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.
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.
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