Governors of 12 states ask Congress to protect legalization
The Republican and Democratic governors in 12 states where marijuana has been legalized have sent a letter to Congress requesting them to pass bipartisan legislation to protect state laws that legalize cannabis. The letter says that a majority of US states have already passed “hundreds of bills to legalize and regulate this emerging industry, provide protections for consumers, promote public safety, and eliminate illegal sales.”
Speficially, the governors called out the STATES Act (Strenghtening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States) as their solution of choice, asking Congress to pass the legislation and be “a partner rather than an impediment.”
The governors that signed the letter were from California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington State, and Vermont. There was a similar letter sent last year that included Alaska and New Jersey, but those governors didn’t participate this year, and instead were replaced by Utah and Vermont.
Unfortunately, Congress (as you may have heard) has plenty going on already, with Democrats working their way towards impeaching the President*, and Republicans desperately trying to hold on to the Senate as we head toward what’s sure to be another divisive election. But hopefully the two chambers in Congress can find common ground, and get this legislation moving through the process. There’s been a ton of effort (and money) put into the cannabis industry, but it still technically isn’t the law of the land — hopefully our legislators can get their act together and finalize and federally codify all of these state laws as soon as possible.