A bill introduced by three U.S. senators that would end the federal prohibition on medical marijuana faces opposition by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to Politico. The committee includes some of the most senior legislators in Congress.
Many of the committee members came to power when tougher penalties were being implemented for drug possession, the article notes. Several members say the Obama Administration is not adequately enforcing existing federal drug laws.
“I’m probably against it,” Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the most senior Senate Republican and a member of the Judiciary Committee, said of the new bill. “I don’t think we need to go there,” added Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican. “This is a more dangerous topic than what a lot of the advocates acknowledge.”