6 mayors want pot removed from federal list of illegal drugs

PORTLAND — Mayors from six U.S. cities in states with authorized marijuana stated Monday they’ve shaped a coalition to push for federal marijuana coverage reform simply days after President Donald Trump expressed help for bipartisan congressional laws to ease the federal ban on pot.

Mayors from Denver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and West Sacramento — all in marijuana-friendly states — sponsored a decision on the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston that requested the U.S. authorities to take away hashish from a list of illegal drugs, amongst different issues.

It was permitted unanimously by the broader gathering Monday, Larry Jones stated, a spokesman for the convention.

Mayors from Oakland, Calif., and Thornton, Colo., weren’t sponsors however pledged to advocate for federal reforms.

“As mayors of cities that have successfully implemented and managed this new industry, we have hands-on experience that can help Congress take the right steps to support other local governments as they prepare to enter this new frontier,” stated Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, who led the coalition. “We all face common challenges.”

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler stated marijuana companies make use of hundreds of individuals and generate tens of millions of dollars in Oregon.

“Cannabis prohibition has failed. It has failed to keep our children safe, it has failed law enforcement, and it has especially failed communities of color disproportionately targeted and prosecuted for low-level drug offenses,” he stated in an e-mail Monday.

“Eventually, legalization will come to every state — and we want to make sure it’s done so safely and effectively.”

The decision comes after Trump stated he would “probably” again a bipartisan congressional effort to ease a U.S. ban on the drug that about 30 states have legalized in some type. The invoice supported by each events was launched June 7 and would dramatically reshape the nation’s authorized panorama for pot customers and companies.

The federal ban that places marijuana on the identical degree as LSD and heroin has created a battle with states which have legalized pot in some type, making a two-tiered enforcement system on the state and federal ranges.

The laws with 4 sponsors, together with Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, would guarantee states have the suitable to find out one of the best strategy to marijuana inside their borders. Some U.S. restrictions would stay, nevertheless, together with gross sales of non-medical pot to individuals beneath 21.

“I support Senator Gardner. I know exactly what he’s doing,” Trump informed reporters in Washington, D.C., on Friday, when requested concerning the laws. “We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”

The mayors’ decision adopted Monday asks Congress, amongst different issues, to:

• take away hashish from the federal Controlled Substances Act

• permit employers within the marijuana business to take tax deductions just like these allowed in different companies

• present steerage to monetary establishments that present banking to hashish companies

• prolong authorized entry to medical marijuana for U.S. veterans

The decision’s approval signifies that the U.S. Conference of Mayors as a corporation will now create federal coverage suggestions to undergo Congress beginning subsequent yr.


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