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Members Of Congress To Introduce Historic Legislation Ending Marijuana Prohibition

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Ron PaulThe Legislation, Modeled after the Repeal of Alcohol Prohibition, Comes on the 40th Anniversary of the Failed War on Drugs and on the Heels of a Global Commission Report Recommending Marijuana Legalization

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) will introduce bi-partisan legislation tomorrow, June 23, ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference. Other co-sponsors include Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, allowing people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal. The legislation is the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition.

Jared Polis MarijuanaLast week marked the 40th Anniversary of President Nixon declaring a war on marijuana and other drugs. In an oped in the New York Times last week, timed for the 40th Anniversary, former President Jimmy Carter called for reforming marijuana laws.

The legislation also comes on the heels of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which released a report on June 2 calling for a major paradigm shift in how our society deals with drugs, including calling for legal regulation of marijuana. The report sent a jolt around the world, generating thousands of international media stories. The commission is comprised of international dignitaries including Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations; Richard Branson, entrepreneur, founder of the Virgin Group; and the former Presidents of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Switzerland. Representing the U.S. on the commission are George P. Shultz, Paul Volcker, and John Whitehead.

Washington DC medical marijuana46.5% of Californians voted last year to legalize marijuana in their state, and voters in Colorado, Washington and possibly other states are expected to vote on the issue next year. In the past year at least five state legislatures have considered legalizing marijuana, including California, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Washington. 16 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use, but the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to arrest people under federal law and U.S. Attorneys have in recent months sent threatening letters to state policymakers in an apparent attempt to meddle in state decision-making.

Rep. Frank’s legislation would end state/federal conflicts over marijuana policy, reprioritize federal resources, and provide more room for states to do what is best for their own citizens.

From Drug Policy Alliance

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  1. Ronald Strout on

    According to our federal government,under the Controlled Substances Act.Marijuana is a schedule l illegal drug.Considered by the fed.gov.to be a dangerous,addictive drug.O.k. where’s their proof,evidence,scientific proof that Marijuana or Medical Marijuana is dangerous?Give us the proof of your claims about MM.Show us your scientific evidence that makes Marijuana dangerous and or addictive.Fed.gov.show us statistical data of the deaths from this classified Schedule l dangerous drug.Show us your scientific proof that Medical Marijuana or Marijuana has no Medicinal health benefits,you say it doesn’t prove it.Show us the truth of the claims you have made for years against Marijuana.Show us statistical data on overdose deaths from Marijuana.We want to know why you consider Marijuana a dangerous schedule l drug.Prescription Drugs are killing hundreds of thousands of people each year,Why are prescription drugs not classified under the controlled substances Act.To rational people drugs that are proven to kill people are dangerous.

  2. When you look into our drug policy it is controlled by the political class and their sacred cow of prohibition Even the Drug Czar and the DEA are required by law to block and obstruct any research or legalization efforts, From States such as North Dakota from growing Hemp the most viable plant for ethanol production, to the rescheduling of cannabis from #1 which states has no medical benefits, contrary to the fact that is ,has a history of thousand of years of safe use and mysteriously removed from the US pharmacopia in 1947. To day behind closed door the DEA is handing out permits to big $$pharma$$ company as it controls its own patent on cannabis. Today we have private prison controlling lucrative prison labor, Rivaling even China. Judges that have lost the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence and Our Constitution. criminally misinterpreting these documents, and tillting the scales of justice in the favor of police.