National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Political Director Justin Strekal also touted the lawmakers’ bipartisan effort to protect states from federal interference on marijuana policy.
“The majority of states now regulate marijuana use and more than six out of ten voters endorse legalizing the plant’s use by adults, making it time for the federal government to no longer stand in the way of this progress at the state level,” he said in a statement.
NORML joined more than 50 other organizations in sending the senators a letter endorsing the legislation.
Don Murphy, conservative outreach director for the Marijuana Policy Project, meanwhile, called the STATES Act “the most significant piece of marijuana-related legislation ever introduced in Congress.”
“With its bipartisan backing in the Senate, it symbolically signals the eventual end of marijuana prohibition at the federal level. … The president has a unique opportunity to get behind historic legislation that enjoys solid support on both sides of the political spectrum,” he said in a statement.
Murphy added that while MPP looks forward to the day when there’s full acceptance of marijuana at the federal level, it embraces the senators’ states rights approach to the issue.
Warren, in announcing the legislation, told reporters it would fix the current discrepancy between state and federal statutes that has impacted the legal marijuana industry’s access to banking and Americans’ ability to pursue medical marijuana treatments, among other things.
Gardner stressed that the measure would not legalize marijuana at the federal level, but simply allow states that have passed such laws to move forward without the threat of federal interference.