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State attorneys send letter to congressional leaders

US: "Federal cannabis legalization should respect autonomy of states"

A bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general sent a letter to congressional leaders arguing that any effort to federally legalize cannabis should be done in a manner that respects the autonomy of states while providing necessary resources to ensure that cannabis is effectively regulated.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R), Connecticut Attorney General William Tong (D), North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (R), and Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (D) sent the letter last week in response to a request for feedback on a draft legalization bill that is being finalized by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

The top law enforcement officials emphasized the need for a “cooperative federal-state regulatory partnership” that prioritizes public health and safety but does not unduly interfere in established cannabis markets that are being overseen by the states.

“Over the past 25 years, numerous states have made the decision to legalize medical or adult-use cannabis. More are likely to do so in the future,” the letter says. “It is clear that the rapidly expanding cannabis market should not regulate itself and that a cooperative federal-state regulatory partnership is necessary to govern the industry in a manner consistent with the need for consumer protection.”

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