Cannabis States' Rights Act
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), applauded Trump’s recent commitment to Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, in which the president promised to support legislation that explicitly protected states' rights to enact cannabis legalization laws that run contrary to federal prohibition laws.
Rep. Rohrabacher announced that he will soon propose a new bill to do just that in the form of the new Cannabis States' Rights Act, which would "make the restraint on federal enforcement permanent," according to a press release from Rohrabacher's office explains.
Rep. Gardner, a Republican, in return, agreed to stop blocking Trump’s Justice Department nominations.
This decision, if carried out by the Trump administration, effectively upends Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ near-fanatic determination to violate states’ rights and “enforce” federal anti-marijuana laws.
“I am extremely happy that President Trump has made perfectly clear that he meant his campaign promise to respect state laws with regard to marijuana. Now there should be no question in Attorney General Sessions’ mind about the president’s intention,” Rohrabacher said in a statement.
“This is a fundamental issue of federalism and freedom, as state after state moves to take marijuana out of the hands of the cartels and place it in a competitive market where consumers can be assured of product safety. It also encourages more exploration of medical uses for cannabis, which has shown unquestionable promise in the treatment of multiple ailments and disorders.
“I look forward to working with President Trump and Senator Gardner to move my legislation through Congress. The authors of our great Constitution most assuredly would approve.”
The Cannabis States' Rights Act also protects Native Americans from federal intervention. This bill does federally legalize cannabis, but will at least protect legal cannabis states and businesses that operate within them from federal interference.