Bernie Sanders Files Marijuana Bill In Senate

"It's a state and a federal issue. The federal issue is that we should remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act. That's a federal decision,"

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders filed a Senate bill Wednesday that would allow states to decide whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana and decriminalize the drug at the federal level. It’s a sign the Democratic presidential candidate is willing to stake out a clear contrast on the issue with front-runner Hillary Clinton. While some states have Read the full article…

Top Conservatives Are Totally Confused By Marijuana Politics

"I thought it was a bad idea," Bush said, "but states ought to have that right to do it. I would have voted 'no' if I was in Colorado."

MARYLAND: When pressed at an annual conference for conservative activists this week about their stances on marijuana legalization, several members of the Republican Party said that although they personally oppose legalizing the drug, they support states’ rights to do so. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked Read the full article…

The Feds, The States And The Controlled Substances Act

RMr. Rivkin and Ms. Foley cite Colorado’s attorney general as saying that “his state is ‘becoming a major exporter of marijuana.’”

COLORADO:   David B. Rivkin and Elizabeth Price Foley have risen to the defense of the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma, who complain about spillover enforcement costs from Colorado’s law legalizing marijuana and hence are asking the Supreme Court to declare that law unconstitutional. Along the way they respond to conservative charges of “fair-weather Read the full article…

Rand Paul Proposes Measure To Shield State Medical Marijuana Laws From Feds

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday filed an amendment in the Senate that would protect states that implement medical marijuana laws, as well as patients and physicians in those states, from federal prosecution. Paul’s Amendment 3630, filed Thursday morning to Sen. John Walsh’s (D-Mont.) jobs bill being heard on the Senate floor, allows states to Read the full article…

White House Says Marijuana Policy Is States’ Rights Issue

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) called Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) a "tyrant" for meddling in the District's governing process with the amendment, pointing out that Maryland just voted to decriminalize marijuana possession.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Obama administration believes marijuana policy is a states’ rights issue, the White House said Monday in opposing Republican-led legislation that would prevent Washington, D.C., from using local funds to decriminalize marijuana possession. The GOP-sponsored House amendment would prevent D.C. “from using its own local funds to carry out locally-passed marijuana policies, which again undermines the principles Read the full article…

Rand Paul And Cory Booker Team Up To Protect State Medical Marijuana Programs

A similar amendment passed the U.S. House a few weeks ago with overwhelming bipartisan support.

by Grover Norquist and Ethan Nadelmann DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: As soon as next week, the U.S. Senate will have an opportunity to vote on a bipartisan amendment being offered by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ that would prohibit the federal government from spending taxpayer money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. We urge Read the full article…

Lawmakers To Feds: Stop Arresting Medical Marijuana Patients

"Let's not bust these people who are using medical marijuana for medical purposes in their state," Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) told reporters on Wednesday at a press conference.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Republican and Democratic lawmakers are calling on the federal government to stop arresting medical marijuana patients in states that have legalized pot for therapeutic purposes. “Let’s not bust these people who are using medical marijuana for medical purposes in their state,” Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) told reporters on Wednesday at a press Read the full article…

Chuck Schumer: States Should Be Allowed To Legalize Marijuana

"I'd be a little cautious here at the federal level, and see the laboratories of the states, see their outcomes before we make a decision," he said.

NEW YORK:  During a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-N.Y.) said states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and act as “laboratories” for drug policy. Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Schumer was asked by host Chuck Todd what he thinks about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) plan to allow some hospitals to distribute medical marijuana. Read the full article…

Chuck Schumer: States Should Be Allowed To Legalize Marijuana

NEW YORK:  During a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-N.Y.) said states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and act as “laboratories” for drug policy. Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Schumer was asked by host Chuck Todd what he thinks about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) plan to allow some hospitals to distribute medical marijuana. Read the full article…

State Officials: DOJ Has Given ‘Tacit Approval’ For Legalized Marijuana

Legalization advocates have also taken the Justice Department’s silence and the president’s comments as an indication that legalization won’t be stopped.

COLORADO: Colorado officials say they believe they have “tacit approval” from the U.S. Justice Department to implement voter-approved laws legalizing marijuana.