New Senate Bill Would Create Marijuana Commission

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For the 10th anniversary of Colorado voters approving marijuana legalization, Sen. John Hickenlooper said that he intends to file a congressional bill to prepare the United States for federal cannabis reform.

Specifically, the Preparing Regulators Effectively for a Post-Prohibition Adult-Use Regulated Environment Act (PREPARE) Act would direct the attorney general to create a commission charged with making recommendations on a regulatory system for marijuana that models what’s currently in place for alcohol, according to Marijuana Moments.

The measure is identical to a House companion bill that Reps. Dave Joyce, Hakeem Jeffries and Brian Mast filed in April. Hickenlooper’s staff told Marijuana Moment that the Senate version will be formally introduced when the chamber returns from recess in mid-November.

The senator sees the commission that would be created by the legislation as similar to a task force he empaneled when he was Colorado’s governor to steer implementation of legalization at the state level.