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house Bill H.R. 1841

Should Federal Marijuana Prohibition End?

Argument in favor

The majority of U.S. states have already legalized marijuana in some form, and legal marijuana sales will generate much needed tax revenue for the government.

Susan's Opinion
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05/01/2017
Whether it's coffee, alcohol, marijuana, etc. - most societies since ancient times have used some sort of a substance to help and/or enhance their lives. I, and many people I know, feel marijuana should be legal because they have been smoking pot for over 50 years ,know that over 61% of our citizens favor legalization, and believe it is wrong to fill our prisons with marijuana users. We would do well to follow the example of our good neighbor to the north- Canada- and legalize marijuana nationwide. I wish our legislators, knowing that the majority want legalization, but afraid to publicly support it, would take a stronger stand. Legalize it!
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Matt's Opinion
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04/20/2017
The benefits of legalizing marijuana and treating it like alcohol far outweigh whatever risks, real or perceived, may occur.
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James's Opinion
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04/20/2017
Prohibition didn't work and a dangerous drug, alcohol, is widely available. The so called "war on drugs" isn't working and will never work for the same reasons prohibition failed. Of all drugs, alcohol included, cannabis has been around the longest and causes the least harm to society.
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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.

Loraki's Opinion
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05/11/2017
I think it's pretty strange that Democommies want to DEREGULATE people's vices, but they're gung ho when it comes to regulating everything that's good. . . . Unfortunately, you can't legislate morality and good sense. If there are legitimate, proven medical uses for marijuana, I could support legalizing it FOR THAT PURPOSE ONLY. But I'm not in favor of legalizing it for recreational use. If you do, though, I hope you tax it to the max!
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CombatVeteran's Opinion
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05/05/2018
This is just another way for the government to interfere with our lives. Leave us alone! Quit criminalizing everything!
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Berniemoats's Opinion
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04/23/2017
No pot is not something to promote or legalize.
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bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Conservation and Forestry
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Trade
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMarch 30th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 1841?

This bill — the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act — would remove marijuana from all schedules of the Controlled Substances Act, thereby making it legal, and allow states to choose how they want to regulate the substance. At the federal level, marijuana oversight would be transferred from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to the to-be renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). 

It would still be illegal under federal law to import marijuana into a state where it is illegal from outside the U.S. The Dept. of the Treasury would be responsible for regulating interstate and international marijuana businesses, while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would have the same powers to regulate marijuana as it does alcohol.

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. 1841

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced this bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana:
"Colorado has proven that allowing responsible adults to legally purchase marijuana, gives money to classrooms, not cartels; creates jobs, not addicts; and boosts our economy, not our prison population. Now, more than ever, it is time we end the federal prohibition on marijuana and remove barriers for states’ that have chosen to legalize marijuana.  This budding industry can’t afford to be stifled by the Trump administration and its mixed-messages about marijuana."
This legislation has the support of 19 cosponsors in the House, including 18 Democrats and one Republican.

Of Note: Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized and regulated recreational marijuana for adults — although Congress has prevented D.C. implementing it — while 29 states, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico permit the medical use of marijuana.

Media:
Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Pixabay / Public Domain)

AKA

Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

Official Title

To provide for the regulation of marijuana products, and for other purposes.

