Vote on marijuana. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has estimated that the U.S. Senate will vote on a pending cannabis legalization bill if the Democratic Party recaptures of the legislative body in November’s election. The congressperson made the remarks during a meeting with Rolling Stone.
In June 2018, Warren and Sen. Cory Gardner (D-Colo.) presented the act of Strengthening the Tenth Amendment through the Entrusting States or STATES. If the bill is successfully passed, it will alter the Controlled Substances Act so that it will be invalid to statutes “linking to the manufacture, production, ownership, distribution, dispensation, organization, and delivery of marijuana.
Warren believes that if the Democrats take over the Senate, they’ll get a vote on marijuana legalization, and the election will be valid. “I believe we have the votes in favor of this,” Warren said.
Protection from Jeff Sessions
The congresswoman stated that she is attempting to secure her constituents who are agreeing to Massachusetts state law from accusation by the government.
Warren believes in this marijuana bill because it protects the people in her home state from going to prison because of Jeff Sessions for either purchasing weed or operating a cannabis business. Warren also cares for states who choose to legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes or both. She said the state should be responsible for regulating marijuana and that’s the whole idea behind the bill to legalize marijuana.
Warren said that she had to act on the problems caused by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ strict rules of marijuana.
According to Warren, we are at the point when Jeff Sessions showed strict law enforcement on marijuana and every Congressman looked at each other and stated, ‘That is not a good idea.’ Warren and Cory [Gardener] have provided provide a place to channel, which is where genuine improvements can be rolled out. Presently we need to get a vote from Mitch [McConnell].”
Trump Hints At Approval
According to Warren, many Democrats knew about the bill and cited that President Trump is interested in signing the bill if it comes to the desk.
Warren said they have a lot of associates on the Democratic Party who will fund the bill, and Donald Trump has shown interest in the law. Warren said Donald Trump had mentioned the bill trice and this has made her confident that the legislation could be passed.
Warren said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a barrier to getting a vote on the STATES Act in the Senate.
Warren said the only way to cross the barrier is to get enough Republicans to push Mitch McConnell. “Furthermore, we’ve brought individuals to our bill two by two; similar to Noah’s Ark: A Democrat and a Republican merge and become cosponsors on our bill. We currently have different cosponsors [in the Senate]. We also have enough cosponsors on the House side. Similarly, we have many individuals in McConnell’s group who are pushing McConnell to do this.”
An evolution in congressional leadership might be necessary if the STATES Act is to progress. Although there’s bipartisan support in the two houses, the bill has slowed down.