On April 4th, 2019 Morgan Fox of TheCannabisIndustry.org reported the re-introduction “…of legislation in Congress that would allow states to determine their own cannabis policies without fear of federal interference…”
The STATES Act of 2019, short for Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States, is being introduced by “…Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the Senate and Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dave Joyce (R-OH) in the House.” according to the article.
Morgan goes on to outline that “The legislation does not remove federal criminal penalties for illicit marijuana behavior but would end federal interference with state and tribal laws that have regulated the production, sale, and personal consumption of cannabis for medical patients and adults age 21 and older. The bill also mandates the Government Accountability Office to study the potential impact of cannabis legalization on traffic safety, and removes a provision from last year’s bill regarding hemp that was addressed in the 2018 Farm Bill.”
There is more to unpack in his thoughtful report, and you can read it in full here.