Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 Introduced in Congress TODAY!

Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 Introduced

2011 could be the year marijuana is finally legalized. That’s right, today representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Texas) are expected to submit the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition; the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011.

This historic bipartisan legislation, Oakland’s Rep. Barbara Lee is a co-sponsor, looks to repeal federal marijuana prohibition, allowing each state the ability to form their own laws regarding marijuana enforcement, similar to the way states make their own rules regarding alcohol. It would give each state complete freedom to regulate marijuana in the best interests of its citizens. So, if a state decides to make marijuana available to patients, it can…and if it prefers to make marijuana legal for all adults, it can do that, too. It also will grant immunity to individuals and entities from federal prosecution when they’re complying with their individual state’s medical marijuana laws…finally ending the terrifying state v federal conflicts over marijuana policy.

“The time has come for the federal government to stop preempting states’ medical marijuana laws,” Frank has said. “For the federal government to come in and supersede state law is a real mistake for those in pain for whom nothing else seems to work. This bill would block the federal prosecution of those patients who reside in those states that allow medical marijuana.”

“It is time to get the federal government out of state criminal matters, so states can determine sensible drug policy for themselves,” says Paul. “It is quite obvious the federal war on drugs is a disaster. Respect for states’ rights means that different policies can be tried in different states and we can see which are the most successful. This legislation is a step in the right direction as it removes a major federal road block impeding businesses that states have determined should be allowed within their borders.”

The new bill will also force the fed to prioritize their resources. “Making marijuana illegal hasn’t prevented anyone from using it, but it has created a huge funding source that funnels billions of dollars in tax-free profits to violent drug cartels and gangs,” Neill Franklin, a former Baltimore narcotics cop and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), has stated. “It baffles me that we arrest nearly 800,000 people on marijuana charges in this country each and every year at taxpayer expense when we could instead be taking in new tax revenue from legal and regulated marijuana sales.”

Something has to change. States must be set free to experiment with their own marijuana policy. Over the past forty years, as a result of the failing War on Drugs, hundreds of billions of dollars have been wasted on fighting their main perceived threat; marijuana…all to no avail. Marijuana and marijuana smokers still exist and they aren’t going anywhere. Ever.

Text of the bill is not yet available yet, we’ll post it when we get it, but if you’re down tell your representative in Congress to put an end to the war on marijuana users…here’s how: Our friends at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) have an electronic form letter of support that will automatgically go to your representative after you fill it out.

9 Responses to “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 Introduced in Congress TODAY!”

  1. Dispensary Reviews

    Sensibility and rationality? I must have stepped into “Bizarro World.”

  2. Dispensary Reviews

    Excellent news nonetheless.

  3. Sean

    There are a lot of stoners that want to keep MJ illegal. Legalization would crimp their outlaw rebel rockstar status. Look what happened to prop 19 in California. Many of the so called medical marijuana dispenseries, growers, dealers and stoners who prefer the status quo. Some stoners actally belive that legalization would destroy their outlaw rebel cult status. Legalization is a very square concept to these people. MJ will never be legal in the US in my lifetime. America doesn’t deserve legal herb, it doesn’t have the maturity to have it legal. It would destroy the glamor of it.

  4. Mark

    All People, smokers and non, are waking up to the fact that marijuana prohibition simply has way more cons than pros. it will end. This is an obvious and good progression of that fact.

  5. johnny

    @SEAN That is complete bs, the reason that so-called pot activists voted no on prop 19 is because they claimed that prop 19 would give medical patients less rights which is completely false (they were being misinformed by people who are in it for the money.) The reason dispensaries and patients voted no on prop 19 was that they would stop making money (lots of it) selling to patients, (including patients themselves who grow and sell to dispensaries.)

  6. Mark

    @Johnny exactly correct. and P.S this will NEVER pass. Eric Holder will have the feds start once again to go after medical cannabis.It’s an election year folks, and the powers that be dont want anymore of THIER money going to herb. Nope.Buy phamacuticals and booze and cigarettes…shop at Wall-Mart…etc..etc.Obama’s policy will be the same as Bush, and why not? Everything else has been too!

  7. Dispensary Reviews

    Completely on point, however unfortunate it may be the one thing it certainly isn’t is shocking.

  8. Dispensary Reviews

    Completely on point. However unfortunate it may be the one thing it certainly isn’t is shocking.

  9. Jeffrey Nitschke

    Thanks again for the blog article.Many thanks again. Want more.

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