By Mass Live

With states facing uncertainty over federal enforcement of marijuana laws, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Gardner are looking to provide legal certainty and protections to those that have approved laws legalizing or decriminalizing the substance.

The senators announced Thursday that they have introduced legislation to ensure that states, Washington D.C., U.S. territories and federally recognized tribes have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their own borders in a way that is safe and respectful of their neighbors.

Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said the bill, known as the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States, or STATES Act, would fix the current discrepancy between state and federal statutes that has impacted the industry’s access to banking and Americans’ ability to pursue medical marijuana treatments, among other things.

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