Massachusetts Senator: Feds Should ‘Get Out of The Business’ of Banning Marijuana

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Democratic US Sen. Elizabeth Warren says cannabis shouldn’t be banned by Washington.

In a Friday tweet, Warren said: “The federal government needs to get out of the business of outlawing marijuana. States should make their own decisions about enforcing marijuana laws.”

Warren’s tweet came after the top Senate Democrat, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, said he’ll introduce legislation taking cannabis off the federal list of controlled substances, essentially decriminalizing its use. Marijuana is classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as under Schedule I, meaning it has no accepted medical abuse and a high potential for abuse.

Warren’s position on cannabis has evolved since her first run for office in 2012 when she opposed legalization.

In 2016, Massachusetts approved the legalization of cannabis for recreational use.

Warren has urged President Donald Trump to reinstate the Cole Memorandum, an Obama-era policy by Deputy US Attorney General James M. Cole discouraging federal prosecutors from targeting individuals in the marijuana trade in states that have legalized the drug.

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