Bill Introduced in Congress Would Fix MMJ Conflict

Apr 12, 2013

A bill intro­duced in Con­gress on Fri­day would fix the con­flict between the fed­eral government’s mar­i­juana pro­hi­bi­tion and state laws that allow med­ical or recre­ational use. Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said his bill, which has three Repub­li­can and three Demo­c­ra­tic spon­sors, would assure that state laws on pot are respected by the feds. The mea­sure would amend the Con­trolled Sub­stances Act to make clear that indi­vid­u­als and busi­nesses, includ­ing mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries, who com­ply with state mar­i­juana laws are immune from fed­eral pros­e­cu­tion. “This bipar­ti­san bill rep­re­sents a common-sense approach that estab­lishes fed­eral gov­ern­ment respect for all states’ mar­i­juana laws,” Rohrabacher said in a news release. “It does so by keep­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment out of the busi­ness of crim­i­nal­iz­ing mar­i­juana activ­i­ties in states that don’t want it to be crim­i­nal.” Eigh­teen states and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia have med­ical mar­i­juana laws, and two states, Wash­ing­ton and Col­orado, last fall became the first to pass laws legal­iz­ing, tax­ing and reg­u­lat­ing mar­i­juana. The U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment has not said how it intends to respond to the Wash­ing­ton and Col­orado votes. It could sue to block legal pot sales from ever hap­pen­ing, on the grounds they con­flict with fed­eral law. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has said going after mar­i­juana users in states where it’s legal is not a pri­or­ity. But the admin­is­tra­tion has raided some med­ical mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries it sees as lit­tle more than fronts for com­mer­cial mar­i­juana sales. Sev­eral other mea­sures have also been intro­duced to change U.S. mar­i­juana laws, includ­ing moves to legal­ize the indus­trial pro­duc­tion of hemp and estab­lish a hefty fed­eral pot tax in states where it’s legal. Any changes this year are con­sid­ered a long­shot. Repub­li­can Reps. Justin Amash of Michi­gan and Don Young of Alaska and Demo­c­ra­tic Reps. Earl Blu­me­nauer of Ore­gon, Steve Cohen of Ten­nessee and Jared Polis of Col­orado co-sponsored Rohrabacher’s bill. Source: Asso­ci­ated Press (Wire) Author: Gene John­son, The Asso­ci­ated Press Pub­lished: April 12, 2013 Copy­right: 2013 The Asso­ci­ated Press

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