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    New bill would end federal marijuana prohibition

    New bill would end federal marijuana prohibition - San Jose Mercury News

    Members of Congress will bring forth a bill Thursday that supporters say is the first ever introduced to end federal law's blanket prohibition of marijuana.

    The legislation -- authored by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas -- would limit the federal government's role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or interstate smuggling, letting people legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states that allow it without fear of federal prosecution.

    The bill's original co-sponsors include Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich.; Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.; Jared Polis, D-Colo.; and Barbara Lee, D-Oakland.

    "The human cost of the failed drug war has been enormous -- egregious racial disparities, shattered families, poverty, public health crises, prohibition-related violence, and the erosion of civil liberties. And of course the cost in dollars and cents has been staggering as well -- over a trillion dollars spent to incarcerate tens of millions of young people," Lee said Wednesday. "I co-sponsored this bipartisan legislation because I believe it is time to turn the page from this failed drug war."

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    Re: New bill would end federal marijuana prohibition

    Not expecting this to pass unfortunately.


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    Re: New bill would end federal marijuana prohibition

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Not expecting this to pass unfortunately.
    Specific reason(s) being?

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    Re: New bill would end federal marijuana prohibition

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Specific reason(s) being?
    inertia mostly

    pols don't want to be caught voting for it because the inertia is on the side of drugs=crime
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: New bill would end federal marijuana prohibition

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    inertia mostly

    pols don't want to be caught voting for it because the inertia is on the side of drugs=crime
    Not to mention the lobbyists for the private prison industry and the prison guards union.
    Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
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    Re: New bill would end federal marijuana prohibition

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Specific reason(s) being?
    for the last century, we have clearly been moving in the direction of less freedom and more government control of our daily lives.

    So the reason I give for not passing is precedence.

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    Re: New bill would end federal marijuana prohibition

    I'm not big into government control but I still say legalize it, tax it, and place government regulations on it like alcohol. That would increase tax revenues, create jobs in the USA, and reduce crime. It would also put all marijuana smugglers out of business. It would also greatly reduce underage consumption IMHO.
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    Re: New bill would end federal marijuana prohibition

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Specific reason(s) being?
    Well mainly because of bills like this not passing time and time again..


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