On Monday, Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer introduced legislation that would allow states to legalize medical marijuana without fear of federal repercussions. The legislation would create a framework to allow the FDA to legalize medical marijuana and block the federal government from intervening in individual states’ medical marijuana programs.
The bill is co-sponsored by 13 other lawmakers.
In a press conference Monday, Blumenauer explained that he is attempting to clear up a huge legal gray area. “Frankly, the people in the federal hierarchy are in an impossible position,” he stated. The bill “get the federal government and the Department of Justice out of this never-never land.”
During the press conference, Blumenauer was surrounded by over a hundred medical marijuana advocates. Many of them had just come from a four day medical marijuana conference.
Many doubt that Blumenauer’s bill will pass, but it is worth noting that a number of states are becoming more progressive when it comes to medical marijuana legalization. As more and more states legalize medical marijuana, the need for safeguards for individual states grows.