Respect Marijuana Legalization in States

In recent years, an ever-growing list of states has legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, despite the fact that the Federal Controlled Substances Act still classifies marijuana in the most highly regulated category of drugs, alongside heroin and bath salts. Although the Obama administration relaxed enforcement of this federal law with respect to marijuana, Attorney General Sessions and President Trump have now indicated plans to aggressively enforce federal law against recreational marijuana use, even in states that have decriminalized it. To reconcile federal and state law and prevent a Trump administration crackdown, a bipartisan group of representatives has proposed H.R.975, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, which would remove federal prohibitions on marijuana for users who comply with their own state's laws. A 2017 Quinnipiac poll found that over 70% of Americans support this compromise. At a time when our country faces a serious epidemic of opiate drugs, jailing more people for using marijuana is cruel and counterproductive."