Legislators from states that have legalized marijuana are pushing back against a federal crackdown on the drug, led by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
House and Senate members from states with legalized marijuana are trying to provide protections for the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry, The New York Times reports.
Sessions has asked Senate leaders to roll back rules that bar the Justice Department from sidestepping state laws in order to enforce a federal ban on medical marijuana. He also appointed a task force to review links between violent crimes and marijuana.
Last month, a bipartisan group of senators reintroduced a bill that would allow patients to access medical marijuana in states where it is legal, without fear of federal prosecution.
“Federal marijuana policy has long overstepped the boundaries of common sense, fiscal prudence, and compassion,” Senator Cory Booker said in a statement about the bill, known as The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act.