Representatives Jared Polis of Colorado and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon introduced two legislative measures that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana and permit for the regulated production, retail sales of cannabis to adults in states that have legalized its consumption.
“We are in the process of a dramatic shift in the marijuana policy landscape,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “Public attitude, state law, and established practices are all creating irreconcilable difficulties for public officials at every level of government. We want the federal government to be a responsible partner with the rest of the universe of marijuana interests while we address what federal policy should be regarding drug taxation, classification, and legality.”
Blumenauer’s office said Monday that tax revenue from the new regulations should be in the ballpark of $20 billion per year, which he recommends allocating towards “law enforcement, substance abuse treatment and the national debt.”
The New Legislation would make marijuana legal in the States that have laws on record.
This would eliminate the conflict between State laws and Federal laws. It would change the Marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug and be listed under Title 27 of the US Code, alongside the provisions for intoxicating beverages.
The DEA would no longer be enforcing marijuana law and that would be turned over
to Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for taxation and regulation.
If you live in a state that passed laws allowing people to grow their own to grow for personal use, you would be allowed to do so under federal and state law. Federal permits and taxation would apply to commercial marijuana growers.
We still have a long way to go, California State Supreme Court ruled that having a medical marijuana prescription was not grounds for protection against termination after failing a Drug Test.
The DEA, the courts, the jails and The US Government have been making millions off of marijuana prohibition and they are not going to easily give that money up. Enforcing Marijuana Prohibition costs taxpayers an estimated $10 billion annually. And in 2011 over 750,000 people were arrested because of marijuana laws. More than all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
Make sure you call your Senators and say you support Representatives Jared Polis and Earl Blumenauer’s new Bill.