by High Times | Updated on 2.11.19
A federal bill that would legalize cannabis and regulate it like alcohol was introduced in the Senate on Friday by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. The bill, the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act, has been designated as S. 420 by Wyden and is a companion measure to H.R. 420, which was introduced in the House of Representatives by fellow Oregon Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer last month.
A Democratic aide to the Senate Finance Committee, where Wyden is the ranking member, said that the bill aims to “responsibly legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana at the federal level,” according to media reports. Wyden said in a press release on Friday that now is the time for cannabis reform at the national level.
“The federal prohibition of marijuana is wrong, plain and simple. Too many lives have been wasted, and too many economic opportunities have been missed,” Wyden said. “It’s time Congress make the changes Oregonians and Americans across the country are demanding.”
Blumenauer agreed, noting that voters’ opinions on cannabis have changed and that their representatives in Congress should follow suit.
“Oregon has been and continues to be a leader in commonsense marijuana policies and the federal government must catch up,” said Blumenauer. “The American people have elected the most pro-cannabis Congress in American history and significant pieces of legislation are being introduced. The House is doing its work and with the help of Senator Wyden’s leadership in the Senate, we will break through.”
S. 420 is part of a package of bills intended to reform federal cannabis policy dubbed by Wyden and Blumenauer as the Path to Marijuana Reform. The other measures in the package, the Small Business Tax Equity Act and the Responsibly Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act. The Small Business Tax Equity Act would repeal provisions of the tax code that deny cannabis businesses the right to take the same tax deductions as companies in other industries.
The Responsibly Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act would remove federal criminal penalties and civil asset forfeiture for individuals and businesses complying with state law. The bill would also give cannabis businesses legal under state law access to banking, bankruptcy protection, marijuana research, and advertising. The bill includes an expungement process for some marijuana convictions which will reduce some of the collateral damage of the War on Drugs, including the denial of federal housing and financial aid. The bill also gives veterans access to legal medical marijuana programs and protects Native American tribes from prosecution under federal cannabis laws.
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Legalize cannabis and regulate it like alcohol, I have no problem with this except like alcohol don’t Consume and drive.
Been waiting 50 years for this. Hallelujah! Make it happen!!!
As much as ppl like to claim that Mary Jane is non-addictive, good for the brain and anxiety; has some magical medical treatments, and is an all around ok thing, not many things can be further from the truth. Study after study has show that marijuana use has negative affects in cognitive function in young adults (In ppl speak it means that weed cooks yr fucking brain cells) in both memory and simple reasoning even when not high. Exposure to weed in teens is growing rapidly and as such both engagement and attendance in school have been dropping dramatically (aside from school being flawed innate of itself, weed doesn't help.) People often find excuses for weed, but they are just that: excuses, and when it comes right down to it, marijuana's medical capabilities are not the same as recreational, just-to-get-high usage. Legalize medical use, and strictly medical use, and stop coming up with excuses to get high
Prohibition does not work!
Dear Representative. Cannabis prohibition hasn’t worked just like prohibition of alcohol. We live in a capitalist country and one thing for sure if there is a market there will be a supply. Tax and regulate. And leaving cannabis legalization up to individual states. Would be a mistake simply because the state that has not legalized cannabis could be surrounded by those states that do. I simply say this because prohibition doesn’t work. Sincerely Rick Keeley
We don’t need more drugged people in our country. We have enough problems without legalizing cannabis. Alcohol kills 88,000 people every year. Alcohol is contributing to the deaths of about 88,000 people each year in the form of heart and liver problems, car crashes, and so on. Cannabis is a gateway drug to stronger drugs. It will be abused and be a bigger curse on our society. From FamilyCouncil.org December, 2014: The National Institute on Drug Abuse updated its marijuana research paper, saying, “Marijuana is the illicit drug most frequently found in the blood of drivers who have been involved in accidents, including fatal ones,” and citing research that marijuana is increasingly detected in fatal vehicle accidents. This will continue our slide into the pit of self destruction as a country.
