Senator Files PREPARE Act to Smooth Way for Federal Legalization

Senator Files PREPARE Act to Smooth Way for Federal Legalization

<![CDATA[Legislation to prepare for federal cannabis legalization now has a foothold in the U.S. Senate. Sen. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., formally filed the Preparing Regulators Effectively for a Post-Prohibition Adult-Use Regulated Environment (PREPARE) Act on Dec. 1 in the upper chamber. The bill directs the U.S. attorney general to develop a regulatory framework for when the federal government legalizes cannabis. The bill is a Senate companion to an identical House version Reps. Dave Joyce, R-Ohio, Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and Brian Mast, R-Fla., filed in April.  RELATED: Trio of U.S. Representatives Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Prepare for Federal Cannabis Legalization “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.” While Colorado was a guinea pig for adult-use cannabis legalization, with voter approval of Amendment 64 in November 2012 and the state’s subsequent January 2014 launch of commercial sales, lessons learned have served as a benchmark for legislators and regulators who have implemented adult-use reform measures in those footsteps. Since Amendment 64 was passed, Americans’ support for legal cannabis has grown from 48% in 2012 to 68% in each of the past three years, according to Gallup pollsters. On Dec. 10, 2012, a month after Colorado voted to legalize cannabis, then-Gov. Hickenlooper convened the Amendment 64 Task Force to provide recommendations for the establishment of regulations. He’s now hoping to replicate that at the federal level. Specifically, the PREPARE Act aims to accomplish the following: Direct the attorney general to establish a “Commission on the Federal Regulation of Cannabis” to advise on the development of a regulatory framework modeled after existing federal and state regulations for alcohol; Establish a framework that would have to account…

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