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Bipartisan marijuana descheduling bill reintroduced in Congress

Bipartisan legislation that would remove state-legal marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act and leave individual markets in charge of most other regulation was reintroduced in Congress on Thursday.

Originally introduced in 2019 in both the House and the Senate, the latest Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act goes a step further than the ongoing federal rescheduling review.


If the STATES Act were to pass in this Republican-controlled Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden:

Marijuana that’s produced and sold “in compliance with State and Tribal law” would no longer be covered by the Controlled Substances Act, the office of Ohio Republican Rep. Dave Joyce said in a statement. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration would be responsible for classifying marijuana products by category to ensure they pass safety and marketing standards. However, marijuana products would not be subject

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