Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Senators Ask Feds to Clarify Pot Laws

Lawmakers in marijuana-friendly Colorado and Washington are demanding that the US government step up and provide them with a clearer understanding of the federal pot laws as they pertain to the state’s legal marijuana trade. They are calling for action on the part of the Obama Administration to establish policies that are more consistent when it comes to enforcing laws under the Controlled Substances Act.

In a letter to White House, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Attorney General Eric Holder, Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall of Colorado along with Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington said the federal government’s approach to a state’s newfound retail pot market is un-American and not indicative of a supportive government.

“We believe the federal government should support Colorado and Washington’s effort to establish a successful regulatory framework in a way that achieves greater certainty for local officials, citizens, and business owners,” wrote the senators.

The senators voiced concerns over the government’s inconsistency when it comes to enforcing federal pot laws, and they argued that the fluctuating opinions of various federal agencies “may undermine our states’ ability to regulate the industry adequately.” It is for this reason the senators have suggested that the Obama Administration take charge of this confusing and detrimental situation and force all federal agencies to subscribe to a uniformed policy in regards to dealing with legal marijuana states.

Although the senators applauded recent efforts by the federal government to grant banking access to cash-only marijuana businesses, they said the sentiment of support was lost after the Bureau of Reclamation blocked the use of federal irrigation water for the cultivation of marijuana. “The potential for these differing approaches underscores the need for a consistent and uniform interpretation and application of federal marijuana-related laws across all departments and agencies,” wrote the senators.

In the midst of Colorado and Washington’s legalized recreational marijuana commerce, the federal government has said it will not interfere as long as the market is controlled. Yet, while the industry continues to flourish, it struggles in many areas where other legitimate commerce does not. This is because nobody knows when one of Uncle Sam’s cronies is going to come in and send everyone involved straight to federal prison.

It is the hope of the four senators to relieve the industry of this anxiety.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


HT Newsletter

Subscribe for exclusive access to deals, free giveaways and more!

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.


You May Also Like


Shipping marijuana via the mail is always a dicey proposition. There is nothing legal about it—the U.S. Postal Service is a federal entity, and...


  Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Republican from Alabama, will be nominated to be attorney general in the upcoming Trump Administration. What will he do...


SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use...


Despite a congressional spending bill passed at the end of 2014 restricting the Justice Department from spending federal funds to fuel drug war activity...


Although marijuana has been made legal for medicinal and recreational purposes in over half of the United States, these laws are nearly worthless to...


Federal law enforcement is no stranger to employing the use of underhanded entrapment tactics to tighten the noose around the necks of suspected villains,...


In spite of propaganda-fueled concerns that with the increased availability of marijuana will come an influx in teenage use and addiction, new federal data...


On July 22, the federal government initiated “Operation Shattered” with the stated intention of cracking down on individuals involved in causing butane hash oil-related...

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!