This week, a bipartisan group of U.S. representatives formed the first-ever “Congressional Cannabis Caucus” to work on legislation related to marijuana legalization and regulation.
Democrats Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of Colorado teamed up with Republicans Dana Rohrabacher of California and Don Young of Alaska to form the caucus. Not coincidentally, all four representatives hail from states where recreational marijuana use is legal.
“The federal government’s decades-long approach to marijuana is a colossal, cruel joke, and most Americans know it,” Rohrabacher said in a news release announcing the formation of the group Thursday. “Not only have incalculable amounts of taxpayers’ dollars been wasted, but countless lives have been unnecessarily disrupted and even ruined by misguided law enforcement.”
The group didn’t lay out specific legislative objectives, but the lawmakers said that there is a need for explicit rules that square federal law, which strictly prohibits marijuana use, with the growing number of state laws that allow for medical and recreational use.
Source: Cannabis Business Times