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      house Committees
      House Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
      House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedApril 12th, 2013

What is it?

H.R. 1523 changes federal law  related to marijuana to protect those who are in compliance with state laws while producing, possessing, distributing, dispensing, administering, or delivering marijuana. 

This bipartisan legislation would in effect shield medical and recreational pot users and marijuana businesses from federal prosecution.  


People who use, distribute, produce, or administer marijuana products, the Controlled Substances Act, law enforcement the local, state, and federal levels.


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More Information

Of Note:

"Four states – Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska – and the District of Columbia have passed measures to legalize marijuana use, while an additional 14 states have decriminalized certain amounts of marijuana possession. Including those five locations, nearly half of U.S. states (23 plus D.C.) allow medical marijuana."


Sponsoring Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) Press Release

Students For Sensible Drug Policy (In Favor)

H.R. 1523 Facebook (In Favor)

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Yeshe)


Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013

Official Title

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.