New US law would force the federal government to treat marijuana like alcohol
On Thursday, March 30, 2017, a new set of bills was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House that would drastically reform the way marijuana is regulated at the federal level and allow state-legal marijuana programs to move forward without federal intervention.
The bill was Introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, the legislative package would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act’s list of most dangerous drugs and set up a federal framework for regulating it.
The lawmakers say this would close the gap between federal and state-level marijuana policy, keep people out of jail for minor drug offenses and allow marijuana businesses to thrive.
“As more states follow Oregon’s leadership in legalizing and regulating marijuana, too many people are trapped between federal and state laws, it’s not right, and it’s not fair” Blumenauer said in a statement.