May 022015
 May 2, 2015

marijuana federalBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, along with five other Republicans and six Democrats, has reintroduced legislation to prevent the federal government from criminally prosecuting individuals and/or businesses who are engaging in state-sanctioned activities specific to marijuana.

HR 1094 states, “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provisions of this subchapter related to marihuana shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with State laws relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of marihuana.”

Representative Rohrabacher sponsored a budgetary amendment last year to limit federal interference in states with marijuana regulation schemes. (That provision expires this fall.) However, the Department of Justice has recently claimed that the law does not prevent the government sanctioning individuals or businesses in states where marijuana is legal.

“The American people … have made it clear that federal enforcers should stay out of their personal lives,” Rohrabacher said in a statement upon the bill’s reintroduction late last week. “It’s time for restraint of the federal government’s over-aggressive weed warriors.”

According to national survey data released today by Fox News, 51 percent of registered voters say that they favor “legalizing marijuana.” The figure is an increase of five percentage points since Fox pollsters asked the question in 2013. It is the first time that a majority of respondents have favored legalization in a Fox News sponsored poll. The poll is the latest in a series of national surveys showing majority support for legalizing and regulating marijuana

To learn more about HR 1940, or to contact your elected officials in support of this or other pending legislation, please visit NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here.

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  3 Responses to “House Members Re-Introduce Bill To Prevent Federal Prosecutions Of State-Compliant Marijuana Consumers, Businesses”

  1.  

    This is semi related to the article but extremely important
    PER GIZMODO
    The U.S.has 5% of world’s population but incarcerated 25% of the population for drug offenses. This needs to stop

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      It won’t stop until we do something about laws.

      Every tax, every regulation comes with it an army of bureaucrats and behind that an army (with guns) of enforcers.

      He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

  2.  

    https://youtu.be/k9jLsXbtxuw Congratulations to Puerto Rico on Legalizing Medical Marijuana!

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