Congressional Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Halt Federal Interference In State Marijuana Laws

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director November 30, 2012

    United States Representatives have introduced bipartisan legislation in Congress — House Bill 6606, The Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2012 — to amend the US Controlled Substances Act to provide that federal law shall not preempt state marijuana laws.

    The measure is sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado, and is co-sponsored by Reps. Blumenauer (OR), Coffman (CO), Cohen (TN), Farr (CA), Frank (MA), Grijalva (AZ), Lee (CA), Paul (TX), and Polis (CO). It has been referred to Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

    “I am proud to join with colleagues from both sides of the aisle on the ‘Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act’ to protect states’ rights and immediately resolve any conflict with the federal government,” said Rep. DeGette in a prepared statement. “In Colorado we’ve witnessed the aggressive policies of the federal government in their treatment of legal medicinal marijuana providers. My constituents have spoken and I don’t want the federal government denying money to Colorado or taking other punitive steps that would undermine the will of our citizens.”

    Added Rep. Polis, “The people of Colorado and Washington voted in overwhelming numbers to regulate the sale of marijuana. Colorado officials and law enforcement are already working to implement the will of Colorado voters, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress and officials in the administration to deliver clear guidance that ensures the will of the people is protected.”

    House Bill 6606 states, “In the case of any State law that pertains to marihuana, no provision of this title shall be construed as indicating an intent on the part of the Congress to occupy the field in which that provision operates, including criminal penalties, to the exclusion of State law on the same subject matter, nor shall any provision of this title be construed as preempting any such State law.”

    While it is unlikely that members of Congress will address this measure in the final days of the 112th session, it is anticipated that Representatives will reintroduce the measure in 2013.

    Please visit NORML’s ‘Take Action’ page for updates on contacting your members of Congress regarding The Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2012.


    39 responses to “Congressional Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Halt Federal Interference In State Marijuana Laws”

    1. ASYA CARTER says:

      My legitimate medical grow was conficsted Sept. 13, 2012…I have been unable to replace my lights and I have not had and pain medicine in several months…I am getting along poorly. Please help…….

    2. Robolini says:

      Sponsoring / introducing does not mean squot .

    3. Adam says:

      Pass this bill immediately!!

    4. Derik g says:

      People write your rep. The more letters they get the better!

    5. The Owl says:

      When all this mumbo jumbo blows off and people are free some smoke. We really need to work on making green dragon taste better.

    6. The Owl says:

      Typo: Sorry

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    8. phrtao says:

      If this bill passes (has it got a chance ?) then marijuana is going to be legal pretty much everywhere in the US and worldwide and soon !
      If this passes you guys really have won !

      Any political commentary available on this bill and it’s chances ?

    9. Snake says:

      Hey, American politicians, guess what? Next election, whoever supports marijuana decriminalization wins. It’s a done deal.