Robert Pittenger, a Republican from Charlotte, would cut certain funding sources to states with legal marijuana operations.
On Friday, a North Carolina congressman, Robert Pittenger, proposed a bill termed as ‘Stop Pot Act’, which would reduce certain US government money allocated to states and Native groups that legalize marijuana. Chuck Edwards (R-NC) proposes to remove 10 percent of federal highway funding from regions where the purchase or possession of marijuana for recreational purposes is permissible. The introduction of the bill happened shortly before a certain tribe located in Edwards’ state votes to legalize the usage of cannabis by adults. In his press release, Edwards made it clear that the laws of a state or a tribe must not go against the laws of the entire country and no federal funds should go to those jurisdictions who ignore the federal laws. At a moment when communities all over the country are being plagued by unprecedented criminal activity, substance abuse, and mental disorders, the Stop Pot Act can curtail access to narcotics and lighten the load of the scarce policing and mental health services that are already struggling. I have recently proposed the Stop Pot Act, which seeks to honor federal regulations and safeguard WNC neighborhoods and our traditional mountain lifestyle. Edwards released an article in Cherokee One Feather last month which cautioned the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians against authorizing recreational marijuana.
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