Marijuana Law Reform Bills to be Introduced at Both State and Federal Level
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#2 Nov 21, 2012
I say yes lets pass a bill to make it legal for all it cost 7.7 billion per year for the war on drugs for each state with almost 900,000 jailed for laws that don't work.
If marijuana were legal today we would bring in 6.6 Billion in taxes each year .
This is a huge amount of tax money for states to use for projects . Let the will of the people stand almost half of the states in the u.s has some type of legal marijuana 18 states and counting we only have 50 states and more are putting in place new bills each day now that others has made it legal drug for everyone not just medical use. Its time to stop putting our neighbors in prison for something like marijuana that is a substance god put here not man.
End the war on marijuana www.norml.org
#3 Nov 23, 2012
I agree, AND I have been a member of NORML since 1973.
#4 Nov 24, 2012
Kim thank you for supporting normal and keep faith I would love to do a rally right here in the area maybe we can start one if you have a interest.
#5 Nov 24, 2012
The message from our big wins on Election Day has already begun to reverberate around the nation. Right on the heels of the votes in Washington and Colorado, several other states (and countries!) are already beginning to consider similar measures in their legislature.
Last week, representatives from Maine and Rhode Island announced their intentions to introduce legislation that would tax and regulate marijuana in their respective states. Rep. Diane Russell of Maine and Rep. Edit Ajello from Rhode Island will be submitting these bills soon. Reports from Marijuana Policy Project indicated that Vermont and Massachusetts intend to follow suit.
Reform is spreading as far as Iowa. Today, Rep. Bruce Hunter announced his intentions of not only reintroducing his medical marijuana measure, but also a bill that would decriminalize the possession of cannabis.
The push for sensible reforms does not end at the state level, this week 18 members of the House of Representatives cosigned a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder and Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart urging them to respect states that chose to experiment with new approaches to marijuana. You can read the full text of the letter here.
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) also declared that she will soon introduce legislation, entitled the Respect States and Citizens Rights Act, which would exempt states where voters have legalized cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act provisions related to the substance.
Leaders outside of the United States have also been following these recent reform efforts closely. Uruguay has just introduced legislation into their congress that would legalize the possession, cultivation, and state-controlled production of marijuana. In Mexico, lawmaker Fernando Belaunzaran of Party of the Democratic Revolution has introduced legislation that also aims to legalize the production, sale and use of marijuana.
Now that two states have legalized marijuana, the floodgates of reform have opened and each day more Americans, and people around the globe, are waking up to the reality that the prohibition of marijuana has been an utter failure. The statement delivered by the voters of Colorado and Washington is that we must regulate marijuana and do away with the societal ills caused by prohibition. Further, it showed that if the government isnt willing to take the first step, the people will do it for them. We can only hope this recent wave of reform measures is just the beginning and we must work diligently to spread these rational policies nationwide. If history is any indication, like alcohol prohibition before it, the one on marijuana will crumble at an accelerated rate as more Americans continue to stand up, in growing numbers, and demand sensible marijuana policy.
Ruminating on the domino effect of change, President Eisenhower once stated,You have a row of dominoes set up, you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is the certainty that it will go over very quickly.
May it be so with marijuana legalization.
#6 Nov 24, 2012
It will be easier for China to take us over if everyone is high.
#7 Dec 6, 2012
H.R.2306 - Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011
Amends the Controlled Substances Act so that marijuana would no longer be considered a scheduled drug, allowing states to establish their own laws and regulations. All federal penalties for production, distribution and possession of the drug would be repealed. The only federal authority that would remain would be prevention of marijuana traveling over state borders in violation of the individual states' laws.
#8 Dec 8, 2012
US patent 6630507 or 7109245
yes its funny that our gov holds the patent please go read it says in the patent that it has medical value interesting but
yet they try to say it don't so they can continue to arrest then why the hell does our u.s gov hold a patent lol
Lets end this war www.normal.org
#9 Dec 19, 2012
The Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform & Education or Ga. C.A.R.E. Project, will host a press conference at the Georgia state capitol Monday at 11 a.m. to announce the campaigns mission. A project of the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, founders James Bell and Ron Williams have supported and advocated for law reform for 25 years.
