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Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Halt Federal Interference In State Marijuana Laws

  1. Phungushead
    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.


    November 30, 2012

    Paul Armentano
    http://blog.norml.org/2012/11/30/co...federal-interference-in-state-marijuana-laws/
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    Bill Text:

    112TH CONGRESS 2D SESSION

    H. R. 6606
    To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide that Federal law shall not preempt State law.

    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    NOVEMBER 27, 2012

    Ms. DEGETTE (for herself, Mr. COFFMAN of Colorado, Mr. PAUL, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. BLUMENAUER, Mr. FARR, Ms. LEE of California, Mr. POLIS, Mr. COHEN, and Mr. GRIJALVA) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

    A BILL
    To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide that Federal law shall not preempt State law.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
    This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2012’’.

    SEC. 2. IN GENERAL.
    Section 708 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 903) is amended—
    (1) by striking ‘‘No provision’’ and inserting
    (a) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in subsection (b), no provision’’; and
    (2) by adding at the end the following:
    (b) SPECIAL RULE REGARDING STATE MARIHUANA LAWS.—
    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.’’.

Comments

  1. kumar420
    Re: Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Halt Federal Interference In State Marijuana L

    Excellent post, good to see there are MP's out there who don't have it in for the legalisation movement. Its probably going to take many groups like this one for legalization to stick in the US. Lets just hope the DEA sticks to the new regulations in the applicable states.
  2. quickiB
    Re: Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Halt Federal Interference In State Marijuana L

    Since it's America, it would be "representatives" or "congressmen". Even so, this is an excellent blow to both prohibition and the overreaching power of the central government. After all, the seeds of change sprout and flourish at the local/state levels.
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