GOP Congresswoman Mace, a South Carolina Republican, has introduced the States Reform Act (SRA), which joins the MORE Act legislation as a proposed sweeping change to U.S. cannabis law. The legislation is cosponsored by Reps. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Brian Mast, R-Fla., Tom McClintock, R-Calif., Peter Meijer, R-Mich., and Don Young, R-Alaska.
“Today, only three states lack some form of legal cannabis,” Mace said in a press release ahead of her November 15th press conference. “My home state of South Carolina permits CBD, Florida allows medical marijuana, California and others have full recreational use, for example. Every state is different. Cannabis reform at the federal level must take all of this into account. And it’s past time federal law codifies this reality.”
In addition to federally decriminalizing cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, Mace’s bill includes:
- Respect for the cannabis policies of local and state governments if states choose to implement prohibition or more restrictive policies;
- Regulates cannabis like alcohol on the federal level, with the U.S. Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau regulating non-medical cannabis products;
- Provides for the implementation of a federal excise tax on cannabis products, like alcohol;
- Include a federal release and expungement for nonviolent, cannabis-only convictions (with certain limitations).
The full 131 page bill can be found here.
Last modified: November 17, 2021