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house Bill H.R. 1227

Should Marijuana be Federally Decriminalized?

Argument in favor

The federal government should end its failed prohibition on marijuana and decriminalize it, thus letting states make their own decisions about the substance.

Aidan's Opinion
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04/20/2018
If marijuana is not legal due to its health concerns and what it does to the human body. Alcohol or Tobacco should also be illegal
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Tyrano's Opinion
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04/20/2018
It DOESN’T fit the criteria to be Schedule I, whether anyone likes it or not.
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Julie's Opinion
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04/20/2018
It’s ridiculous to imprison so many people for possession and selling of pot. I’ve not heard of ah deaths or violent incidents attributed to pot consumption. I’ve heard many anecdotal stories of relief from suffering and from anxiety.
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Argument opposed

Marijuana should continue to be considered a criminal drug by the federal government to discourage its use.

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04/20/2018
“Marijuana - An Addictive Gateway Drug” Marijuana should continue to be considered, an addictive narcotic drug by the federal government, to discourage its use. Marijuana is a gateway drug to more addictive drugs such as LSD, cocaine, and heron. Marijuana kills and needs to be kept out of the hands of all. 4*20*18.
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Jane's Opinion
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04/21/2018
No. It is a gateway drug. Look at the states now that have legalized it. Their issues as a result of legalizing it are starting to show. No. No. No.
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DrRichSwier's Opinion
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04/20/2018
Absolutely no! Marijuana is a gateway drug. If you’re against smoking cigarettes then you must be against smoking marijuana. Marijuana kills.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 27th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 1227?

This bill would remove marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) from the list of schedule I controlled substances which have no medical value. It would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude marijuana from the law’s regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal penalties. Additionally, criminal penalties for individuals who import, export, manufacture, distribute, or possess marijuana with intent to distribute marijuana would be repealed.

This bill would make it a crime to knowingly ship or transport marijuana into a state where its receipt, possession, or sale is prohibited. Violators would be subject to criminal penalties — a fine, a prison term of up to one year, or both.

Impact

People who would possess or consume marijuana and businesses that would produce or sell it; law enforcement agencies; and state governments.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1227

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Tom Garrett (R-VA) introduced this bill to federally decriminalize marijuana:

“I have long believed justice that isn’t blind, isn’t justice. Statistics indicate that minor narcotics crimes disproportionately hurt areas of lower socio-economic status and what I find most troubling is that we continue to keep laws on the books that we do not enforce. Virginia is more than capable of handling its own marijuana policy, as are states such as Colorado or California. This step allows states to determine appropriate medicinal use and allows for industrial hemp growth, something that will provide a major economic boost to agricultural development in Southside Virginia.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) added:

“These reforms that we are calling for in this bipartisan bill are common sense and they are long overdue — long overdue changes that will help to reduce the strain on our criminal justice system, create certainty and reduce contradictions and confusion between state and federal law, and update those federal laws to actually meet the needs and progress that states are making across the country.”

This legislation has the support of 33 bipartisan cosponsors, including 27 Democrats and six Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: LPETTET / iStock)

AKA

Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

Official Title

To limit the application of Federal laws to the distribution and consumption of marihuana, and for other purposes.

    If marijuana is not legal due to its health concerns and what it does to the human body. Alcohol or Tobacco should also be illegal
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    “Marijuana - An Addictive Gateway Drug” Marijuana should continue to be considered, an addictive narcotic drug by the federal government, to discourage its use. Marijuana is a gateway drug to more addictive drugs such as LSD, cocaine, and heron. Marijuana kills and needs to be kept out of the hands of all. 4*20*18.
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    It DOESN’T fit the criteria to be Schedule I, whether anyone likes it or not.
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    It’s ridiculous to imprison so many people for possession and selling of pot. I’ve not heard of ah deaths or violent incidents attributed to pot consumption. I’ve heard many anecdotal stories of relief from suffering and from anxiety.
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    Our government spends too much time prosecuting non-violent pot dealers. They should be focusing on violent, high level drug dealers. It also creates revenues for the state and hopefully it would help the owners in the industry be able to do proper banking instead of having to operate in cash. It is unsafe for these businesses to have to do this. They pay taxes and should be able to bank.
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    It has medical applications and is less dangerous than alcohol.
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    Demonizing marijuana was and continues to be a racist political decision to justify invasion of Latin American countries in the 1930s and to allow Jeff Sessions to imprison the Black and Brown People he hates for profit. It is as scientific to place cannabis on Schedule I as it is to deny global climate change. Cannabis is helpful with PTSD, anxiety, siezures, chronic pain, opiate addiction, cancer symptoms and does not cause deaths as does alcohol and nicotine. Alcohol is the gateway drug according to science. Yes, decriminalize marijuana and so long as alcohol is legal, federally decriminalize both CBD and THC. The violence and accidental deaths of alcohol do not occur with cannabis.
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    I'm not a user of marijuana, but if people with anxiety & ptsd can get effective relief from marijuana maybe this should be tolerated at least at the level alcohol is.
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    Oh yeah! It’s HIGH TIME that pot is decriminalized at the federal and state levels. Hopefully this legislation will have JOINT support of all branches of government. Individuals should be allowed to grow it in their back yards and vegetable gardens. In addition to medicinal and recreational use, hemp has many alternative uses that can be commercially exploited. Time for the feds to get AHEAD of the game and empty the prisons too.
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    Please! Absolutely 100%. End federal prohibition now!
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    Marijuana is NOT ON THE LEVEL WITH COCAINE AND OTHER SUCH DRUGS. ITS LIKE ALCOHOL & TOBACCO - ONLY NOT AS ADDICTING OR JUDGEMENT IMPAIRING. And unlike alcohol & tobacco IT HAS HELPFUL PROPERTIES. Medical Marijuana has many helpful properties.
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    The trend state by state is progressive. Get ahead of it and federally decriminalize it like we did alcohol to end prohibition.
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    There is absolutely NO reason for marijuana to be illegal (esp while alcohol and tobacco is legal). The ban on it stems back to limiting the production of hemp to keep businesses that cozied up to politicians up and running. Why keep something in place that started off in poor taste? And considering the amount of money that can be made from taxes, reduces prison sentences/prisoners, etc etc isn’t this a no brainer?
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    There are waaaay too many people with long jail sentences who shouldn’t be there.
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    Yes!!!! In addition, those who have been in prison for marijuana arrests should be pardoned. The beneficial use of marijuana has been shown medicinally far out ways a long term prison sentence for our conservatism and our inability to be reasonable in societal judgement of its beneficial use.
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    Criminalizing marijuana has done nothing but fill up our prisons, drain our tax dollars, and make ordinary people out to be “dangerous criminals.” This is long, LONG overdue.
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    It is time to put an end to the failed policy.
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    This is common sense. Marijuana is good for the economy! No need for it to be a criminalized product.
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    It’s time.
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    Yes, a thousand times, yes. Thank you, Senator Schumer. Proud to be a New Yorker today!
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    Absolutely.
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