Two U.S. Senators representing states where pot is legal want the federal government to acknowledge state marijuana laws.
On Tuesday, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and Colorado Republican Cory Gardner unveiled a proposal meant to protect states that have legalized marijuana from federal interference.
“That he was going to start enforcing federal law in places like Massachusetts that just overturned the prohibition on marijuana, it spurred us to more immediate action,” Senator Warren told 22News.
That action led Sen. Warren and Sen. Gardner to sponsor a new legislation called The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act.
It’s a federal bill that would determine the best approach for states to police marijuana within their borders. Under federal law, marijuana is equated with heroin and LSD.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has advised federal prosecutors to enforce the federal law. This conflict has caused confusion that has forced banks and payment processing companies to refuse digital payments.
That means no debit or credit cards.
“That forces a multi-billion dollar industry to operate all in cash, that’s bad for business and bad for safety,” said Sen. Warren.
The Democratic senator’s bill also removes cannabis from the list of substances prohibited under the Controlled Substances Act.