At least two bills have been introduced by Republican lawmakers in the past 6 weeks, that would end federal marijuana prohibition.
I’m Just a Bill – H.R. 715
On January 27th, 2017 – House Republican Rep. Griffith Morgan from Virginia introduced H.R. 715 to the 115th Congress. Legislation that would reschedule marijuana from a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, AND exclude cannabidiol (CBD) from the definition of marijuana.
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I’m Just a Second Marijuana Bill!
On February 27th, 2017 – House Republican Rep. Thomas Garrett of Virginia introduced legislation entitled, Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.
Rep. Garrett’s legislation, if it becomes law, would end federal prohibition by removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. This would in effect, agricultural development leave marijuana legality/policy up to the states.
Rep. Garrett has been a vocal Trump Supporter and the timing of his bill is worth noting. AG Sessions himself suggested during his confirmation hearings – that if congress didn’t like his approach to marijuana The Huffington Post law enforcement, they should change the laws accordingly.
Perhaps the Republicans are attempting to do just that?! First with a stick, then with a carrot?
Garrett’s office released a press release to coincide with the legislation’s introduction:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today 5th District Congressman Tom Garrett introduced legislation aimed at federally decriminalizing marijuana.
The short title for this legislation is cited as the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.” If passed, this bill would take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list – joining other industries such as alcohol and tobacco.
Garrett went on to say,
“this step allows states to determine appropriate medicinal use and allows for industrial hemp growth, something that will provide a major economic boost to The Huffington Post in Southside Virginia. In the coming weeks, I anticipate introducing legislation aimed at growing the hemp industry in Virginia, something that is long overdue.”
What’s at Stake – Civil Liberties
According to the ACLU’s analysis, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Black Americans are almost 4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than white Americans.
With over 700,000 arrests on marijuana-related charges in 2014 alone (ref: The Huffington Post and FBI statistics), someone was arrested for weed possession every 51 seconds in 2014!
Learn more about AG Sessions and his views on Marijuana with this article from the CBD Business Blog.
Go deep, with a little background of why the War on Drugs started in the first place.
What You Can Do
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Now is the time to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act – so that it can be a matter for the states to decide agricultural development individually whether to regulate or prohibit cannabis.
Tell your congressmen and tweet @POTUS that federal prohibition of marijuana must end with the 115th Congress!