The Responsibly Addressing The Marijuana Policy Gap Act: This Would Remove Federal Penalties For Marijuana Sale And Possession In States That Have Legalized Pot.

Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), the legislative package would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Acts list of most dangerous drugs and set up a federal framework for regulating it. Doing so, the lawmakers say, would close the gap between federal and state-level marijuana policy, keep people out of jail for minor drug offenses and allow marijuana businesses to thrive. As more states follow Oregons leadership in legalizing and regulating marijuana, too many people are trapped between federal and state laws, Blumenauer said in a statement. Its not right, and its not fair. The package, known as the Path to Marijuana Reform , includes three separate bills: The Small Business Tax Equity Act: This would require that state-legal marijuana businesses be taxed similarly to other small businesses, and would remove regulations that bar cannabis businesses from claiming tax deductions and credits. The Senate version is co-sponsored by Rand Paul (R-Ky.), while the House version is co-sponsored by Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.). The Responsibly Medical marijuana Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act: This would remove federal penalties for marijuana sale and possession in states that have legalized pot. It would also give marijuana businesses access to banking services, allow veterans to access state-legal medical marijuana and protect Native American tribes from federal punishment for marijuana sale and use. The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act: This would regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol by removing the substances Schedule 1 designation and imposing a federal excise tax on sales of marijuana products. In a call with reporters on Thursday, Wyden and Blumenauer framed the issue as one of states rights an argument they hope will resonate with their Republican colleagues. The lawmakers specifically called out Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is opposed to marijuana legalization and has indicated he may crack down on state-legal programs. Im particularly concerned because it appears that the attorney general wants to cherry-pick, apparently on the basis of some kind of whim, which states rights he likes and which ones he doesnt like, Wyden said. My sense is increasingly there are some in Washington, D.C., who say they favor states rights only to do so if they think the state is right. My sense is increasingly there are some in Washington, D.C., who say they favor states rights only to do so if they think the state is right. Sen.

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