This New Bill Seeks to End the Federal Prohibition of Marijuana

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In the hopes of keeping Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and the DOJ from trampling on states’ rights, congressional members Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have introduced bipartisan legislation to remove marijuana from the fed’s list of controlled substances.

Called the “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017,” this bill parallels a proposal authored by Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2015.

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Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Per H.R. 1227, the bill would “limit the application of federal laws to the distribution and consumption of marijuana, and for other purposes; to the committee on Energy and Commerce.” Thereby removing marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) and doing away with marijuana’s current scheduling under federal law.

If passed, H.R. 1227 would provide states the necessary authority to cultivate their own unique marijuana guidelines – minus any burdensome meddling from the federal government.

Aimed at stripping the CSA of any authority over marijuana and the states that voted to legalize it, Congressman Tom Garrett issued the following statement from his government-funded website:

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Tom Garrett (R-VA)

I have long believed justice that isn’t blind, isn’t justice. Statistics indicate that minor narcotics crimes disproportionately hurt areas of lower socio-economic status and what I find most troubling is that we continue to keep laws on the books that we do not enforce. Virginia is more than capable of handling its own marijuana policy, as are states such as Colorado or California.

This legislation is a shot across the bow of the Department of Justice and their historic interference with states’ rights.

After pledging “greater enforcement” of federal marijuana laws during his confirmation hearing, Sessions called on irked legislators to modify the existing laws … which is exactly what Representatives Garrett and Gabbard hope to accomplish.

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Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

8 Comments

  1. This bill would take marijuana off the list of Schedule I drugs, but it would also ban all interstate shipping of marijuana.

    You wrote “Per H.R. 1227, the bill would ‘limit the application of federal laws to the distribution and consumption of marijuana, and for other purposes; to the committee on Energy and Commerce.'” That, however, is nowhere in the text of the bill.

    • ” this bill parallels a proposal authored by Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2015″ Did not say it was verbatim….It is crafted on the basis of Bernies…. Just a Small oversight I am sure…Cheers

  2. This bill is interesting, but technically unnecessary:

    THERE IS NO FEDERAL POLICE JURISDICTION IN THE CONSTITUTION and THE ENTIRE FEDERAL DRUG SCHEDULING REGIME violates the 10th amendment. The federal government has NO AUTHORITY to regulate medicine or prohibit agriculture within the states! This is a government of outlaws, and if we cannot remove them it’s time to dissolve the union:

    “Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others. The constitution of the republic should make a special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.” ― Benjamin Rush

    “When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.” ― Thomas Jefferson

  3. Pot was initially placed on the Schedule 1 list as a federal restriction on a “moral” choice not unlike alcohol prohibition (and subsequent turnaround). Time has improved our knowledge of this miracle plant however people in power that are rooted in arcane thinking continue to hold free Americans hostage to their private moral standards. Sessions comments only shows how common it is to be a good lawyer and use your skills to smother other people’s right of choice. He is enforcing the law based on 50+ year old misinformation (i.e. Reefer Madness). The Feds need to get the hell out of enforcing private views over the citizens of this nation.

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