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Marijuana Treated Like Alcohol? Legislation Filed in Senate and House

Thursday, March 30, 2017 8:57
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Originally published at blog.NORML.org

Legalize marijuanaSenator Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis have introduced legislation in the House and Senate — The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act — to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. In addition to removing marijuana from the United States Controlled Substances Act, this legislation also removes enforcement power from the US Drug Enforcement Administration in matter concerning marijuana possession, production, and sales — thus permitting state governments to regulate these activities as they see fit.

Email your members of Congress now and urge them to support this effort.

“The first time introduction of this particular piece of legislation in the US Senate is another sign that the growing public support for ending our failed war on cannabis consumers nationwide is continuing to translate into political support amongst federal officials,” said NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri, “With marijuana legalization being supported by 60% of all Americans while Congress’ approval rating is in the low teens, ending our country’s disastrous prohibition against marijuana would not just be good policy, but good politics.”

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for qualified patients, while eight states now regulate the production and sale of marijuana to all adults. An estimated 63 million Americans now reside in jurisdictions where anyone over the age of 21 may possess cannabis legally. Voters support these policy changes. According to a 2017 Quinnipiac University poll, 59 percent of Americans support full marijuana legalization and 71 percent believe that states, not the federal government, should set marijuana policy. 

“If we are truly going to move our nation towards sensible marijuana policies, the removal of marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act is paramount. Annually, 600,000 Americans are arrested for nothing more than the possession of small amounts of marijuana and now is the time for Congress to once and for all end put an end to the national embarrassment that is cannabis prohibition,” said Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director. “Passing this legislation would end the current conflict between state and federal laws and allow the states to implement more sensible and humane marijuana policies, free from the threat of federal incursion.”

These statewide regulatory schemes are operating largely as voters and politicians intended. The enactment of these policies have not negatively impacted workplace safety, crime rates, traffic safety, or youth use patterns. They have stimulated economic development and tax revenue. Specifically, a 2017 report estimates that 123,000 Americans are now working full-time in the cannabis industry. Tax revenues from states like Colorado, Oregon, and Washington now exceed initial projections. Further, numerous studies have identified an association between cannabis access and lower rates of opioid use, abuse, hospitalizations, and mortality.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

“The federal government must respect the decision Oregonians made at the polls and allow law-abiding marijuana businesses to go to the bank just like any other legal business.” Senator Ron Wyden said. “This three-step approach will spur job growth and boost our economy all while ensuring the industry is being held to a fair standard.”

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO)

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO)

“Colorado has proven that allowing responsible adults to legally purchase marijuana, gives money to classrooms, not cartels; creates jobs, not addicts; and boosts our economy, not our prison population,” Representative Jared Polis said. “Now, more than ever, it is time we end the federal prohibition on marijuana and remove barriers for states’ that have chosen to legalize marijuana.  This budding industry can’t afford to be stifled by the Trump administration and its mixed-messages about marijuana.  The cannabis industry, states’, and citizens deserve leadership when it comes to marijuana.”

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

“As more states follow Oregon’s leadership in legalizing and regulating marijuana, too many people are trapped between federal and state laws,” Representative Earl Blumenauer said. “It’s not right, and it’s not fair. We need change now – and this bill is the way to do it.”

The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color.

By contrast, regulating the adult use of marijuana stimulates economic growth, saves lives, and has the support of the majority of the majority of Americans. 

Send a message to your members of Congress urging them to support the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act



Source: http://blog.norml.org/2017/03/30/marijuana-treated-like-alcohol-legislation-filed-in-senate-and-house/

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  • AntiqueWhite

    more like the old bush Nazi drug family is dying off add trump won in January . add this to the 29 state and 8 state who made weed legal and you can see this bill becoming law at a national level .

    i do not support smoking weed to get high? but its not my decision. yet the fact are clear weed its CBD oil its isolated 82 turpentine, and THC all proven to cure some cancers stop many illness profiles and if implemented will pull the USA out of debt along with the sale of all federal held properties!

    weed is the new fiber, protein , oils. the fiber can replace cotton, the protein can feed the earth, the oil can fuel our vehicles! all clean all green :mrgreen:

    if you add all of this together its clear we need this plant for medicine, food, fuel, fiber! its a no brainier!

    everyone has CBD receptors in there brain and organs that we know of now!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jznQfMj9RWM&t=41s

  • ItsEverywhere

    They need to legalize on the Federal Level. Even in States where it is legal for medical use, chronic pain patients cannot use it if they need other prescription pain meds. All the Doctors that prescribe pharmaceuticals will not write prescriptions if their patients choose to use medical marijuana. It’s either or, not both, because the Feds hold the purse strings. Class 1 Narcotic??? Give me a break!!!

  • Dave 1963

    Staitva helps with deppresion and makes you want to get up and mow the yard. Indica helps with pain and makes you want to chill out. CBD helps prevent seizures. THCV helps control appetite.

    The only people who benefit from prohibition are drug companies, judges, lawyers, bondsmen, and private prisons. It’s time to stop the madness! Legalize!

  • No Body

    i challenge the highest courts and judges in the world to a game of “SKULL & CONES” for every glass of vodka the opponent must have 5 cones.lets see who’s still standing and coherent at the end.
    they’ll be dead on the floor, while i’m still smoking more.
    weed dangerous my ass.
    dangerous in the way of free thinking.

  • No Body

    Also if they the federal mafia writes its own laws legalizing marijuana for big pharma and themselves to become drug dealers wouldn’t that make the western world’s prisons “”"FULL OF POLITICAL PRISONERS”"”.

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