‘Respect State Laws Act of 2017’ Introduced By GOP Rep. | Marijuana

‘Respect State Laws Act of 2017’ Introduced By GOP Rep.


Thanks to Dana Rohrabacher (CA-R), a potentially critical new piece of legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would bar the Feds from prosecuting anyone for marijuana charges, provided their actions were compliant with their state’s laws.

Spearheaded by Rep. Rohrabacher and supported by a bipartisan group of congressional representatives, the “Respect State Laws Act of 2017” bill would essentially allow state law to TRUMP federal prohibition.

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CA-R Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

H.R.975 is cosponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Don Yong (R-AK), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep. Ted Yoho. (R-FL), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA-), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY). Passage of this legislation would provide an important safeguard against the feds trampling their states’ rights under the 10th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

An early supporter of the Trump candidacy, Rep. Rohrabacher is also a California medical marijuana patient who successfully sought pain relief from the medicinal herb for his chronic arthritis. Taking his third swing at preserving state sovereignty, MPP noted of Rohrabacher’s  recent bill:

“This is commonsense legislation that is long overdue,” said Robert Capecchi, Director of Federal Policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “It is time to end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and give states the authority to determine their own policies.”

No longer an issue for only left-leaning states, voters in 28 states plus the District of Columbia have consistently cast their ballots for some type of medical marijuana. Of the 28 MMJ states, 18 have opted to start with CBD-only bills or some other form of severely restrictive legislation.

With a new U.S. Attorney General at the helm, Rep. Rohrabacher’s legislation could be critical for the marijuana reform movement’s continued growth. Optimistically speaking, the most recent Gallup poll indicated 60% of those surveyed during October 2016 supported the idea of legalizing adult-use marijuana.

While politics and policy continue to ebb and flow, you can help to preserve a valuable form of medicine as well as your state’s individual autonomy by contacting your federal representative and supporting cannabis reform.

Find your state representative here.

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  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Rep. Dana Rohrbacher of California deserves a lot of credit for having the courage to stand strong in opposition, as he has for several years now on this issue. But I personally cannot trust the U.S. Congress to pass ANY more laws. All Congress needs to do is amend the 1970 Controlled Substances Act by completely erasing the fraudulent word “marihuana” and transfer the related legal authority to a renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Cannabis, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It’s as simple as that. No more laws! How about we start by abolishing the very law that’s been holding up progress—not to mention the waste of at least $100 billion taxpayer dollars, nor the tyranny imposed on millions of individual Americans arrested for marijuana offenses and their families—for almost 47 years.

  2. I wish Florida DOH would do the MMJ law on what we voted.
    I need to move back to California.
    Being a disabled Veteran that gets NO help from the VA..
    I do not want to die in vain……

  3. Oliver Steinberg on

    It is obvious that this bill won’t pass; even if it did, Trump would veto it. It’s a futile gesture.
    I respect Mr. Rohrabacher for his willingness to speak out on the problem of prohibition, but I can’t think much of his political judgement. By helping Trump as one of his early partisans, he contributed to the calamitous outcome whereby this modern-day Caligula managed to sneak into power (and never forget that Trump was NOT the people’s choice!)
    Rohrabacher was an early partisan of and remains an active supporter of this unPresident who praises the blood-letting ordered by the thug President of the Philippines against drug dealers and users; who can’t find a bad word to say about Vlad “the Impaler” Putin of Russia; who intends to rule the USA as a dictator with no respect for dissent, for the rule of law, or for “state’s rights” on the matter of cannabis laws.
    Despite sponsoring this non-starter of a bill, this Congressman along with every other member of the Republican party remains an active collaborator with Trump’s dictatorship, and can’t be excused from their complicity in Trump’s treasonous plans and actions. “Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason? If it doth prosper, none dare call it treason.” Anyone who votes for ANY Republican for any office is committing treason by proxy. Not that the Democrats are an effective alternative—our only hope is for new and braver patriotic leaders to emerge from the ranks of the ordinary people before the chance for resistance is crushed by a Tien-an-Men Square-type massacre.

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