Hello I'm writing in regards to bill 420. I have been sick for 11 years with siezures from a traumatic brain injury. Before my sickness took my life I was a full functioning nurse and hairstylist. See I live in a rural small town and on my days off I would do hair, after all I had three childern, two in high school and one in elementary. I have fought and learned to live with this and let it consume my life. I do know what will help but I don't do it because it is against the law and against my contract with my doctor. Yet I also know that I will be turning 50 in three weeks on St. Patrick's Day and the handful of meds I have to take throughout the day has ate my stomache lining, givinen me ulcers, working on my liver and kidneys. Although I smile through my pain from all the falls and disconfigurements my body has put itself through, I try my best and at least get to the couch and do the best I can at being normal and do what I can, sometimes I can be like my old self those days are very rare but even on the bad days I tell my youngest son I'm fine just a little tired. He begs me to smoke he sees the difference in my aunt (we are 8 yrs apart) and what it has done with her Lupus and autoimmune diseases. But I can't do until its legal. So please pass this Bill. I really want to get better I have a granddaughter I have only seen twice. They live in Virginia and are in the Navy. I really miss them. Thank y'all Dia Scrogum
It’s high time the feds decriminalize pot. Let the good times roll!
Studying cannabis when my husband was dying of cancer, I was amazed at how benign it is compared to alcohol or prescription painkillers. As an RN and therapist Behavioral Medicine consultant to physicians, the majority see cannabis as a good drug. For years the were shocked to learn cannabis was demonized with name marijuana, playing on fear, racism and xenophobia. I support this drug which is much safer than alcohol. Only political theater places cannabis on the same Schedule as opioids and only political theater demonized cannabis.
As a resident of Washington we have had legal marijuana use for several years. I see no data to show that legalization resulted in more highway fatalities or accidents. Cannabis is far less dangerous than alcohol and has medicinal uses that have been verified. I use CBD oil extract for pain relief myself.
I appreciate the “partial expungement,” but there really should be full expungement of the records of all non-violent cannabis convictions. It is wholly unfair for the lawmakers who put them in jail to make money off the cannabis industry, while the incarcerated continue to rot in jail cells. Furthermore, there should be another provision banning the use of private prisons by the federal government, most of which have occupation quotas that would surely be affected by cannabis legalization.
I live in Colorado and this bill is long overdue.
The time has come to legalize marijuana for all purposes.
Better late than never.
The legalization of the Greatest Natural Resource in the world being legalized in the United States, is potential proof that God really exists and the world is round and that the Earth revolves around the sun and that evolution of human and animal species is real, as well as global warming. It also may prove to the world that women, people of color and different races, homosexual humans are all actually real human beings and classified as homo sapien and that in the United States, “ All men are created equal”.
It's long overdue! I support it. Marijuana has been used for it's properties that help cure many things. It's Mother Nature's natural medicinal plant.
Marijuana should be allowed and taxed like alcohol. Research should be conducted on it's health benefits instead of it's harms and risks, as much of the research is currently focused. We should be aware of both risk and benefits.
If marijuana is scheduled correctly, it will be LOWER than alcohol. Marijuana is far less addictive and people are less prone to violence as opposed to alcohol which increases your violent tendencies and increases the probability of acting out violent behaviors.
This makes sense, as it listens to the will of the people and many medical benefits have been proven for years now. The expungement MUST extend to all non-violent offenders though. It is unethical to continue to punish people for something that would no longer be a crime and probably never should have been classified as an illegal drug in the first place.
It’s been passed in to many states so it should be legalized Federally
Let’s end this useless war on marijuana. Enforcement of this war has destroyed lives. By passing this bill we can lessen the strain on our law enforcement agencies, reduce the prison population, reduce the statistical proven heavy handed judicial punishments being given to minority populations, and build revenue for our state and federal budgets. Marijuana has been proven time and again to be less harmful than alcohol, or many medications both prescribed and OTC. Please bring common sense back into play! Support this bill!