Two powerful Republican and Democratic senators are teaming up for a bill that will protect states with legalized marijuana.
Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner is working with Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on a bill that would ensure that marijuana legalization remains an issue for the states without federal intervention. Gardner campaigned on a promise to protect Colorado's legalized marijuana rights, and Warren has been one of the most outspoken Democrats on the issue as well.
Gardner made headlines in the last few months for blocking Trump administration nominees for the Department of Justice after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo, which protected states with legal marijuana. But a few weeks ago, he dropped his blocks after receiving a promise from President Trump that the Cole Memo rollback would not affect Colorado.
Warren and Gardner believe they could have a bill in front of the Senate as early as next week. Of course, while Gardner and some other Republicans support legalization (or at the very least protecting states' rights in regards to legalization), GOP leadership has been hesitant to push the issue. So it's not clear Gardner and Warren's bill would even get the support from Republican leadership in the House and Senate to receive a vote.
And then there's the issue of Trump, who has sent mixed messages in regards to marijuana. While he's indicated he supports states making their own laws, as he told Gardner a few weeks ago, he's also remained almost entirely silent on the issue since taking office.
So while this bill looks like the most promising marijuana legalization legislation we've seen yet, don't get your hopes up too soon.