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First Federal Measure Since 1937 To Legalize The Adult Use Of Marijuana —Bipartisan Coalition Backs The ‘Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011’

House lawmakers introduced legislation in Congress today to end the federal criminalization of the personal use of marijuana.

The bipartisan measure, HR 2306 ‘Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011‘ and sponsored by Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank and Texas Republican Ron Paul along with Reps. Cohen (D-TN), Conyers (D-MI), Polis (D-CO), and Lee (D-CA) — prohibits the federal government from prosecuting adults who use or possess marijuana by removing the plant and its primary psychoactive constituent, THC, from the five schedules of the United States Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Under present law, all varieties of the marijuana plant are defined as illicit Schedule I controlled substances, defined as possessing ‘a high potential for abuse,’ and ‘no currently accepted medical use in treatment.’

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The ‘Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act’ seeks to federally deregulate the personal possession and use of marijuana by adults. It marks the first time that members of Congress have introduced legislation to eliminate the federal criminalization of marijuana since the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.

Language in this Act mimics changes enacted by Congress to repeal the federal prohibition of alcohol. Passage of this measure would remove the existing conflict between federal law and the laws of thosesixteen states that allow for the limited use of marijuana under a physicians’ supervision. It would also allow state governments that wish to fully legalize and regulate the responsible use, possession, production, and intrastate distribution of marijuana for all adults to be free to do so without federal interference.

Speaking today at a press conference in support of the measure, NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said, “The federal criminalization of marijuana has failed to reduce the public’s demand or access to cannabis, and it has imposed enormous fiscal and human costs upon the American people. It is time to end this failed public policy and to provide state governments with the freedom to enact alternative strategies — such as medicalization, decriminalization, and/or legalization — without running afoul of the federal law or the whims of the Department of Justice.”

NORML, along with representatives from the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA),Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), and the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), worked closely with members of Congress in drafting the measure.

 

 

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  • BongTherapy

    Thank you :} Ron Paul 2012. We need our freedom and peace back, Ron is our man. <3 Peace and Love.. Ron Paul.

  • A huge step forward to be sure.

  • seabourne

    Help the bill pass – Sign the petition to “Change the Schedule of Cannabis, Cannabis Laws, and Drug Czar Laws”.

    Read and sign the petition at
    http://www.change.org/petitions/change-the-schedule-of-cannabis-cannabis-laws-and-drug-czar-laws

    Each signature sends an email petition letter to both Senators and the House Representative of the signer. After you sign send an email invite, share on facebook or twitter from the petition page.

    Be sure your Representatives know you want change!

  • Kaphen DePriest

    Time to put your money where it will count.

    Donate a couple of bucks to Ron Paul.

    http://www.ronpaul2012.com

  • Well I can’t promise we will be the best but we will be all over any new information. We have covered it pretty well so far i think. Only three stories about it in 2 days;)

  • Mike

    This is awesome! Write your representative today to show your support and ask them to cosponsor this bill! There’s a site that makes it easy: http://www.nomoredrugwar.org

  • BongTherapy

    I can not wait for updates. :} Anyone know the best site for updates? Could this site be one?