Suzan DelBene, a Congresswoman from Washington, has, once again, put forth the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act. This bill would prevent state-legalized marijuana users and businesses from being prosecuted by the federal government. The goal of the bill is to ensure that these people/business can operate in a safe environment, without fear of federal prosecution. The bill echoes the sentiments of many Americans who believe that states should be able to govern marijuana law in their own states.
Delbene claims that this new legislation can “fix the conflict between state and federal law by giving states effectively regulating marijuana themselves, such as Washington, a waiver from the Controlled Substances Act.” She also makes note that it would fix the issues that are currently preventing banks from handling legal marijuana money. By not allowing money from marijuana businesses to be placed into the banking system, the government is forcing marijuana businesses to operate in an unsafe manner.