First-Ever Federal Bill to Legalize Marijuana

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Left-leaning Democrats and the libertarian wing of the Republican Party have come together to propose the first-ever legislation to legalize marijuana at the federal level.
Representatives Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) have introduced the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011,” which would allow states to determine their own marijuana rules without interference from Washington, DC.
If this change came about, states could choose among banning marijuana entirely, making it medically available, decriminalizing its possession or taxing and regulating it like the government does with alcohol.
Supporters admit that the Frank-Paul bill has little chance of becoming law in the current Congress. But they add the measure represents an important first step towards eventually decriminalizing the drug.
Besides Frank and Paul, other co-sponsors of the bill include Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee), Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California)
Marijuana has been listed as Schedule I controlled substance since 1970, putting it in the same category as heroin, PCP and LSD.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
How to Buy Marijuana Legally in California (by Sidney Finster, AllGov)


Jillian Galloway 13 years ago
on june 17, 1971, president nixon told congress that "if we cannot destroy the drug menace in america, then it will surely destroy us." after forty years of trying to destroy "the drug menace in america" we still *haven't* been able to destroy it and it still *hasn't* destroyed us. four decades is long enough to realize that on this important issue president nixon was wrong! all actions taken as a result of his invalid and paranoid assumptions (e.g. the federal marijuana prohibition) should be ended immediately! it makes no sense for taxpayers to fund the federal marijuana prohibition when it *doesn't* prevent people from using marijuana and it *does* make criminals incredibly wealthy and incite the mexican drug cartels to murder thousands of people every year. we need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason that we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales - to keep unscrupulous black-market criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children. marijuana must be made legal to sell to adults everywhere that alcohol and tobacco are sold.
Ken 13 years ago
this could lead to a chemical romance with designer drugs,
ConservativeChristian 13 years ago
jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. none of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. none of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. it’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana. the current proposal before congresss, bill hr 2306, will remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances while allowing states to decide how they will regulate it. email your congressperson and senators at and ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor of hr 2306. for more info, here’s the usa today article
knowa 13 years ago
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