Rep. Tom Garrett, introduced legislation Monday that would federally decriminalize marijuana, according to a news release from his office. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 would take marijuana off the federally controlled substance list if it is passed. The release stated that the bill would fulfill “a responsibility to create a level playing field across the country.”
This bill originally was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, in 2015, but the legislation died. Garrett’s bill comes after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said there’s more violence around marijuana than people would think. Sessions is reviewing the previous administration’s memo to the Justice Department that gave states flexibility when it comes to passing marijuana laws.
Eight states, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized recreational marijuana use.