By Dalton Rosario
Yesterday lawmakers on both sides of the aisle put aside party differences to file the Sensible Enforcement of Cannabis Act, which has been promptly referred to the House Judiciary Committee. This bill sponsored by Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) seeks to protect state cannabis rights by not allowing the U.S. Attorney General to prosecute “any conduct that concerns marijuana for medicinal or recreational use… authorized by the laws of the State involved.” Within this proposed legislation are federal laws that remain enforceable by the Justice Department, including but not limited to: selling cannabis to minors, distribution to states where cannabis has not been legalized, violence and firearms used in the cultivation and distribution of cannabis, impaired driving, growing cannabis on pubic lands where it can be hazardous to public safety and possession or use on federal property.
This marks the fourth official cannabis bill filed by the 116th Congress furthering the power of states’ autonomy; proving particularly necessary for conflict resolution when the federal government intervenes against lawful state sponsorship for fair adult use of medicinal and recreational cannabis. As observed from last year's momentum continuing into the first weeks of 2019, our country is at a turning point in federal prohibition fueled by the demands of the people supported by lawmakers and legislation. Without hesitation the Congressional Cannabis Caucus is steadfast on rectifying racial injustices in cannabis related arrests, implementing common ground policies that support federal reformation and healthy cannabis use furthering research for its medical benefits.