This bill — known as the STATES Act — would allow states, territories, the District of Columbia, and federally recognized tribes to regulate marijuana as they see fit. It would prohibit the sale or distribution of marijuana to individuals under the age of 21 or at transportation safety facilities (like rest areas or truck stops). Additionally, it would clarify that compliant marijuana-related financial transactions don’t constitute trafficking, thus enabling marijuana businesses to access banking services.
The bill would remove industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act’s list of controlled substances. The Controlled Substances Act’s prohibitions on endangering human life while manufacturing marijuana and employing individuals under age 18 in drug operations would be maintained.
The bill’s full title is the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act.