Oregon and Colorado Democrats Call For Federal Regulation of Pot

Oregon and Colorado Democrats Call For Federal Regulation of Pot

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Democrats from Oregon and Colorado–along with a Republican from Kentucky–are proposing bills in the U.S. Congress that would establish federal regulations for marijuana businesses, according to a March 30, 2017, article at The Hill.

Legislation from Oregon’s Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer would get rid of the federal ban on marijuana, tax it like alcohol and tobacco and stop the federal threat of criminal charges against marijuana businesses operating in states that have passed adult-use laws.

Wyden, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennett of Colorado and Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky have introduced another bill that would give federal deductions and tax credits to marijuana businesses.

Robert Capecchi, director of federal policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, said these proposed changes in federal law are good ideas.

“This is commonsense legislation that will eliminate the growing tension between federal and state marijuana laws,” Capecchi said. “States are adopting laws designed to improve public safety by replacing the illegal marijuana market with a tightly regulated system of production and sales. The federal government should be working to facilitate that transition, not hinder it.”

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