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      House Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
      House Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    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.  

Impact

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

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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."


Media: 


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)

AKA

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.

    The amount of money that is poured into the enforcement of marijuana possession is unnecessary. We have to ask ourselves, does the punishment fit the crime? In this situation, no. This goes for all drug related crimes, the punishment should not be more harmful to the individual than the drug itself.
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    NO MORE DRUG WAR!! Stop the cycle of poverty and racism! We incarcerate 25% of the worlds prisoners! WTF America?!?
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    ABSOLUTLY!!!
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    There are countless study's showing the medicinal use of marijuana but because of old ideology and a stigma that a generation of people that aren't even alive. When there was a prohibition on alcohol in this country, there was blood in the streets and criminal activity that was eventually overturned. Turn the dial forward 40 years later and now governments are declaring war on drugs. I think it's still insulting to me that we can buy tobacco products, alcohol, and countless other known dangerous and "legal" products, but to be jailed for a few grams of weed and nothing else is embarrassing! Why can't we just take a vote to the people!
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    Yes I'm an x pot smoker it's not really harmful at all. Alcohol is a problem though but we can't get rid of it.
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    As long as they're operating within that state's legal system, they should be protected. I thought states had the right in our Democracy (such as it is), to make laws in service of their constituents as long as they're not abridging others fundamental Constitutional and civil rights.
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    Positively.
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    Legalize recreational marijuana at the federal level.
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    Smoking Pot is not a real crime.
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    Federal laws need to respect individual state legislation.
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    Alcohol should be outlawed.
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    States should not have been able to legalize marijuana......this should have been a federal yea or nay....but passing should have happened only after laws for control, driving, etc. we're in place. Again, we got the cart before the horse.
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    Marijuana use and distribution is illegal under federal law, so… No. Duh?
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    As long as it is done legally.
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    Pot isn't dangerous
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    Because the President said he would stop doing this when he ran in 2012. Clearly a lie. He has approved federal arrest of more users and distributors than the last 5 presidents combined.
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    Great for the the state(tax), great for business(capitalism) and great for the people(good times)
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    Yes. Specific to the states in which it's been legalized, until it is no longer federally banned.
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    This is really only feasible in states that have legalized marijuana already (whether its recreational or medicinal). Hopefully federal legalization is on the horizon, though that seems doubtful.
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    Do we even have to ask this question in 2015?
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