Letters to editor logo 7-12-21

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

It’s time to legalize and regulate cannabis nationwide. Arizona legalized medical cannabis over a decade ago and sales of adult-use cannabis began this year. So far, it’s been safe, a boon for the economy and created jobs.

Sen. Mark Kelly isn’t opposed to federal regulation, which is smart. He knows that comprehensive federal reform is necessary to align the current hodgepodge of state-by-state legalization frameworks and protect public health and safety. Recently, the Cannabis Opportunity and Administration Act was unveiled in the Senate, and I hope Sen. Kelly champions the bill once it is formally introduced.

Groups like the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation — which represents large brands like Molson Coors and Brink’s — supports the bill precisely because it gives states like Arizona flexibility in regulating local markets while creating a nationwide regulatory framework that removes the guesswork and contradiction of cannabis being both legal and illegal at the same time, depending on where you’re standing and what jobs you’re applying for.

Arizona has led the way on cannabis legalization at home, and Sen. Kelly should lead the way in Washington, D.C., by supporting the comprehensive federal legalization bill.

Rebecca Rios

State Senator

Phoenix

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