Gardner Votes for Criminal Justice Reform

Will Continue to Push for Marijuana Reform through the States Act


Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the Senate's passage of sweeping criminal justice reform legislation, the First Step Act:


"After years of bipartisan work, the Senate took a monumental step forward to reform our nation's criminal justice system," said Senator Gardner. "Although I thought my amendment that would have ensured each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders should have been included in this criminal justice reform package, I still supported the final measure because it will have a real impact on how we help people reenter society after they have served their sentence. The Senate proved Tuesday night that we can accomplish big goals if we work together on behalf of the American people, and I hope we can continue this bipartisan spirit of cooperation. I will continue to push for my bipartisan STATES Act to receive a vote in the Senate, but I'm proud of what we were able to accomplish on Tuesday."


Gardner introduced an amendment earlier this week to protect state decisions across the country with respect to regulating marijuana. You can watch his speech on the Senate floor about the amendment here



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.