Cory Gardner restarts effort to keep federal hands off Colorado cannabis

A bipartisan group in Congress, including Colorado’s two senators, re-introduced legislation Thursday to prevent federal authorities from enforcing prohibitions on marijuana in states like Colorado where it has been legalized.

Sen. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, joined with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in announcing re-introduction of the bill, known as the STATES Act. Companion legislation in the House is being co-sponsored by Rep. Joe Neguse, a Lafayette Democrat, among others.

“Congress does a few things very well and a lot of things very poorly,” Gardner said at a news conference on Capitol Hill. “One of the things it does very well is keep its head in the sand, and that’s exactly what it’s done on federal marijuana policy.”

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