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house Bill H.R. 975

Should the Feds Not Interfere if People & Businesses Comply With State Marijuana Law?

Argument in favor

States should be able to devise systems for regulating marijuana without putting their citizens in a position where they have to worry about breaking federal law.

JTJ's Opinion
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01/05/2018
The criminalization of pot is a stupid waste of money and resources.
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W1LL14M's Opinion
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01/05/2018
I am not pro or anti pot. That said, I think the federal law needs to reflect the current climate in the states which is legalizing pot is a trend. It’s also clear that incarceration of people for petty drug charges hurts our workforce and creates higher incarceration rates for their future. Research also seems to indicate that the best way to truly fight drugs would be with evidence based rehabilitation. California found for every $1 they spent on rehabilitation, it saved $7 in incarceration. Want to “win the war on drugs?” Focus on drug rehabilitation and make it free through a tax on drugs and alcohol which are legal. More people have died from their addiction to prescription opiates than we lost in Vietnam. This problem has a solution and it’s called rehabilitation.
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Dave.Land's Opinion
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01/05/2018
Yes. We have been down this road before with Amendments XVIII and XXI, establishing, then repealing alcohol prohibition. The so-called "war on drugs" has always been racist and represents the worst of conservative America. Let states' rights stand.
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Argument opposed

The federal government shouldn't allow states to normalize the use of marijuana. It needs to enforce laws designed to protect the public health.

Willis's Opinion
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01/05/2018
To my earlier comment on liberal and conservative inconsistency. When gay right to marriage was a federal law and Alabama didn’t want to recognize it, the conservatives said, “let states rule states.” While liberals said, federal law rules.” But when federal law says pot is illegal the same liberals say, “let states rule states.” And the same conservatives now say, “federal law is law.” Bottom line, Jeff Sessions is a hypocrite to say federal law on pot overrides state law while he was all for letting his home state of Alabama defy federal law for gay marriage. Law should be based on law and not be bent to the will of the personal preferences of the politicians currently in control of enforcing it.
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RadicalModerate's Opinion
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01/05/2018
As some who spiritually identifies as a cannabist, I do not recognize the authority of any government to suppress my religious devotion to natural healing through cannabis therapy.
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Patty's Opinion
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01/05/2018
Marijuana has helped many people that have medical issues. Our biggest problem is opioids. Government should go after big pharma and provide treatment for people addicted to opioids. Filling out jails with people that sell marijuana or use it makes no sense. This has been done before with poor results. Sessions should be stopped and forced to resign. He is making America last!
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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 7th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 975?

This bill would change federal marijuana law to protect those who are in compliance with state laws while producing, possessing, distributing, dispensing, administering, or delivering marijuana. Basically, if a person's pot use/production/distribution is allowed under state law for recreational or medical purposes — the federal government won't prosecute them. 

Impact

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

Cost of House Bill H.R. 975

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced this bill to allow people to use, sell, or distribute marijuana in compliance with state law without fear of federal prosecution. Rohrabacher told the Washington Examiner that the bill would allow "many people to live better lives" and that "it makes economic sense at a time when every penny must count for government."

This legislation has the support of 24 bipartisan cosponsors evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.

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. 

If you're wondering how many people agree with your position on legalizing marijuana, Pew Research has the numbers:

"Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing opposition. A slim majority (53%) of Americans say the drug should be made legal, compared with 44% who want it to be illegal. Opinions have changed drastically since 1969, when Gallup first asked the question and found that just 12% favored legalizing marijuana use." 

An omnibus spending package passed in 2015 included an amendment from this bill's sponsor, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) that prevented federal funds from being used to prosecute people who act in compliance with their state's medical marijuana laws. That was subsequently reauthorized by a continuing resolution passed in December 2016 which funded the government through April 28, 2017.

