Marijuana Treated Like Alcohol? Legislation Filed In Senate and House

  • by NORML March 30, 2017

    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

    42 responses to “Marijuana Treated Like Alcohol? Legislation Filed In Senate and House”

    1. Matt says:

      Great work, Congressmen, keep these CRITICAL bills coming! But we need to HURRY and get them passed! More later

    2. Ron Mires says:

      Lord please let it be. Joy to the world

    3. Brett Alvens says:

      Do it!

    4. It is a start.. My State and many are failing seriously ill… DE schedule, allow people to grow. People make their own beer and wine and it has not touched alcohol sales/profit. No 90 day wait either. A very sick person should not be forced to wait 90 days for Cannabis. I am dying.. It is my body and it should be my choice. I can not afford it. Please help me believe my comfort/quality of life matters. I need compassion. I should be able to do what ever it takes to be pain free. Thank You

      • At present a family could be smoking cannabis and have their children seized yet the family could be having a party with alcohol, smoking tobacco and even drinking caffeine, all much more dangerous than cannabis and it’s all legal and advertised over and over as the jfun thing to do,

        The combined alcohol, tobacco and caffeine industries have the government in their pocket yet mention the word marijuana and police galore will show up with guns and handcuff will show up. Cannabis has never taken a human mammal life, not even a dog mammal life yet alcohol has taken many millions of lives and continues taking them daily, tobacco and caffeine also takes lives and cannabis has been proven to help lives and that is a fact.

        In 2004 I had an aneurysm in the base of my brain and I was given the pill Dilantin and I took them for 4 months and was living the listed side effects and they were literally killing me. I found a university study showings that cannabis dilates the users bodily organs helping to avoid a stroke.

        It’s also known that nicotine and caffeine constrict bodily organs while alcohol eats them.

        Allowing fascism into our country for self profit is a disease, denying proper medical treatmen5 that does not have dangerous side effects such as cannabis would be an intelligent blessing.

        As for recreational cannabis users, I have been one since 1967 and our doctor of 35 years I have seen him once for a non medical problem. I did have a stroke which my mother passed away from. When I woke up in the hospital I did not have any restrictions in my body, just ask my neurosurgeon, Dr. Robert F. Spetzler. Also never had a flu shot, I may get a cold from time to time but I seem to be using my human mammal defenses to keep well.

        I was born in the summer of 1942 and at 120 lbs, my current weight I can outwork many others.

    5. ANN TOPMILLER says:

      REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!! NOVEMBER 2018 VOTE THE REPUBLICAN COMMUNIST LOVERS OUT OF CONGRESS. Meanwhile….let’s get the marijuana laws changed so that people in ALL FIFTY STATES can use this God-given plant for medical or recreational reasons. Get BIG PHARM out of our pockets.

    6. Idaho is always last bit it doesn’t help when our Governor takes $30,000 bribes from pharmaceutical companies. Govoner Otter you are a disgrace!!! People need atleast medical.

      • saferinneworleans says:

        The cowboy governor is in the liquor business, selling sickness and death and destroying families. He does not want any competition. No matter, just pay your taxes west of the state line.

    7. Mark Mitcham says:

      The idea to regulate marijuana like alcohol sets a social benchmark.

      Pharmaceutically, alcohol and cannabis are as different as night and day; but culturally, we wish to draw a line, and say that we have no less right to use cannabis than we do alcohol, as a matter of basic fairness.

      Of course, it’s about much more than that — medicine, the environment, the economy, civil rights, human rights.

      But we start here because, as a society, here we are — it’s a social consensus on a line in the sand.

    8. Miles says:

      It would be fantastic for our country to finally move towards a bit of sanity regarding cannabis! I think regulating it in a similar manner to that of alcohol is something a majority of Americans can get behind.

    9. phrtao says:

      Why not treat alcohol like marijuana? Think about it – if alcohol is as dangerous as cannabis then maybe we should exercise the same caution with it :-
      No advertising
      Not sold anywhere but specialist shops
      Limits on the number of places it is sold
      No public consumption
      Minimum distance from schools
      Limits on how much an individual can possess
      No transport over state or national boundaries

      That’s what we should be arguing for ! If they don’t like their alcohol being treated like that then they should not persecute cannabis users any more either.

      • Miles says:

        I think we should take whatever we are able to get after many decades of them (primarily the feds) treating us with great disrespect and hostility.

        Of course we could argue that it is safer than alcohol, indeed safer than 99% of big pharma’s products. But arguing to try to get something more than what might be on the table is probably futile and will end up with things staying the same.

        As an example of what I mean: Suppose you are walking down the street and a stranger offers to give you $1000. You would prefer that stranger give you $10,000 and refuse the lower offer. What do you think would happen? You would walk away with nothing. It would be much better to take that $1000 and perhaps try to get more in the future.

    10. vickia 52 says:

      when is the vote and where does it go from there?