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Gardner, Warren introduce bill to safeguard states with pot

Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren unveiled the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act.
Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks with reporters as Democrats criticized the Republican health care plan, at the Capitol in Washington in March.

Colorado Politics — Sens. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren unveiled legislation Thursday to make it clear that states that adequately regulate marijuana need not fear the federal government.

Colorado, Massachusetts and other states that have legalized marijuana have fretted intervention from the Trump administration, given Attorney General Jeff Session’s animosity toward pot and the fact federal law still deems it illegal. The Obama administration had provided those assurances in what was known as the Cole Memo, the Trump administration rescinded in January.

The bill is called Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act.

“Our founders intended the states to be laboratories of democracy,” Gardner said, standing alongside Warren at a Capitol press conference Thursday morning. “And many states right now find themselves deep in the heart of that laboratory, but it’s created significant conflict between state law and federal law and how do we move forward.”

Read more at Colorado Politics: https://bit.ly/2JlSLOd