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Congressmen introduce Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act

Two U.S. congressmen have introduced a bill into the House that would end federal enforcement of marijuana distribution, possession and production. The bill's sponsors say that decriminalizing most marijuana possession, distribution and production on the federal level would save time and tax dollars by turning federal authorities' attention elsewhere and keeping scores of non-violent offenders out of prison for these types of drug crimes.

According to a recent article in It's a Free Country by Stephen Reader, the new bill would leave most marijuana regulation up to individual states. States could decide whether to decriminalize or legalize marijuana or whether to continue to prohibit marijuana all together. States could potentially also make revenue by regulating and taxing marijuana sales.

The bill, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, was introduced by Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Representative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts). The federal government would still enforce laws regarding the passage of marijuana across state borders illegally and would prohibit it from crossing into U.S. borders.

This is the first bill to try to end federal prohibition of marijuana possession, production and distribution. Currently, a few states are trying to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana or legalize the recreational use or production of marijuana but, whatever states do, it is still illegal to possess, produce or distribute marijuana on the federal level. Even medical marijuana remains illegal federally and medical marijuana dispensaries around the country are subject to federal crackdowns. This law would leave most of these decisions about marijuana up to states.


Barney Frank and Ron Paul Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill (It's a Free Country)

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