24 February 2017

Pacific Daily News write.

New federal legislation could exempt states where medical and recreational marijuana is legal from federal regulations under the Controlled Substances Act.

According to House Bill 975, the provisions relating to marijuana in the Substances Act wouldn’t apply to any person complying with his or her state’s laws on cannabis “production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration or delivery.”

If enacted, it could provide states that have legalized marijuana, and the marijuana industry, with clarity on issues such as banking, which has had to toe the line with federal regulations.

The lawmaker behind the House measure, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, has sponsored several attempts since 2012 to protect states that have legalized marijuana. Rohrabacher’s recent measure, introduced this month, has bi-partisan support from seven Democrats and seven Republicans in the House who represent Colorado, Alaska, Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon and Wisconsin.