Article by Adrian D. Garcia, Denverite
Rep. Jared Polis has a plan to keep the feds from raiding and prosecuting marijuana businesses in states that have voted to legalize the drug.
The Boulder Democrat hopes to attach an amendment to Congress’ annual spending bill for the U.S. Department of Justice that would essentially tie Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ hands when it comes to using federal funds to go after states following their own marijuana rules.
“If we successfully attach it and it becomes law, no attorney general — despite what they might want to do — would be able to use the funds that Congress gave them to crack down on activities that are legal under state law with regard to marijuana,” Polis said Wednesday. “When those funds run out and there’s a new appropriations bill the next year, we’d attach the same language.”
The titular McClintock-Polis Amendment, named after Polis and Rep. Tom McClintock, R-California, is the best bet to keep Sessions from turning negative comments about marijuana into raids and prosecutions related to the drug, Polis said.