When a state passes a law making marijuana a legal substance, the federal government ought to not have the authority to prosecute citizens or place of business associated with state-legalized cannabis programs. This is the rallying cry of a recent piece of legislation that flew through Capitol Hillside on bipartisan wings and aims to stop the federal government from prosecuting citizens and businesses in states that have actually legislated marijuana for medical and/or leisure use.
The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015 bill was introduced to Congress recently and seeks to supply resistance versus federal prosecution for individuals and place of business abiding state cannabis laws.
Unlike the CARERS Act, which is a bid to legislate medical cannabis across the country, this latest piece of legislation would extend the exact same protection for the medical cannabis market when it comes to the recreational side, which would enable states the capability to legalize marijuana for any purpose without issues over violating federal statutes.
“The American people, through the 35 states that have actually liberalized laws prohibiting either medical marijuana, marijuana in general, or cannabinoid oils, have made it clear that federal enforcers should avoid of their personal lives,” said Agent Dana Rohrabacher of California, who presented the expense. “It’s time for restraint of the federal government’s over-aggressive weed warriors.”
“Unlike other expenses that deal with only some elements of the problem between state and federal marijuana laws,” stated a rep with the Marijuana Policy Project. “This expense solves the problem entirely by letting states determine their own policies. It’s the best federal legislation introduced to date, and it’s the expense most likely to pass in a Republican-controlled Congress. Almost every GOP presidential competitor has actually said cannabis policy should be a state problem, not a federal one, essentially supporteding this costs.”