This bill would change federal marijuana law to protect those who are in compliance with state laws while producing, possessing, distributing, dispensing, administering, or delivering marijuana. Basically, if a person's pot use/production/distribution is allowed under state law for recreational or medical purposes — the federal government won't prosecute them.
What is House Bill H.R. 2093?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 2093
“Forty-seven states have legalized some form of cannabis and the majority of Americans support its legalization. Our outdated laws have ruined lives, devastated communities, and wasted resources for critical medical treatment and research. Congress needs a reality check. The STATES Act is an important part of the blueprint for more rational federal cannabis policy.”
During a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing in April 2019, Attorney General William Barr expressed support for this bill over the status quo, while still expressing a preference for a uniform federal rule against marijuana:
“Personally, I would still favor one uniform federal rule against marijuana, but if there is no sufficient consensus to obtain that, then I think the way to go is to permit a more federal approach so states can make their own decisions within the framework of federal law, so we’re not just ignoring the enforcement of federal law.”
"The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) strongly advocates for the recognition of tribal sovereignty and inclusion of tribal governments in national legislation. We appreciate the re-introduction of the STATES Act, which would bring certainty in federal law for tribal nations as separate jurisdictions. Tribal nations, as sovereign governments, and in the spirit of self-determination, must be able to make independent decisions about their own economic, cultural, and social futures at the local, tribal level.”
“While ABA does not take a position on the legalization of cannabis and the STATES Act is not a banking specific bill, removing the federal prohibition on cannabis in states that have legalized its use would allow banks to accept deposits and provide basic financial services to state licensed cannabis businesses and their service providers. That, in turn, would help those communities reduce cash-motivated crimes, increase the efficiency of tax collections, and improve the financial transparency of the cannabis industry."
Of Note: Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized and regulated recreational marijuana for adults — although Congress has prevented D.C. implementing it — while 29 states, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico permit the medical use of marijuana.
If you're wondering how many people agree with your position on legalizing marijuana, Pew Research has the numbers:
"Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing opposition. A slim majority (53%) of Americans say the drug should be made legal, compared with 44% who want it to be illegal. Opinions have changed drastically since 1969, when Gallup first asked the question and found that just 12% favored legalizing marijuana use."
- Senate Sponsor Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Press Release
- Sponsoring Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) Press Release (Previous Version)
- Marijuana Policy Project (In Favor)
- Santa Cruz Sentinel
- Washington Examiner
- American Banker
- The Hill (Context)
- Countable (House Version)
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To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on the JudiciaryHighways and TransitCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedApril 4th, 2019
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