Senators want feds to back off pot laws in states where it’s legal

Photo: Smoking marijuana in public (AP Photo)
In this April 19, 2014 file photo, partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver. 

including Colorado -- the Associated Press is reporting. The measure will be unveiled tomorrow. It aims to eliminate the uncertainty surrounding use of marijuana in the states that allow it for medicinal purposes. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have such laws.

The Washington Post reports that senators Rand Paul, R-Kentucky; Cory Booker, D-New Jersey; and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, introduced the bill.

“This is a significant step forward when it comes to reforming marijuana laws at the federal level,” Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. “It’s long past time to end the federal ban,” said Michael Collins, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement. Both describe the introduction of the bill as a first for the Senate.