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Members of Congress to Introduce Historic Legislation Ending Marijuana Prohibi

  1. catseye
    The Legislation, Modeled after the Repeal of Alcohol Prohibition, Comes on the 40th Anniversary of the Failed War on Drugs and on the Heels of a Global Commission Report Recommending Marijuana Legalization

    Teleconference: Rep. Barney Frank and Leading Organizations Working to End the Failed War on Marijuana Explain the Significance of the Legislation

    Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) will introduce bi-partisan legislation tomorrow, June 23, ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference. Other co-sponsors include Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). The legislation would limit the federal government's role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, allowing people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal. The legislation is the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition.

    Leading critics of the war on marijuana will explain its significance for state and national marijuana policy at a national tele-press conference on Thursday.

    What: Tele-Press Conference on the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011

    When: Thursday, June 23. 2:00pm EST / 11am PST


    Representative Barney Frank (D-4th/MA)
    Aaron Houston, executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)
    Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)
    Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
    Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)
    Last week marked the 40th Anniversary of President Nixon declaring a war on marijuana and other drugs. In an oped in the New York Times last week, timed for the 40th Anniversary, former President Jimmy Carter called for reforming marijuana laws.

    The legislation also comes on the heels of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which released a report on June 2 calling for a major paradigm shift in how our society deals with drugs, including calling for legal regulation of marijuana. The report sent a jolt around the world, generating thousands of international media stories. The commission is comprised of international dignitaries including Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations; Richard Branson, entrepreneur, founder of the Virgin Group; and the former Presidents of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Switzerland. Representing the U.S. on the commission are George P. Shultz, Paul Volcker, and John Whitehead.

    46.5% of Californians voted last year to legalize marijuana in their state, and voters in Colorado, Washington and possibly other states are expected to vote on the issue next year. In the past year at least five state legislatures have considered legalizing marijuana, including California, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Washington. 16 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use, but the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to arrest people under federal law and U.S. Attorneys have in recent months sent threatening letters to state policymakers in an apparent attempt to meddle in state decision-making.

    Rep. Frank's legislation would end state/federal conflicts over marijuana policy, reprioritize federal resources, and provide more room for states to do what is best for their own citizens.

    Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or Bill Piper 202-669-6430

    Drug Policy Alliance PRESS RELEASE | 06/22/2011


  1. Khariz
    It's about damn time. It won't pass, but it's a good first step. I hope they keep reintroducing such bills until one finally passes.
  2. Balzafire
    It's beginning to look like people who can actually make things happen have decided to continue chipping away at the drug war laws until they can actually affect change.
    This is great. I am so glad to, at 53 years old, finally see this day arrive.
  3. alienesseINspace
    Good news is always welcomed

    I feel like each state deserves the right to decide if they can collect tax revenue from the greatest cash crop today: marijuana. Taxing a legal sale of marijuana will pay teacher salaries, keep libraries open, and generally benefit the welfare of the state.
  4. Shanty
    Marijuana - Poll: Should it be Legal?

    Poll: Should Marijuana Be Legal?
    Published: Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 | 11:28 AM ET Text Size
    By: CNBC.com

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    If politics makes strange bedfellows, this may be one for the books.

    Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Barney Frank (D-MA) plan to introduce a bill on Thursday that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana.

    The bill by the conservative Paul and liberal Frank would allow states to determine their own marijuana laws —including medical marijuana laws—without federal interference.

    But what do you think? Should marijuana be legal in any form? We'd like to hear from you so take our poll.
    Should Marijuana ever be legal?
    For medical reasons only
    Total Votes: 12856


  5. LordeV
    This is huge. What are the chances of it passing? Who else is supporting it so far? Who will probably go against it?
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