‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’ Introduced In Congress

United States Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with a bipartisan coalition of three Republicans (Reps. Rohrabacher, Rep. Justin Amash [R-MI], and Don Young [R-AK]) and three Democrats (Reps. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR], Steve Cohen [D-TN] and Jared Polis [D-CO]) today introduced House Bill 1523: the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act.

The measure would amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to exempt from federal prosecution individuals and businesses, including marijuana dispensaries and/or retail outlets, who comply with state marijuana laws.

“This bipartisan bill represents a common-sense approach that establishes federal government respect for all states’ marijuana laws,” Rohrabacher said in a news release. “It does so by keeping the federal government out of the business of criminalizing marijuana activities in states that don’t want it to be criminal.”

The proposal is one of several marijuana law reform bills now pending before the United States Congress, including House Resolution 499: The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, House Bill 689: the States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, and Senate Bill 359: the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013.

  • To see socially-regressive, sanctimonious neanderthals falsely crying God, nationalism, or patriotism while denigrating, bullying, threatening, and even murdering the ill and dying—for choosing to exercise their God-given right to self-medicate with one of Earth’s most medically efficacious plants.

    To see our prisons filled to budget-busting capacity on the false pretense of protecting people from themselves.

    To see the selective targeting and destruction of African-American families and African-American communities.

    To see the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of Americans destroyed or severely disrupted.

    To see our Federal government’s role in the international drug trade, funding their despicable black-operations throughout the entire globe.

    To see the huge market in narcotics gifted to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists, and corrupt law enforcement.

    To see our society spiral downwards into a dark abyss, while shady corporate entities exponentially enrich themselves.

    These are the dimensions of prohibition; which are terrifying and unconscionable; which are morally repugnant.

    Prohibition is about violence.

    Prohibition is about suffering.

    Prohibition is a nasty business.

  • BarleySinger

    Think for a moment of US History. It took a constitutional AMENDMENT to outlaw booze at a federal level. It could not be done with a law passed by Congress, or a regulation written by bureaucrats.


    Because the federal government is not grated that power under the constitution (read it some time). The ability to have federal laws OF ANY KIND that do not directly deal with an area where the constitution granted the feds some specific power – is unconstitutional. Nothing in the constitution granted the feds any sort of general police powers. That was left to the states.

    Nothing the DEA does is legal (not without an amendment). Very little of what the US Federal Marshals, the FBI and the CIA do is legal. None of what the NSA does is legal.

    If the feds *followed* the law then Federal police powers would be limited to counterfeit money, interstate commerce, international treaties and declarations of war (things granted to the feds in the constitution).

    But when have they ever followed their own “highest law in the land”?


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