Bell said this is the first time in the 25 years Georgia has considered law reform legislation and the time is right to focus on the states antiquated marijuana laws.
We applaud Gov. Nathan Deal and the legislature for their courageous efforts to reform ineffective and costly laws we can no longer afford to sustain, Bell said. In a news release.Decades of get tough on drugs legislation has cost taxpayer billions and has done little to solve real crime problems.
The Georgia C.A.R.E. Projects agenda will focus on a four point plan to;
1. Establish a special study committee to focus specifically on marijuana laws;
2. Reschedule the classification of marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II or lower;
3. Modernize Georgias medical marijuana access laws to allow for legal medical marijuana by doctor prescription or recommendation;
4. Decriminalize a personal use amount to eliminate prosecution and incarceration;
Ron Williams, a reform activist, said 18 states have allowed medical marijuana and two state have now legalized personal use amounts.
Those states have led the way to show that we can decriminalize and medicalize marijuana and bring this substance under regulation and control without affecting public safety and save taxpayers dollars. Its time to focus on this issue.
The campaign has set up an educational website and Facebook page to connect with the public, media and lawmakers.
Earlier this month, a crowd of hundreds gathered to light up joints under the Space Needle in Seattle as recreational marijuana use officially became legal in the state of Washington.
A similar scene is likely to unfold on the streets of Denver in a couple of weeks as Colorados marijuana legalization law goes into effect.
In Washington, it is now legal for people to possess up to one ounce of the drug, which is illegal in most states, including Georgia. While the new state law in Washington doesnt usurp federal laws that criminalize marijuana use, local cops are no longer going to give people age 21 and up a hard time for lighting up a joint in the privacy of their own homes. The public display at the Space Needle technically remains illegal, but police in that state decided to let it fly on the morning pot smoking became legal there.
Cops in Washington seem to be taking a rather nonchalant approach to the new state rules, too. The Seattle Police Department has issued some interesting directives to its officers.
Police spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee is quoted on the Huffington Post as saying, "The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a `Lord of the Rings' marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to."
He also quoted the cult classic film "The Big Lebowski":The Dude abides, and says `take it inside!' "
Colorados law goes into effect on Jan. 5. Washington state, the Post says, anticipates the new law will bring millions of dollars into the states coffers as regulations begin to go into place.
#10 Mar 16, 2013
Representative Nancy Pelosi: I Think State Marijuana Laws Have to Be Respected; I Think Tax and Regulate
In an interview with the Denver Post, published this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke about the marijuana legalization initiatives passed in Colorado and Washington in November.
When asked,What are the measures in Washington (DC) that might address states that legalize marijuana and what is your view of federal policy?, Minority Leader Pelosi expressed her support of state laws regarding marijuana and encouraged a tax and regulate policy:
Q: What are the measures in Washington (DC) that might address states that have taken steps to legalize marijuana and what is your view of the federal role?
Rep. Pelosi: I support the leadership of Jared Polis, who has been a leader on this issue as well as other members..I understand some of the Republican members support the law now that is passed, even if they didnt before.
But in any case, to answer your question, what is my position regarding the states that have medical marijuana or recreational marijuana as the law of their states: I think that has to be respected. I think tax and regulate.
In order to do that, there has to be a level of respect for the fact, that if you are going to have recreational marijuana, someone is in business to do that and they have to have tax treatment in order for them to function as a business.
How the state of Colorado interacts with the federal government on the taxation issues is something they have to work out, but I think they should.
You can view the full interview here.
Representative Pelosi now joins the growing list of prominent politicians who are coming out in support of rational marijuana policy. Take a minute of your time and click here to easily contact your Representative and urge him or her to support Representative Polis legislation, HR 499: The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, and put an end to our nations war on cannabis consumers
#11 Mar 18, 2013
As a senior citizen pot smoker, I have always thought it was insane to ruin a person's life by prosecuting someone for have marijuana for personal use.
I would probably lose my job if it were known that I smoke pot. I am a respected professional who just happens to have smoked pot for 40 years.
Having been around a lot of alcoholics who consider themselves social drinkers, I'll take a pot smokers hands down.
Anyone who disagrees with legalizing marijuana just simply doesn't know the facts and have been brainwashed by law enforcement.
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