‘Respect States and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2012
As Americans make their opinion known on the sticky topic of recreational marijuana consumption, the United States Representatives have recently presented bipartisan legislation for congressional consideration – witness House Bill 6606 (kind of an ominous number) titled, the ‘Respect States and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2012. The aim of House Bill 6606 is to modify the CSA – (United States Controlled Substances Act) providing clear directives instructing that the US federal prohibition of marijuana shall in no way take precedent over the voter approved state marijuana laws.
The brave and courageous congressional representatives who sponsored this bill were Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado, and is co-sponsored by Reps. Sam Farr (California), Ron Paul (Texas), Grijalva (Arizona), Blumenauer (Oregon), Coffman (Colorado), Cohen (Tennessee), Frank (Massachusetts), Lee (California), Pingree (ME), and Polis (Colorado). Thus far House Bill 6606 has been sent to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
“I am proud to join with colleagues from both sides of the aisle on the ‘Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act’ to safeguard states’ rights and immediately resolve any conflict with the federal government,” proclaimed Rep. DeGette when the bill was first introduced,“Within the state of Colorado we’ve witnessed the aggressive policies of the federal government in their treatment of legal medicinal marijuana providers. My constituents have spoken and I don’t want the federal government denying money to Colorado or taking other punitive steps that would undermine the will of our citizens.”
Rep. Polis of Colorado chimed in, stating “The people of Colorado and Washington voted in overwhelming numbers to regulate the sale of marijuana. Colorado officials and law enforcement are already working to implement the will of Colorado voters, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress and officials in the administration to deliver clear guidance that ensures the will of the people is protected.”