NCSL Statement on Proposed Cannabis Legislation


NCSL press release NCSL Supports Congressional Pathway for Marijuana Legalization Option in States

Washington, D.C.– Federal legislation to provide states the option to legalize marijuana was introduced in the U.S. Senate today by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)and Cory Gardner. (R-Colo.)

William Pound, National Conference of State Legislatures executive director, released the following statement:

“NCSL supports Congress’ bipartisan attempt to create a state option for marijuana legalization. The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act enhances state sovereignty and empowers states to craft smart, tailored policies that reflect the will of voters. This federal framework provides states with the tools necessary to build effective, state-specific policies and regulations ensuring public safety and economic growth. NCSL continues to support states’ sovereignty, respectively, to determine the best legislative path forward, free of preemption and federal overreach.”


NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.