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house Bill H.R. 493

Protecting Residents of States With Legal Marijuana From Federal Prosecution

Argument in favor

Residents of states that have legalized marijuana — either for medical or recreational use — were protected from prosecution under federal until January 2018, when AG Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo on the issue. This bill merely brings that Obama-era memo back into effect.

Sandra's Opinion
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02/21/2019
Marijuana should be legalized at the federal level and taxed just like cigarettes and alcohol. You should also be charged for DUI just like you are for alcohol and prescription drugs
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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02/21/2019
Just legalize it at the Federal level and tax it as you do alcohol, which it is safer than, and the problem is solved while Big Pharma doesn’t get to gouge the Republic.
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Sylvie 's Opinion
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02/21/2019
People who use weed in states where it is legal should absolutely not be prosecuted by the DOJ. Those who are always invoking State Rights to justify opposition to federal laws they do not support on topics like abortion and education cannot now turn around and call on the feds to ignore a state’s laws without being branded as hypocrites. Time for the feds to get on board and reform marijuana laws.
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Argument opposed

Since marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, it makes sense that the DOJ should remain able to prosecute people — including residents of states that have legalized marijuana — for marijuana use or possession under federal law.

Robert 's Opinion
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02/21/2019
If fact Marijuana is now list as a schedule I drug which mean the feds would be required to go after the people in states that have passed legal marijuana. If a state like California passed Heroin as a legal recreational drug that did not require a prescription well would you have any problem with that? The answer is the feds can move the classification of marijuana from schedule I to schedule V and then the states can pass their own laws and not worry about Federal Agencies stepping in.
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Joe's Opinion
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02/21/2019
Laws need to be enforced until they are changed. Drug dealer states should forfeit all of their assets. Legislators should go to jail. When a majority of congress votes to make pot legal I’ll light up, but until then respect for our legal system is more important than getting stoned.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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02/25/2019
House Bill HR 493 AKA the Sensible Enforcement of Cannabis Act -2019 I stand opposed to the House Bill H.R. 493 AKA the Sensible Enforcement of Cannabis Act of 2019, WHICH would prohibit the U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) from prosecuting individuals engaged in activities relating to medical or recreational cannabis permitted under state law under most circumstances. Since marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, it makes sense that the DOJ should remain able to prosecute people — including residents of states that have legalized marijuana — for marijuana use or possession under federal law. SneakyPete.......... 👎🏻🌿🌿🌿👎🏻. 2*25*19..........
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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 11th, 2019
    Marijuana should be legalized at the federal level and taxed just like cigarettes and alcohol. You should also be charged for DUI just like you are for alcohol and prescription drugs
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    If fact Marijuana is now list as a schedule I drug which mean the feds would be required to go after the people in states that have passed legal marijuana. If a state like California passed Heroin as a legal recreational drug that did not require a prescription well would you have any problem with that? The answer is the feds can move the classification of marijuana from schedule I to schedule V and then the states can pass their own laws and not worry about Federal Agencies stepping in.
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    Just legalize it at the Federal level and tax it as you do alcohol, which it is safer than, and the problem is solved while Big Pharma doesn’t get to gouge the Republic.
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    People who use weed in states where it is legal should absolutely not be prosecuted by the DOJ. Those who are always invoking State Rights to justify opposition to federal laws they do not support on topics like abortion and education cannot now turn around and call on the feds to ignore a state’s laws without being branded as hypocrites. Time for the feds to get on board and reform marijuana laws.
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    Just legalize it already!!
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    This is a total no-brainer--the government itself should reverse these archaic laws concerning marijuana and the cultivation of hemp products. Leave this to the states if the federal government won't come into the 21st Century. The opioid crisis is exponentially by far more urgent, than prosecution of a plant that has been shown to have many benefits and applications
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    Legalize marijuana already - collect the taxes, release people from prisons because of possession, and sit back and relax.
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    Marijuana should be legalized nationwide. Since it is not specifically mentioned in the constitution, the 10th bill of rights allow states to determine the legality of pot. Tell the feds to keep their hands off
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    Laws need to be enforced until they are changed. Drug dealer states should forfeit all of their assets. Legislators should go to jail. When a majority of congress votes to make pot legal I’ll light up, but until then respect for our legal system is more important than getting stoned.
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    Absolutely! Thank you, Rep. Correa (D-CA), for bringing back the Obama legislation that, initially, allowed this. The Repugnants would rather see us rot in jail than do something sensible! Sure do hope they’re the ones that rot in jail, instead! 🤞
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    Haven’t people been brining up this issue since it was first legalized for recreational use? Why did it take so long?
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    The government needs to treat this the same as prohibition. They were wrong then and they are wrong now.
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    It should be the same as booze and cigs. Put a sales tax on it. If for fun. None if for medical
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    It’s time to decriminalize this plant. Alcohol is a known carcinogen. Tobacco kills thousands of people a day. If you truly want to help your constituents, not just by recreational usage but real medical conditions then this is the only right decision. We will remember this come election time.
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    It should be legal just like alcohol. It can also be regulated and taxed in the same manner. Colorado climbed out of a financial hole when they legalized it and crime actually went down! The federal government has printing offices and can contract certain farmers in each state to produce the crop. Once the crop is harvested, rope, paper, the smokeable product and medications can be made from the plants plus it’s a renewable crop. Right now, big pharma is against legalization because it will cut into their profits. Homeopathic medicine and naturopathic medicine work.
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    My wife’s chronic pain for the last 6 years has been debilitating even when taking Rx opioids. She is on disability due to the pain. She is now off opioids and is using medical marijuana, which is significantly helping her pain. It’s time for the Federal government to acknowledge that there are medically beneficial reasons for people to use marijuana and the Feds should not add to a patient’s anxiety with the threat of being charged for marijuana possession.
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    Don’t you have bigger fish to fry than prosecuting people who are using something legally in their state?
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    The War on Drugs is over and marijuana criminalization needs to end. This is a good first step towards legalization which should be the goal in the near future.
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    Makes sense
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    It's about time Marijuana is federally legalized for medical and recreational use. This bill is a step in the right direction.
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