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senate Bill S. 420

Should the Federal Gov’t Legalize & Tax Marijuana?

Argument in favor

The federal government should legalize and tax marijuana as it’s a substance no more harmful than alcohol or tobacco that would stimulate legal economic activity and reduce the strain on law enforcement resources. States should be able to regulate marijuana how they see fit without federal overreach.

Argument opposed

Marijuana is a harmful substance that serves as a gateway to harder drugs — the federal government shouldn’t legalize it. Letting states make their own decisions about legal marijuana would be a mistake that’d be seen as a public health mistake as the impact of marijuana use becomes clearer.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
    IntroducedFebruary 7th, 2019
    It has been a long time coming. The government has more than enough information which favors reclasification and legalization. I have a major anxiety disorder and would rather be able to use marijauna than have to take two different antidepressants and Benzos to cope. It creates jobs and a ton of revenue which is good for the country as a whole. It is so F@#$%!! stupid when "we the people" see the writing on the wall but the people that are supposed to represent us don't get it done. "FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE"
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    It is long overdue to have marijuana be legal at the federal level
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    The federal government should legalize and tax marijuana as it’s a substance no more harmful than alcohol or tobacco that would stimulate legal economic activity and reduce the strain on law enforcement resources. States should be able to regulate marijuana how they see fit without federal overreach. & USC ARTICLE 4 SECTION 2 [paraphrase] All Citizens of the various states shall have the same privileges and immunities of
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    Whatever needs to be done do it!
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    Our current laws designating marijuana as a DEA Class 1 controlled substance the same as cocaine and heroine means marijuana users are committing a felony if caught. Penalties are draconian because if convicted the sentences are cruel and unfitting to the crime. Please vote yes to reduce the opioid addition pandemic killing our population at an increasing rate. rate.
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    Marijuana should have never been illegal. It was made illegal for political reasons, under false pretenses, and now we are under the rule of a generation of lawmakers and voters who were fleeced by the reefer madness BS. It is less harmful than tobacco or alcohol, and it is not a gateway drug except in the sense that you currently have to buy it from a dealer in 39 states unless you have a medical card, and its illegality engenders disrespect for the law. Laws need to reflect the will of the people, which is clear on this issue. It is not the government's job, responsibility, or mandate to protect me from myself. If you don't like or need marijuana, then don't use it. But don't criminalize what i do with my body. The war on drugs was a failure, it was obviously the wrong approach. Furthermore, medical cannabis helps millions of Americans, so the thought of it being schedule I is ridiculous because that is inconsistent with the very description of Schedule I on the basis of its efficacy alone, not to mention that its not highly addictive, its not even close. Lets get on with it, i don't care who gets the credit, its long past time we stop locking otherwise law abiding Americans in cages for having some useful plant matter that grows wild in our land and was cultivated by our early statesman and settlers. A quick note to the sneakyshills in the operahouse and others regularly posting in opposition to reforming these laws without citing any real reason: get out and talk to some real people, or just get out of the way.
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    Government for the people, by the people..?? Right??? Legalize marijuana!!! The polls indicate over and over that is what the people want!!! It is still we the people!! Right???
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    It really doesn't matter it can't be brought up for a vote as long as assholes like Iowa's grassley blocks it for consideration. Now they can't vote on that bill.vote them out no more second or third chances for them to prove they work for the American public.
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    Legalize Nationwide now do what's right for everyone.
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    End this prohibition. This will not stress our justice system and law enforcement, it will allow them to focus on larger issues. I myself am a first responder who suffers from PTSD. I should have the right to chose my own medication. More and more people are supporting this issue every day. Please do more research so you have a better understanding of this can benefit us all.
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    This is a no brainier it should have been done long time ago! Get it done it will solve a lot and will not hurt anyone.
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    http://mag.time.com/Y9sQdQg - cops search a Cancer patient in the hospital. For pot. But you guys are using Legalization as a fucking PROP for the 2020 election when you can do something about it now. You disgust me.
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    State by State. Township by township
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    Yes decriminalize and legalize federally, let it be another revenue of income at the local and federal level. I think another good idea is to have marijuana growing licenses and tax them yearly, and anyone caught growing their own marijuana be ticketed and fined. People are going to get high regardless, might as well try and profit.
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    Please whatever it takes to get lives saved doit!
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    Under the U.S. Constitution, the federal government has no authority to forbid the use of any drug. Such matters are left to the states, as the 9th & 10th Amendments confirm. For the feds to have power over drugs, a Constitutional Amendment would have to be passed, giving them that power. Therefore, all federal drug laws are invalid, illegal, and are an usurpation of power.
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