the private prison system, and wants to increase mandatory minimum sentencing, means he is incapable of being unbiased about this. But worse, is the fact that he’s trying to do all this based off of information that is simply not true. Marijuana has yet to cause a single death by overdose, and is illegal. Meanwhile tobacco and alcohol, kill millions, and it’s just regulated to age of consumption. How is that even a thing? Sugar related diseases have killed more people than marijuana. At this point, if someone dies by staring at the sun, it would kill more people than marijuana. So the question worth considering, is why this substance is so regulated? Even opioids are less regulated, and we’re in the middle of a national epidemic. So just legalize it, and tell Mr. Sessions to instead work on his memory of his involvement with the trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia.

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  • grandvalleydave
    01/17/2018
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    As a strong proponent of states’ rights, I expect your vote in support of Colorado’s popular decision to allow both medicinal and recreational marijuana. The old war on drugs did nothing, but put money and power in the hands of drug lords and their violent cartels.

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  • Ticktock
    01/16/2018
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    I’m all for our legislators taking a lead when limiting the jurisdiction of the Trump Administration. Congress has waited to long to exert their authority in any form. With effort they could curb Trump’s outrageous behavior.

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  • Sara
    01/16/2018
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    States Rights on issues like this take precedent over federal law. Hands off Sessions and company!

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  • Aaron
    01/17/2018
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    Yes please. Expose any hypocrite in Congress that claims states rights matter and votes this down.

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  • chicagomike
    01/17/2018
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    Commendable, but why doesn't she better invest her time on legislation to decriminalize it federally?

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  • Deirdre
    01/17/2018
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    Thank you Senator Warren

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  • Taylor
    01/17/2018
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    As a conservative, you must protect states rights. Your constituency demands it.

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  • Brandon
    01/16/2018
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    As a tax paying constituent, I implore you to support this measure. Progress will prevail in this arena. You have an opportunity to be on the right side of history.

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  • Jeni
    01/17/2018
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    Let the states keep the laws we the people voted for. Marijuana has proven to help people with cancer, helps with the horrible side effects of chemo and radiation and has shown to help many with chronic pain. If Session’s has his way, we will have a greater opioid crisis as medical marijuana has helped many stop taking these prescribed deadly drugs. Bravo Senator Warren for standing up to backwards thinking politicians and please fight for removing marijuana as a schedule 1 drug. Can’t people see the irony in Session’s ownership of prisons and perhaps jailing people for non violent crimes like smoking pot that has been shown to help?! Sessions ethical, I think not.

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  • Jill
    01/17/2018
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    It it a step, however, why not initiate the legislation that would remove it from a Schedule I drug and decriminalize its’ use under federal law? If GOP & Tea Party conservatives truly want to push more back to the states, you would think they would want to decriminalize and let states decide.

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  • Charles
    01/17/2018
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    Protect states’ cannabis rights!

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  • Julia
    01/17/2018
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    Please support Sen. Warren’s bill to allow states to monitor their own marijuana laws without interference from the federal government. Thank you.

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  • Matthew
    01/16/2018
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    Protect the budding California cannabis economy!

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  • Erin
    01/17/2018
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    Jeff Sessions is a joke, and the war on drugs is a bigger joke.

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  • Keoni
    01/17/2018
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    Please support this bill, as it follows states rights and rights we have already fought for in our state. Thank you.

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  • Cameron
    01/17/2018
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    Way to go Warren!

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