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house Bill H.R. 1013

Should Marijuana Be Legal Nationwide?

Argument in favor

The majority of U.S. states have already legalized marijuana in some form. This bill offers massive potential tax revenues from all of those sales.

BarackObama's Opinion
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04/21/2015
"I don’t think [marijuana] is more dangerous than alcohol... We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing."
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GavinNewsom's Opinion
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03/12/2015
I think drugs are too dangerous to leave to drug dealers. Time to regulate, time to tax — and time to get our arms around this.
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Warren's Opinion
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03/13/2015
Revenue-based policing is wrong, and there is no other argument for marijuana prohibition which holds water.
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Argument opposed

Increased tax revenue would be offset by higher public costs for health care, criminal justice, lost workplace productivity, and increased access to the drug for minors.

Elinor's Opinion
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04/21/2015
This country has enough stupid people. There is no need dumb down the population any more. We already have too many other legal substances that cause people to stumble, drive out of control, and behave inappropriately. We do not need one more legal substance as an excuse for people's inability to be civil and responsible.
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Douglas's Opinion
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05/15/2015
This is a gateway drug plain and simple. It should not be legal and it should not be allowed into the main stream.
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RedPiano1's Opinion
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04/22/2015
It sounds like a money grab to me. An easy way to create a new federal tax on an item never taxed before. Given the way marijuana was made illegal thanks to "help" from big tobacco, I'm not satisfied that this is a legitimate problem we need to concentrate on.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
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      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
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      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 20th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 1013?

As its name suggests, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act would regulate marijuana the same way that alcohol is regulated in the U.S., and allow states to dictate their own regulations.

This would be accomplished by removing marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances (thus removing pot from the list of felony drug offenses), and transferring oversight of marijuana from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The bill would also require any growers, sellers, or importers of marijuana to obtain a permit for any of these marijuana-related activities.

Impact

Anyone who uses marijuana products, marijuana dispensaries and producers, local law enforcement, the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and related federal regulators.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1013

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.

More Information

Of Note:

  • The federal government has stated that it would not challenge a state’s legalization of the drug if they obey certain guidelines, even though federal law does not allow the use of marijuana in any form. This inherent conflict has caused controversy and confusion.
  • Marijuana businesses have difficulties finding banks that will work with them for fear of violating money laundering regulations. In response, on Feb 14, 2014 the US Dept of Treasury issued guidelines for how financial institutions can serve marijuana business regardless of the fact that it is still technically illegal for banks to work with marijuana sale proceeds under federal law.  
  • Some studies indicate growing support for federal legalization. A poll conducted in Jan, 2014 indicated that “Fifty-five percent of those questioned nationally said marijuana should be made legal, with 44% disagreeing.”
  • At the same time, large segments of the population are not in support of legalization. According to a recent New York Times/CBS poll, “while 72 percent of people under 30 favored legalization, only 29 percent of those over 65 agreed.” 


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Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

Official Title

To decriminalize marijuana at the Federal level, to leave to the States a power to regulate marijuana that is similar to the power they have to regulate alcohol, and for other purposes.

    "I don’t think [marijuana] is more dangerous than alcohol... We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing."
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    This country has enough stupid people. There is no need dumb down the population any more. We already have too many other legal substances that cause people to stumble, drive out of control, and behave inappropriately. We do not need one more legal substance as an excuse for people's inability to be civil and responsible.
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    I think drugs are too dangerous to leave to drug dealers. Time to regulate, time to tax — and time to get our arms around this.
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    Revenue-based policing is wrong, and there is no other argument for marijuana prohibition which holds water.
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    If marijuana is legalized, regulated, and taxed, there would be an increase in revenue for the states, and a much needed decrease in incarcerations. Neither of these things are bad. In fact, it would be foolish to believe the legalization would make it more prominent instead of more open. The people who smoke will smoke regardless of legality, so why put the money into privateers pockets when it could bring in much needed state revenue?
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    First of all, the overwhelming majority of opinions opposed are very poorly thought out. The negative impact is exaggerated from a SLIGHT decrease in lung capacity to ridiculous heights, some even claiming it's just as bad or worse than alcohol! Alcohol, tobacco, and even caffeine (yes caffeine is a drug), will forever be damaging to your body and it has been proven that it is literally IMpossible to overdose on marijuana. Let us also consider the effect of prohibition on alcohol. Did that solve America's drinking problem? I do not agree with anyone telling me alcohol is safe, but I would never dream of lobbying for a 2nd prohibition. Why? I think every able adult should be able to make their own choice regarding their health. If there is a case of domestic violence on the account of alcohol, or eating too many snacks on the account of marijuana, America should start holding the citizens accountable for their actions instead of the substance.
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    The most harm that comes from drug use today comes when the government decides to throw you in jail for a personal decision. I don't condone drug use. I condone freedom.
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    This substance ought to be regulated much like that of alcohol. There will always be outlyers who abuse the privilege
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    Absolutely! Duh! Yes, now!
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    Your vote for marijuana decriminalization could free tax money, comfort ill and weak, high-symptom patients, and also create further taxed revenue via dispensaries!
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    If we really want to win the war on drugs... legalize it. Prison population decreases. Drug cartels disappear. Large revenues in Taxes recovered. Many jobs created and a huge economic positive . Marijuana is so much safer that alcohol. It is the safest recreational use drug that exists. End the madness...
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    prohibition ended for alcohol (which is actually more dangerous) in the 1930's. it's about time we ended marijuana prohibition. marijuana should be regulated, treated, and taxed just like tobacco and alcohol, and all tax revenue should be used for schools, medical treatments, and the DEA to identify harder substances such as heroin and methamphetamine
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    We should not incarcerate people for low level offenses.
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    This is a gateway drug plain and simple. It should not be legal and it should not be allowed into the main stream.
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    I find marijuana to be a relatively harmless drug whose possible "negative" effects are no worse than those brought on by alcohol.
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    Legalizing marijuna will lessen the stress on our justice system, will stop criminalizing private behavior, and will add to the tax coffers that our state and federal government are looking for.
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    Get real it's time to pass this and move into modern society. We can pretend all we want that it's a super dangerous drug. But facts are that alcohol is much much more dangerous and detrimental to the human psyche and body. That's a fact not an opinion. People who are going to abuse the medicine of cannabis are going to abuse regardless of its legal nature. Look at the abuse of legal pain pills for crying out loud. The productive members of society are still going to be productive. I live in San Francisco. I haven't even touched marijuana. Why not it's legal? Well I don't care for it, and if your destined to be a leader or worker in this society then the temptation of abuse is going to pass you by as well. Let's stop playing games, open this door and get on to real topics that need to be debated on.
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    It sounds like a money grab to me. An easy way to create a new federal tax on an item never taxed before. Given the way marijuana was made illegal thanks to "help" from big tobacco, I'm not satisfied that this is a legitimate problem we need to concentrate on.
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    Because it's so new, marijuana should not have the same regulations as alcohol right away. Stricter rules should be in place to start, with the possibility of lessening those regulations as time goes on, depending on how the use goes.
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    Adults can make their own decisions. Keep the government out of your home.
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