This week, U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (CO-D) and Mike Coffman (CO-R) re-introduced the "Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act" which would ensure that state laws regarding marijuana will not be pre-empted by the federal government.
In November's elections, voters in Colorado and Washington State passed state laws legalizing marijuana by wide margins. Several lawmakers expressed concern soon after about the federal government's ability to override these voter-approved initiatives and the states' rights to exercise the will of their citizens. The "Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act" addresses that concern, clarifies Congressional intent, and provides guidance for the courts.
"I am proud to join with my colleague Rep. Coffman to reintroduce the "Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act' to protect states' rights and resolve any conflict with the federal government," said Rep. DeGette. "In Colorado we've witnessed the aggressive policies of the federal government in their treatment of legal medicinal marijuana providers. My constituents have spoken and I don't want the federal government denying money to Colorado or taking other punitive steps that would undermine the will of our citizens."
"I strongly oppose marijuana legalization, and I did not support Amendment 64, but I also have an obligation to respect the will of Colorado voters. They passed this initiative, and I will support their voice and this legislation," said Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-6).