Bipartisan Bill Launched to Protect Marijuana Users in Weed Legal States

Last Thursday, a bipartisan bill was presented in the house in an attempt to protect against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ venture to enforce severe federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana.

The introduction of the “Sensible Enforcement of Cannabis Act” was designed to reflect the Obama era Cole memo. The memo, which was introduced by Lou Correa and Matt Gaetz, is designed to give leeway to the marijuana legal states against some of the strict federal laws. The legislation is designed to protect people within the states that have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

“eight states have legalized recreational cannabis, and twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia,”

Correa stated. Correa went on to say that these statistics represent more than half of the American population and have enacted legislation to permit the use of cannabis. He continued his statement saying that Attorney General Sessions’ decision to rescind the ‘Cole Memo’ created great uncertainty for these states and legal cannabis businesses, and put citizens in jeopardy for following their state laws.

Congressman Lou Correa co-sponsors federal cannabis bill

Sessions did not directly call for action, but the previous move opens the door for federal prosecutors.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not directly call for a movement against the marijuana industry, although the decision to reverse the directive put in place by the previous Deputy Attorney General James Cole places marijuana users in a precarious predicament.

Matt Gaetz saluted the former memo stating it was good policy, but he honestly believed that not passing that piece of legislation through Congress was a major mistake.

“We are a nation of laws, not department-wide memos. We should not tell prosecutors to ‘pick and choose’ what laws to uphold”

He continued by saying when federal law conflicts with state law and the will of the American people, it’s time to change the law.