Federal Legislation Introduced: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act

Breaking news out of Congress! Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) is leading a new bipartisan bill that would modify the federal Controlled Substances Act, so that anyone acting in compliance with a state marijuana law would be immune from federal prosecution.

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

The Respect for State Marijuana Laws Act would protect marijuana users, dispensary operators, and other individuals who have been courageous enough to help take production and sales above ground into state-regulated markets.

Three Republicans and three Democrats have currently co-signed the bipartisan bill: Reps. Rohrabacher, Justin Amash (R-MI), Don Young (R-AK), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Jared Polis (D-CO).

If you don’t see your member of Congress on that list, please use our online action center to urge them to co-sponsor the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act and then urge your friends to do the same!

11 thoughts on “Federal Legislation Introduced: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act”

  1. Thank you for working to get bills on the ballot in 2016. I understand why you do not to focus on 2014, but i think your underestimating the impact CO and WA has caused in the increase support in this country for marijuana reform. I Think any bill you want for 2016 will easily pass in 2014. Thank you for your hard work to end marijuana prohibition, but think harder about focusing on 2014.

  2. Marijuana Federalism™ is “the new medical marijuana.” Just like MMJ, is a common-sense reform that is beyond politics. Maybe the people in Utah aren’t ready for responsible, adult use of marijuana? Maybe Californians are sufficiently forward-looking and tolerant to see the wisdom of tax-and-regulate?

    So why not endorse “different strokes for different folks?”

    Who could object to this?

    Only a politician, right?

  3. Our state lost 900 million dollars in revenue
    Due to these laws, other states lose out on
    Money. We have to do something new to get rid of this debt. The less money a state needs the more the government keeps .

  4. I BELIIEVE THAT THEY SHOULD LEGALIZE POT BECUAUSE I THINK THAT IT DOESN’T REALLY HURT ANYONE AND I THINK THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SELL IT TO THOSE THAT WANT IT AND NEED IT.

    THANK YOU,

    MIGUEL GUZMAN

  5. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has just changed me from straight Democrat back to my original Independent when asked about my political preferences. Well done and good luck, sir!

  6. “Fallibilist” is right. Federal jurisdiction over marijuana is by way of the “commerce clause.” The Feds can simply chose not to exercise that jurisdiction and leave it up to the states. That is where it belongs.

  7. Come on Kentucky, wake up! We got the the choice to move forward here along with the other states that have not made Marijuana legal! I have waited for a long time to see this come about. Lets get this done

  8. Hi all… I would like to bring up the fact that the government position on firearms is that if you have a medical marijuana card, you are a “prohibited possessor”, which means you are looking at 20 years in prison. This thanks to the hard line approach to stop drug smuggling. Please ensure that we don’t lose our 2nd Amendment rights because you are sick enough to require a different drug. This doesn’t seem to be even thought of. As a retired Law Enforcement officer that uses morphine for pain, I would like to try this, but this caveat in the law is not only not advised to people, but most are not aware of the potential problem. I would not attempt it unless I know the law will protect me and my firearms.

    I hope this law would abolish this practice, but I’m waiting to hear.

  9. what is going on with Florida??? There are a lot of baby boomers waiting for it here.There must be thousands of people here who need it also.I cant take a lot of meds because of reactions and Drs. say I and many would do well with it.If the law isn’t passed thousands of people will be moving,my family also.Lets get FLORIDA going!! Respectfully Gail Goodhue

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