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 March 13, 2013

Federal marijuana nancy pelosi tax regulateBy Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director

In an interview with the Denver Post, published this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke about the marijuana legalization initiatives passed in Colorado and Washington in November.

When asked, “What are the measures in Washington (DC) that might address states that legalize marijuana and what is your view of federal policy?,” Minority Leader Pelosi expressed her support of state laws regarding marijuana and encouraged a tax and regulate policy:

Q: What are the measures in Washington (DC) that might address states that have taken steps to legalize marijuana and what is your view of the federal role?

Rep. Pelosi: I support the leadership of Jared Polis, who has been a leader on this issue as well as other members..I understand some of the Republican members support the law now that is passed, even if they didn’t before.

But in any case, to answer your question, what is my position regarding the states that have medical marijuana or recreational marijuana as the law of their states: I think that has to be respected. I think tax and regulate.

In order to do that, there has to be a level of respect for the fact, that if you are going to have recreational marijuana, someone is in business to do that and they have to have tax treatment in order for them to function as a business.

How the state of Colorado interacts with the federal government on the taxation issues is something they have to work out, but I think they should.

You can view the full interview here.

Representative Pelosi now joins the growing list of prominent politicians who are coming out in support of rational marijuana policy. Take a minute of your time and click here to easily contact your Representative and urge him or her to support Representative Polis’ legislation, HR 499: The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, and put an end to our nation’s war on cannabis consumers.

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  • Johnny Bloomington

    All talk no action…

  • Fester

    All talk is still a lot better then what we would have gotten a few years ago. Rep Pelosi knows that California is up next for legalization and that the majority of her constituents are for tax and regulate.

    • Johnny Bloomington

      Maybe, but hopefully a vote on one of these legalization bills in congress would make Cali’s constituents even happier.

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    I’m with Johnny – all talk.

    The Republicans at least have a hemp bill in the Senate with two Democrat co-sponsors. That is action. Even if it is a small action.

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    And the Democrats did their work poorly on HR499.Only one Republican co-sponsor. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA-48]. No one from Colorado or Washington State. Pitiful.