Agriculture Committee Chairman John Thune John (John) John ThunesHouse committee approves new farm bill with bipartisan supportHousing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to hold public event on Trump’s tax cutsThe House votes to pass Trump’s $1.9 trillion tax plan on ThursdayThe Senate votes to approve Trump’s sweeping tax overhaul bill on ThursdayHouse Republicans unveil tax cuts billThey will be the first Republicans in Congress to vote on marijuana legalization in nearly a decade.
The Senate is expected to take up the marijuana legalization measure Tuesday.
The measure would allow recreational use of marijuana and would allow for the cultivation and distribution of the drug.
It would also allow individuals to grow their own marijuana and sell it for a tax.
It also would allow the federal government to tax marijuana businesses.
The bill has the support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP confidence grows on Kavanaugh Senate panel schedules Friday vote for Kavanaugh GOP senators unveil new Kavanaugh rule for hearings on Russia probe MORE (R-Ky.).
“I think this is a win for Kentucky,” Thune said in a statement.
“It sends a clear signal to the nation that we have a commitment to ending the war on drugs and putting the states in charge of our drug policy.”
Sen. Pat Toomey (R) of Pennsylvania, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has said he would support marijuana legalization if it passes the Senate.
The Senate has a 52-48 edge in its chamber.
Republicans have previously expressed concern that marijuana legalization would create a black market for marijuana, and support the legalization of recreational use.
But the White House has said the drug will be legalized at the state level, with the exception of Alaska, which is also a marijuana state.