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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Cannabis Culture via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017

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 criminalization of pot is a stupid waste of money and resources.
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    To my earlier comment on liberal and conservative inconsistency. When gay right to marriage was a federal law and Alabama didn’t want to recognize it, the conservatives said, “let states rule states.” While liberals said, federal law rules.” But when federal law says pot is illegal the same liberals say, “let states rule states.” And the same conservatives now say, “federal law is law.” Bottom line, Jeff Sessions is a hypocrite to say federal law on pot overrides state law while he was all for letting his home state of Alabama defy federal law for gay marriage. Law should be based on law and not be bent to the will of the personal preferences of the politicians currently in control of enforcing it.
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    I am not pro or anti pot. That said, I think the federal law needs to reflect the current climate in the states which is legalizing pot is a trend. It’s also clear that incarceration of people for petty drug charges hurts our workforce and creates higher incarceration rates for their future. Research also seems to indicate that the best way to truly fight drugs would be with evidence based rehabilitation. California found for every $1 they spent on rehabilitation, it saved $7 in incarceration. Want to “win the war on drugs?” Focus on drug rehabilitation and make it free through a tax on drugs and alcohol which are legal. More people have died from their addiction to prescription opiates than we lost in Vietnam. This problem has a solution and it’s called rehabilitation.
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    Yes. We have been down this road before with Amendments XVIII and XXI, establishing, then repealing alcohol prohibition. The so-called "war on drugs" has always been racist and represents the worst of conservative America. Let states' rights stand.
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    So let me get this straight. The GOP is the party that is all about state’s rights, right?! Yeah....
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    Marijuana poses less of a health risk than alcohol and cigarettes. It should be decriminalized, regulated, and taxed.
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    I thought state's rights was something the right soiled themselves over, guess I was wrong. Talk about federal overreach. Let those people have a good time, it'll be legal nationally by 2020, just give up the drug war. It was never based on science, it was a political tool anyway. Ridiculous we're even doing this.
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    This issue really doesn’t require federal regulation anymore. It is no longer a health and safety issue like it used to be. Nowadays the issue is framed as a discussion in morality. Any moral elements to the discussion are better left to States to resolve.
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    It’s a state law!! Marijuana helps people in so many ways! Stop trying to stop medical progress!
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    As some who spiritually identifies as a cannabist, I do not recognize the authority of any government to suppress my religious devotion to natural healing through cannabis therapy.
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    In this case federal law shouldn’t interfere with state law. I support legalizing marijuana nationwide.
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    ignoring current medical evidence and allowing this to continue to be scheduled as a class 1 narcotic, is the poster child for government hipocrisy. #science
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    Typically I tread softly when it comes to supporting “States Rights.” This issue is one time when I support the right of individual states to legislate in favor of their citizens. With all of the hubbub from the right wing about government overreach it’s ironic that those supporters of shrinking regulations and intrusion are all about the federal government criminalizing a naturally occurring plant with medicinal and recreational uses. I seem to remember another time when prohibition was enforce and subsequently failed. Leave the States and their law abiding citizens alone.
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    Since moving to Colorado, it has made my life so much easier. My drug dealer went from a person to a convenience store. This is the dumbest thing ever. I don’t want to do anything besides smoke a little here & there. I hate hangovers so alcohol is losing its appeal. The taxes from help so many other parts of our state that it seems outlandish to remove legalization.
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    The federal government should focus on opioid crisis not on marijuana maybe even on Trump’s obstruction of justice
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    The Federal Government should decimalize cannabis and let the States regulate it.
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    Obviously racist anti-marijuana laws should be repealed immediately and all individuals facing criminal consequences from marijuana use should be exonerated. I’m a voter in Ohio’s 12th congressional district and I support this bill.
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    If the federal government really wants to get out of everyone’s business and let the PEOPLE of each state make their own decisions, this is a good place to put their money where their mouth is. Since Sessions has financial interest in the prison system, we can see where his interests lie.
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    This bill makes sense on a lot of levels. Leaving this up to the states is the way to go.
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    Let the silly little plant and the folks who enjoy it be - we’ve got more important shit to worry about.
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