In the past year Democrats have introduced a number of bills and proposals to support marijuana legalization, but none of them have received votes thanks to Republican leadership. And Senator Elizabeth Warren says that will change if Democrats take back the Senate this November.
Warren said in an interview with Rolling Stone that she's confident a bill preventing the federal government from interfering with states that legalize marijuana would not only receive a vote but also pass.
"I feel confident that if the Democrats recapture the Senate we’ll get a vote on this, and the vote will carry," Warren said. "I think we’ve got the votes for this."
Warren is referring to the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act that she co-wrote with Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner. Warren says that she and Gardner have been working to collect enough votes to pass the bill, but Republican leaders such as Mitch McConnell will not put it up to a vote. Warren even noted that President Donald Trump has said he would support the bill. But if Democrats regain the Senate majority in the November midterm elections, they wouldn't need to convince McConnell any longer since Republicans would no longer be in charge.
However, most analysts predict that the Democrats are unlikely to take back the Senate in November, although it's very possible they could take the majority in the House. Perhaps if marijuana bills start getting passed in the House, the pressure for the Senate to take action would increase and there could finally be some progress on the issue.
(h/t The Hill)