Cannabis Regulatory Update: Federal-State Marijuana 'Policy Gap' Widens, Legalization Push In South Carolina, Georgia, North Dakota

Federal-State Marijuana ‘Policy Gap’ Continues To As More States Legalizes Cannabis

With more and more states legalizing both medical and recreational cannabis, the gap between federal and state cannabis policies seems to be widening, a new report showed.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a 101-page analysis on the heels of the U.S. House of Representatives approving the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, H.R. 3617, reported Marijuana Moment.

“The federal response to state actions to legalize marijuana has largely been to allow states to implement their own laws on the drug,” CRS said. “The gap between federal marijuana law and federal enforcement policy and the issues it creates continue each year.

CRS considered everything from banking challenges to trafficking trends in an attempt to take a full grasp of the status quo which “creates unique consequences for individuals who act in compliance with state law but violate federal law.”

“As organizations and individuals have pressed forward with the manufacturing, sale, and use of marijuana, consequences of the gap have arisen—two of the more publicized consequences for individuals are termination of employment due to marijuana use in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana, and a range of implications for researchers and postsecondary students on college campuses,” the report noted.

“Other consequences include, but are not limited to, an inability to obtain or dismissal from certain types of employment, the inability to purchase and possess a firearm, inadmissibility for federal housing, and ineligibility for …

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