“I’m such a prude, if I could I’d role it back so we couldn’t have booze,” Senator Kevin Cramer once told me during an interview.
He was responding to a question about legalizing marijuana, expressing a personal that North Dakota shouldn’t legalize marijuana, but he also said he supported states making their own choices when it comes to marijuana specifically. “Philosophically I don’t have a problem with states making that determination,” he said in the same interview.
Today Senator Cramer announced that he’s an original co-sponsor of the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act which, per a press release from Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office, would “ensure that each State has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders.”
Most states in America have legalized marijuana, to one degree or another, but this has all been in the shadow of on-going federal prohibition. This has made state-level marijuana policy confusing. For instance, businesses looking to enter what their state government considers to be lawful marijuana trade must still be fearful of action from federal law enforcement. Also things like banking and insurance can be difficult to access, given that those businesses are not keen on drawing the ire of the feds.