Thursday Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) will introduce federal legislation to decriminalize marijuana. The bill will allow states to legalize, tax, regulate and control marijuana without federal interference.
Other co-sponsors include numerous House Democrats: 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.
Wednesday Rep. Barbara Lee issued the following statement:
The human cost of the failed drug war has been enormous — egregious racial disparities, shattered families, poverty, public health crises, prohibition-related violence, and the erosion of civil liberties. And of course the cost in dollars and cents has been staggering as well — over a trillion dollars spent to incarcerate tens of millions of young people. I co-sponsored this bipartisan legislation because I believe it is time to turn the page from this failed drug war.
Neill Franklin, a former Baltimore narcotics cop and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, released the following statement Wednesday:
“Clearly the ‘war on drugs’ has failed, and nowhere is that more clear than with respect to marijuana. It baffles me that we arrest nearly 800,000 people on marijuana charges in this country each and every year at taxpayer expense when we could instead be taking in new tax revenue from legal and regulated marijuana sales. Making marijuana illegal hasn’t prevented anyone from using it, but it has created a huge funding source that funnels billions of dollars in tax-free profits to violent drug cartels and gangs. More and more cops now agree: Legalizing marijuana will improve public safety.”
Wednesday’s relevant Twitter stream was mostly favorable to the prospect of a federal decriminalization of marijuana. The following is a sample of relevant tweets:
Frank and Paul to introduce measure to legalize marijuana. Recall that taxation of alcohol was a very successful program of Roosevelt’s.
Yes, you heard correctly, the first-ever marijuana legalization bill will be introduced this week! Stay tuned for details!
Barney Frank and Ron Paul will Introduce Legislation on Thursday to Fully Legalize Marijuana
Happy to see there’s legislation going forward to fully legalize marijuana. I cannot believe it’s taken this long.
It’s a +15 billion industry. If the government took over the marijuana industry at that amount of money we could pay any DEBT lol
#sweet! They talkin bout legalizing marijuana! I know yu pot headz happy
What do you think? Will the Fed have the courage to free the weed?