U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined a Colorado Republican on Thursday to roll out federal legislation that would resolve much of the tension between the federal prohibition on marijuana and the growing pot industries in states that have voted to legalize marijuana, like Massachusetts.
The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act) seeks to ensure each state the right to determine the best approach to marijuana regulation within its borders, Warren said.
The bill would make the federal Controlled Substances Act not applicable in marijuana cases where someone is acting within the laws of their state.
“Outdated federal marijuana laws have perpetuated our broken criminal justice system, created barriers to research, and hindered economic development,” Warren said.
“States like Massachusetts have put a lot of work into implementing common sense marijuana regulations – and they have the right to enforce their own marijuana policies.”
Warren introduced the bill alongside Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican who has been critical of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ revocation of Department of Justice guidance that generally protected state-legal marijuana.