Marijuana Legislation | HR 2306
Yep – that’s right – Barney Frank [D] and Ron Paul, [R] – have proposed a bill that won’t do away with laws regulating marijuana entirely – BUT – it DOES end the FEDERAL BAN on pot!
This is HUGE – if POT is no longer a “Federally Controlled Substance” – FINALLY and we mean, FINALLY – both States and OPERATORS of legal collectives, clubs and delivery services can get “down to business” without the spector of the FEDs showing up – uprooting everything set-up to support local medical marijuana patients!
” … the MPP and The Los Angeles Times, [and others] claim it is the first legislation of its kind to be proposed in Congress that would end the 73-year-old federal marijuana prohibition that began with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 … ” writes CBS News …
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Reported in LA Times:
Marijuana laws should be set at the state, not federal, level, Reps. Ron Paul and Barney Frankargued in a bill they introduced Thursday.
The goal of the bill, HR 2306, is not to legalize marijuana but to remove it from the list of federally controlled substances while allowing states to decide how they will regulate it.
“I do not advocate urging people to smoke marijuana. Neither do I urge them to drink alcoholic beverages or smoke tobacco,” said Frank (D-Mass.). “But in none of these cases do I think prohibition enforced by criminal sanctions is good public policy.
“Criminally prosecuting adults for making the choice to smoke marijuana is a waste of law enforcement resources and an intrusion on personal freedom,” he added.
Frank admitted in a conference call Thursday that he didn’t think the bill had a chance of passing, but according to Reason’s Hit & Run blog, the congressman was “particularly struck by the hypocrisy of public officials who will themselves talk about smoking marijuana, wink at it, and then make it criminal for other people,” which leads to “a very discriminatory pattern of enforcement.”
[ed note: KEYMASTER [R-TEXAS] LAMAR SMITH – SAYS “HIS” PANEL WON’T CONSIDER IT – because the FDA has no “approved” use – that hasn’t stopped them from considering other items that are not endorsed by FDA]
The bill appears [DOA] doomed on arrival, according to the Associated Press, which reported that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith said his panel, which the proposed law is required to venture through, would not even consider it.
“Marijuana use and distribution is prohibited under federal law because it has a high potential for abuse and does not have an accepted medical use in the U.S.,” said Smith, who like Paul is a Texas Republican. “The Food and Drug Administration has not approved smoked marijuana for any condition or disease.”
as reported on CBS: