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‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’ Introduced In Congress

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 12, 2013

    United States Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with a bipartisan coalition of three Republicans (Reps. Rohrabacher, Rep. Justin Amash [R-MI], and Don Young [R-AK]) and three Democrats (Reps. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR], Steve Cohen [D-TN] and Jared Polis [D-CO]) today introduced House Bill 1523: the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act.

    The measure would amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to exempt from federal prosecution individuals and businesses, including marijuana dispensaries and/or retail outlets, who comply with state marijuana laws.

    “This bipartisan bill represents a common-sense approach that establishes federal government respect for all states’ marijuana laws,” Rohrabacher said in a news release. “It does so by keeping the federal government out of the business of criminalizing marijuana activities in states that don’t want it to be criminal.”

    The proposal is one of several marijuana law reform bills now pending before the United States Congress, including House Resolution 499: The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, House Bill 689: the States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, and Senate Bill 359: the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013.

    53 Responses to “‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’ Introduced In Congress”

    1. Anonymous says:

      Hope they bring it to a vote, we need to know how each of these guys voted.

    2. g says:

      Kinda sounds like federalism, doesn’t it.

      Someone alert the GOP!

    3. Galileo Galilei says:

      Kinda sounds like federalism, doesn’t it.

      Someone alert the GOP!

    4. jimmy says:

      please oh please, dont let capital hill screw this up too!

    5. Ben says:

      This should either:

      – be implemented IMMEDIATELY

      or

      + cause national cannabis legalization to accelerate in becoming cemented into effect

      either way – GREAT START.

      —–

      now, regarding the Brookings Institute: Marijuana Policy

      I hope this really adds momentum

    6. George Bush VIIIIII says:

      What do these people have to say when their fellow suits up on cap.hill.gov.tax.me start entering legislation to end prohibition? I mean, how you sit there and not realize that it will soon come to an end, but still be dumb enough to vote against it knowing very soon you will be the bad guy who didn’t wanna help dying people?

    7. jage says:

      God i hope this passes. The states will start jumping on board one by one. God bless normel and all the supporters here Keep pushing them or vote them out I can not wait for the freedom.

    8. PHOT OTC:BB says:

      We live in the United States of America. The people have voted and the polls show an enormous swing for national decriminalization and other hands off by Feds. If they don’t have the common sense to keep people out of jail in one state over the other for a puff of a joint? Well, its time we vote them outta their jobs. Half the politicians guzzle down alcohol and vote for prohibition of a less dangerous drug actusally proved to heal ailments. Who’s in charge? Really

    9. jsosby says:

      I hope some type of reform law is passed soon . The amount of money that is wasted prosecuting people and sending them to prison or putting them on probation is unreal !The so called war on drugs is a joke !!!

    10. trojan72 says:

      **ALERT**
      FOR THE LAST 76 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF “A POLICE DRUG CARTEL SCANDAL”
      (local, county, state, federal, cia, military and homeland security, patrol, etc.)
      I’ll bet if everyone just stopped buying any amount of marijuana on 4-20 and just quit for several months, that you would stop the money flow into government cartels pocketbook.
      WHAT IS GOING ON IS THERE ARE COUNTLESS NUMBERS OF GOVERNMENT SCUMBAGS OUT THERE GETTING RICH AS HELL BY KEEPING THIS SO-CALLED WAR ON DRUGS ALIVE.THAT IS THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM.
      SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT IT BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. Can’t you people see between the lines? {the government is getting rich off of the marijuana and they don’t want us to know about it!)
      So they now ramp up failed drug war tactics and policies and build more prisions. I can look up and see those corrupted scoundrels drooling at the mouth, and foaming at the mouth for more and more of your hard earned dollars. FOAMING AT THE MOUTH WITH GREED. GREED, GOVERNMENT SCOUNDRALISM, POLITICAL CORRUPTION. HOW LONG ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THIS PEOPLE? Please comment and carry forward – Onward Ho!
      ***!!!End Cannabis Prohibition!!!***

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