    Whether it's coffee, alcohol, marijuana, etc. - most societies since ancient times have used some sort of a substance to help and/or enhance their lives. I, and many people I know, feel marijuana should be legal because they have been smoking pot for over 50 years ,know that over 61% of our citizens favor legalization, and believe it is wrong to fill our prisons with marijuana users. We would do well to follow the example of our good neighbor to the north- Canada- and legalize marijuana nationwide. I wish our legislators, knowing that the majority want legalization, but afraid to publicly support it, would take a stronger stand. Legalize it!
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    I think it's pretty strange that Democommies want to DEREGULATE people's vices, but they're gung ho when it comes to regulating everything that's good. . . . Unfortunately, you can't legislate morality and good sense. If there are legitimate, proven medical uses for marijuana, I could support legalizing it FOR THAT PURPOSE ONLY. But I'm not in favor of legalizing it for recreational use. If you do, though, I hope you tax it to the max!
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    The benefits of legalizing marijuana and treating it like alcohol far outweigh whatever risks, real or perceived, may occur.
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    Prohibition didn't work and a dangerous drug, alcohol, is widely available. The so called "war on drugs" isn't working and will never work for the same reasons prohibition failed. Of all drugs, alcohol included, cannabis has been around the longest and causes the least harm to society.
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    We learned that alcohol prohibition and the 18th amendment were terrible policies, that's why we have a 21st amendment. Did you know the government's department of health owns the patent (#6630507) on cannabis and hemp having antioxidant and neuroprotectant properties, which combat a whole milieu of medical issues? Furthermore, the plant can be used from everything from biodiesel, to paper, to food, to clothing, to rope, to synthetic concrete, and to biofuel. Give the American farmer the freedom to grow this amazing crop for the betterment of America. Practice your rhetoric and make America really great! We could lead the planet on the trading of cannabis, the development of new energy systems, and the use of all these products will increase the carbon sequestration techniques needed to save the world, all the while saving freedom. Do what is right, it is time to legalize cannabis and hemp.
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    Yes! Decriminalize Marijuana. Every state should have medical marijuana as well. Don't let the Big Pharma Co get their hand in this and stop this legislation, they only want to produce a synthetic substitute and rake in the dollars. Making marijuana legal will free up the courts and jails,while saving the states millions of dollars in public defender costs, and the cost of housing inmates as well as increase state sales tax revenue.
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    The fact it is still illegal simply amazes me, it's uses are simply so extensive. Treat the pot just like alcohol, are we going to argue which is better? One has ruined households, promoted domestic abuse, and has destroyed peoples livers, lets end the prohibition.
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    Marijuana is safer than alcohol. CNN did an investigation on driving under the influence of pot. Unlike alcohol, the more the subjects smoked, the the more slowly and carefully they drove. In fact, towards the end of the test, some of the participants refused to drive. Alcohol consumption increases your confidence the more you drink. The main argument against legalization is a public safety issue and this pretty much invalidates it.
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    It is high time in the country that governmental politics reflected the will of the people. Support for marijuana decriminalization and legalization is at an all-time high, over the 50% mark. Furthermore, to really address the drug problem in America, we must take stock of the policies enacted that have failed miserably, only succeeding in wasting billions of dollars and expanding the prison population to the likes not seen in any other country. Look at Portugal; a country that decriminalized all drugs and subsequently saw their national addiction rates fall by 50%.
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    There are a lot of drugs we need to spend money combating, but I don't think marijuana is one of then.
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    As a general view, the drug war is an absolute failure. The country spends millions each year keeping up this farce. Scientifically, marijuana is less harmful and less addictive than alcohol. I'm fine with regulations, but as with alcohol and tobacco, those should be managed at a state level.
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    Please I don't want to go to jail for wanting to be seizure free and using medical marijuana to control them.
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    Those who want marijuana are going to get it. It's proven to help many, with few side effects. We have been fighting this issue for more than 30 years with no end in sight. I want to move on, make it legal and tax it.
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    I do not want my tax dollars going to imprisoning people for something that is less harmful than alcohol. Make it legal, let it be taxed, let it create legitimate jobs, let it help people that medically need it and let it be available for those that choose it as an alternative to alcohol. I see no reason why it should be regulated any more heavily than alcohol and tobacco.
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    The disparity between federal classification of marijuana and laws and states that have legalized either medical or recreational use has to end. Tobacco is far more addictive, alcohol is far more harmful to the individual and society yet these are legal for purchase and consumption. There simply is no argument to maintain marijuana prohibition at any level. Let's start generating tax revenue and jobs instead of criminals.
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    It is shocking that congressman Rorhbacher and I agree on something. The federal prohibition of this substance must end. It is far less dangerous than alcohol.
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    It is time to stop wasting billions of $$$ on marijuana. Cops, courts, prisons all have plenty to do. Let's decriminalize, regulate, tax amd STUDY marijuana and develop appropriate policies to govern marijuana cultivation, distribution, sales and personal use.
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    Many cities already are starting to reduce the penalty of possessing marijuana because it's what people want. The constant worry of police interaction makes the plant more dangerous to users than the "drug" itself. I personally know someone who's entire life up to this point could be ruined because of the broken and unconsistent laws across the state, let alone the country. Scott Walker will never let it happen but a federal law will need to be passed eventually anyways. Marijuana is never going to go away, it is ignorant not to regulate and tax the market. The arguements against the drug are fantasies of the conservative party at this point. Most users that acquire illegally are already purchasing from young adults and minors. I would be willing to wager that nearly every high school in the state has had students that have sold it to others near school grounds.
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    I spoke with a respected PhD neurotoxicologist about medical cannabis because I have a relative who is taking it (legally). She said there has not been ONE death from marijuana overdose. Not one, out of all the people who have used it illegally for decades. Of course, there have been deaths because people have done stupid things while high on it. However, taking it medically does not produce a high; it just has its intended therapeutic effects. I believe the only thing holding it back from legalization is lobbying by the pharmaceutical industry. They want to make a synthetic version that they can sell at exorbitant prices instead of doctors being able to prescribe, and insurers cover, the pure, natural oil. Please, please, do your research and vote for your constituents' bests interests.
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    Taxpayer money wasted on marijuana enforcement could be spent on schools and roads. Stop criminalizing Marijuana.
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