WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan legislation, known as the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, has been reintroduced in Congress, aiming to remove state-legalized cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act, according to MjBizDaily.
The bill proposes that marijuana in compliance with state and tribal laws would no longer be under federal jurisdiction.
If passed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would categorize cannabis products for safety and marketing standards, though they would be exempt from the FDA’s preapproval process.
The Cato Institute suggests the bill would legalize interstate commerce. However, prohibitions on distributing marijuana to those under 21 and employing individuals under 18 in cannabis-related work would remain.
Sponsored by a bipartisan group, including Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Rep. Dave Joyce, the STATES Act emphasizes respecting states’ autonomy in regulating cannabis.
“The STATES Act does what every federal bill should do – help all 50 states succeed,” said Joyce.
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