by Countable | 1.16.18
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced she’s working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to allow states to enforce their own marijuana policies.
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:
States have the right to enforce their own marijuana policies – and I’m working on legislation to make sure it stays that way. Stay tuned. https://t.co/ejaZC6hekX— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 9, 2018
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.
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