Senator Files Bill To Get Country Ready For Federal Marijuana Legalization Amid Heightened Reform Talks

Senator Files Bill To Get Country Ready For Federal Marijuana Legalization Amid Heightened Reform Talks
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Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) on Thursday formally filed a previously announced bill to set the country up for federal marijuana legalization. The timing of the introduction is meant to roughly coincide with the 10-year anniversary of his home state of Colorado’s vote to legalize adult-use cannabis. He previewed the legislation at an event in October marking that anniversary and formally announced his intent to file it last month. The Preparing Regulators Effectively for a Post-Prohibition Adult-Use Regulated Environment Act (PREPARE) Act would direct the attorney general to create a commission charged with making recommendations on a regulatory system for marijuana that models what’s currently in place for alcohol. “A decade after Colorado pioneered marijuana legalization, Americans overwhelmingly support the same at the federal level,” Hickenlooper said in a press release. “This bipartisan, bicameral framework, based on Colorado’s Amendment 64 Task Force, will replicate our success nationally.” The measure is identical to a House companion bill that Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Brian Mast (R-FL) filed in April. “I’m thrilled that the PREPARE Act has been introduced in the Senate, making it not only further bipartisan, but bicameral, and bringing it one step closer to becoming law,” Joyce said on Thursday. “This legislation gives lawmakers on both sides of the aisle the answers they need to effectively engage on cannabis reform, safely and effectively regulate it, and remedy the harms caused by the failed war on cannabis.” “With those answers, Congress can develop a much-needed federal regulatory framework that not only respects the unique needs, rights, and laws of each state, but also ensures a responsible end to prohibition and a safer future for our communities. I was proud to lead the introduction of this commonsense bill in the House and thank Senator Hickenlooper for advancing it in the Senate.…

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