Republican Congressman Introduced Bill to Defund Tribes that Legalize Cannabis


September 7, 2023

A Republican Congressman from North Carolina introduced a bill last week that, if passed, would withhold federal funds from tribes that legalize recreational marijuana on their lands.

On Friday, North Carolina Congressman Chuck Edwards (R-NC) introduced the “Stop Pot Act.”

“The laws of any government should not infringe on the overall laws of our nation, and federal funds should not be awarded to jurisdictions that willfully ignore federal law,” Edwards said in a press release on September 1. “During a time when our communities are seeing unprecedented crime, drug addiction, and mental illness, the Stop Pot Act will help prevent even greater access to drugs and ease the strain placed on our local law enforcement and mental health professionals who are already stretched thin.”


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