The STATES Act - S. 3032 | H.R. 6043
The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act is a bill in the United States Congress that would recognize legalization of cannabis and the U.S. state laws that have legalized it through their legislatures or citizen initiative. It was introduced on June 7, 2018 by Senators Cory Gardner (Republican from Colorado) and Elizabeth Warren (Democrat from Massachusetts) as S. 3032.
A companion bill was introduced the same day in the House of Representatives, sponsored by Earl Blumenauer (Democrat from Oregon) and David Joyce (Republican from Ohio) as H.R. 6043. The act would amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to make it impossible to prosecute individuals or corporations who are in compliance with U.S. state, U.S. territory and the District of Columbia, or tribal law on cannabis, with certain additional provisions such as minimum ages.
Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES)
Act ensures that each State has
the right to determine
for itself the best approach to marijuana within its
The bill also extends these protections to Washington D.C, U.S. territories, and
federally recognized tribes, and
contains common-sense guardrails to ensure that states,
territories, and tribes
regulating marijuana do so
in a manner that is safe and respectful of the
impacts on their neighbors.
What does the STATES Act do?
Amends the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. § 801
as long as
comply with a
its provisions no longer apply to any
person acting in compliance with State
laws relating to the
possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of
Amends the definition of “marihuana” under the CSA
(21 U.S.C. § 802(16)) to exclude
industrial hemp, as defined in section 7606(b) of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (7 U.S.C. §
bill does not alter
Section 417 (prohibition on endangering human life while
manufacturing a controlled substance)
and maintains the
under age 18 in
operations, two federal requirements
must continue to comply.
the distribution of marijuana at transportation safety facilities such as rest
areas and truck stops
The bill does not allow for the distribution or sale of marijuana to persons under the age of 21
other than for medical purposes.
To address financial issues caused by federal prohibition, the bill clearly states that compliant
transactions are not
trafficking and do not result in proceeds of an unlawful transaction.