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House Dems. Introduce Bill to Legalize Marijuana and Provide 'Restorative Justice'

by Countable | 1.18.18

What’s the story?

A group of House Democrats have introduced a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge federal convictions for marijuana use or possession.

It is a companion bill to Sen. Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act, which the New Jersey Democrat introduced in the upper chamber last year.

Why does it matter?

Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna of California introduced the Marijuana Justice Act on Wednesday with the support of 12 House Democrats.

If enacted, the bill would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act list and leave it to states to craft their own pot policies.

The Marijuana Justice Act would also offer "restorative justice" to communities disproportionately affected by marijuana arrests and convictions, and create an "inclusive industry from the ground up,” Lee said in a call with reporters.

As Business Insider explained, "The bill proposes creating a $500 million community reinvestment fund to focus on job training for the nascent cannabis industry, prioritizing communities that have a disproportionate number of marijuana arrests and convictions, as well as expunge convictions related to use or possession."

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department was ending the policy that allowed states to relax restrictions on recreational pot without the threat of federal interference.

What do you think?

Do you want your reps to support the Marijuana Justice Act? Or do you agree with Sessions’ move? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your comments below.

—Josh Herman

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  • She.Persisted
    01/18/2018
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    Legalize it and tax it. The revenue will be astounding and it will free up prison space for violent and sexual offenders, and unclog the judicial system from the ‘war on drugs’ which has never been successful. Put the money into all levels of education (pre-k through college.)

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  • Daryl
    01/18/2018
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    Just legalize marijuana, tax it and then use those funds for actual functions of the government as defined by the Constitution.

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  • David
    01/18/2018
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    Way overdue, should have been done years ago ! Over 70% of voters want this change now ! Do the right thing, give us back one freedom instead of more restrictive laws that do more harm ❗️🇺🇸

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  • Walter
    01/18/2018
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    Legalizing marijuana for medical use is the best solution to opioid epidemic and a great option for PTSD!

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  • Sosnow
    01/18/2018
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    There are so many positives associated with legalizing marijuana it seems remarkable it’s taken this long to introduce a bill. The reduced costs of enforcement, the lowered incarceration rate, the increased tax revenue, the medical benefits... The list goes on.

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  • Danielle
    01/18/2018
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    This legislation will improve our economy, decrease the amount of fathers, mothers, and children incarcerated, and provide job training programs for their reentry into their communities. We owe it to the individuals who have been unjustly punished for using a substance that has been proven to be medically useful and that is currently in route to be legalized.I hope you support this important piece of legislation too.

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  • Shelby
    01/18/2018
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    Legalizing marijuana is the best course of action for this proposed legislation. Not only will decriminalizing marijuana improve the criminal justice system, it will create more tax revenue while resulting in numerous positive health benefits. States like Colorado and Washington have demonstrated that legalizing marijuana actually lowers the accessibility for minors trying to get their hands on the substance. Likewise, legalizing marijuana results in a whole lot of less wasted time for everyone. Legalize now so we can move on to more important areas!

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  • RadicalModerate
    01/18/2018
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    Please legalize cannabis. Free my people. Let the healing begin.

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  • Jean
    01/18/2018
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    Vote yes to the Justice Marijuana Act.

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  • Ryan
    01/18/2018
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    It’s time to decriminalize and regulate marijuana!!

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  • CannabisSavedMe
    01/19/2018
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    Please legalize Cannabis! Release the prisoners of the war on drugs and help our nation become healthy. Please make medical Cannabis affordable and allow patients to cultivate their medicine at home.

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  • Jennifer
    02/07/2018
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    No society has ever successfully legislated moral behaviors. Drugs, prostitution, alcohol, etc. Did we learn nothing from Prohibition? The only thing that prohibition has done is increase crime, make criminals out of users, increase the number of criminal cartels and all the additional crime they create, and provide temptation for corruption within law enforcement agencies. I would much rather see the DEA dissolved and those funds diverted towards creating Community Mental Health Centers and Drug Rehab Centers—in every Community. Legalize Marijuana and let the states use the taxes to benefit their own citizens. BUT, there should be harsh penalties—enforced penalties—for driving under the influence or for providing to anyone under 18 years of age. Oh...and those out of work DEA agents? If they want to keep their jobs they should be re-trained for border security, following up on E-Verified employers and visa overstays!

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  • Ann
    01/19/2018
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    Legalize marijuana at the federal level. It can be a life changing medicine for epilepsy. It also can bring in local tax revenue and take $ from organized Crime has actually come down and opioid use is less in states that have legalized it.

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  • Erin
    01/19/2018
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    Jeff Sessions’ stance is Paleolithic. This legislation will boost the economy, reduce the incomes of Mexican cartels, decrease our prison populations, help young adults keep their legal slates clean, reduce alcohol consumption, etc. etc....what’s not to like? I support ALL congressional representatives who vote for this bill, but especially those from my home state.

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  • SirRobert
    01/18/2018
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    I am tired of my tax dollars going to fight a war on Marijuana. Billions of dollars have been wasted on surveillance, helicopters, police raids, courts and prisons. States that have legalized are showing great returns with additional tax dollars and reduced costs. Leave them alone and legalize at a federal level.

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  • Stacy
    01/19/2018
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    Please take into consideration if the Marijuana Justice Act comes up for a vote, that this is a good way to start to take back state control from the overgrown Feds. This should be up to the states.

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  • Steven
    01/19/2018
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    It’s far past time marijuana was decriminalized. We are wasting money and time on something that is completely benign at worst, and likely beneficial for PTSD, Anxiety, and many other things.

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  • James
    01/18/2018
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    DO IT!!! The time for needless prohibition is over

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  • bustdstuff
    01/18/2018
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    The Marijuana Justice act should be passed. And, passed quickly. Our jails are full of people that shouldn't be there, and current marijuana laws are a drain on our budgets.

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  • Laurie
    01/19/2018
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    Legalize marijuana at the national level & knock off the nonsense. It’s less harmful than alcohol. Get a national standard for DUI THC levels like with alcohol.

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