The Latest: US lawmakers to unveil legislation to allow marijuana use in states with recreational marijuana law
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday will vote on a bill to allow states to decide whether to legalize the use of marijuana.
The bill, H.R. 1035, has been referred to the Senate.
A committee of the House Judiciary Committee will vote next week on the bill.
The measure would allow states with a marijuana program to issue medical marijuana cards.
It would also allow states that allow medical marijuana to license cannabis growers, distributors and manufacturers.
Marijuana is legal in California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, as well as in 25 other states and the District of Columbia.
The measure, introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., would create a panel to recommend to the President whether the federal government should allow states and localities to create their own marijuana programs.
The panel would make recommendations to the Department of Justice, which would then implement the recommendations.
It is not clear whether the White House would agree to the panel’s recommendations.
If it does, it would be the first time a marijuana initiative has been approved in a Republican-led Congress.
The House voted in March to legalize marijuana in the District.
Democrats control both chambers of Congress, but Blumenaur are considered the most conservative members of Congress.