National Group Demands Marijuana Reform From Congress

MARIJUANA-300A nonpartisan national organization that represents state legislatures demanded Thursday that Congress overhaul federal drug laws and allow states to establish their own policies for marijuana and hemp. The National Conference of State Legislatures approved the policy statement in a voice vote Thursday, throwing its support behind a states’ rights position that polls often find more popular than specific drug law reforms. The resolution states in part “the National Conference of State Legislatures believes that federal laws, including the Controlled Substances Act, should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference and urges the administration not to undermine state marijuana and hemp policies.” Passage of the measure came hours before the first televised presidential debate in the 2016 Republican primary. Some candidates appearing on the debate stage, notably Governor Chris Christie, have suggested they would fully enforce the Controlled Substances Act and cripple state-regulated marijuana markets.

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