Sen. Cory Gardner fails to get marijuana reform into criminal justice bill

Sen. Cory Gardner fails to get marijuana reform to criminal justice bill

The federal government won’t be easing its laws on marijuana as part of a criminal justice reform bill which ’s expected to pass this week.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, had expected to attach an amendment to the proposed First Step Act to remove the threat of federal prosecution in states where cannabis is legal and lift restrictions on federally insured banks, which are now barred from working with bud companies. But Gardner and other senators hoping to offer amendments of their own were blocked by a procedural maneuver from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has made criminal justice reform a priority during the lame-duck session.

Gardner then sought unanimous consent for his amendment and was blocked by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who called the idea that a “back door to legalization. ”

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Released at Tue, 18 Dec 2018 23:54:55 +0000

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