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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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