History on the Hill: Barney Frank, Ron Paul Propose Legislation That Would End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Today, a handful of visionary and courageous Members of Congress, led by Rep. Barney Frank, introduced the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011,” a bill that would treat marijuana the way alcohol is treated under federal law. It would give each state complete freedom to regulate marijuana in the manner it believes is in the best interests of its citizens. If a state wants to make marijuana available to patients, it can. And if it prefers to make marijuana legal for all adults, it can do that, too.

“The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, allowing people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal,” according to the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates for pot legalization. “The legislation is the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition.”

More than a dozen states allow the sale of medical marijuana, but the practice is not legal under federal law, leading to confusion and clashes between local and federal authorities. via Huffington Post

Hundreds of billions of dollars have been wasted on marijuana prohibition over the past forty years. And for what? Usage rates don’t change. The price of marijuana doesn’t change. All prohibition has done is ensure that profits have remained underground while marijuana itself has been unregulated and less safe.

It is time to tell your representative in Congress to put an end to this massive waste of government resources. States must be set free to experiment with marijuana policy.

MPP has produced a number of pre-written emails to convey this message to your U.S. representative. Please take two minutes to send one along so that your representative knows how important this issue is to you.

With your help, we will bring this war on marijuana users to an end!

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36 thoughts on “History on the Hill: Barney Frank, Ron Paul Propose Legislation That Would End Federal Marijuana Prohibition”

  1. Before contacting our representatives, I’d like to read the actual text of the proposed legislation.

    Where is the actual text of the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011?”

  2. I’m not going to be pessimistic. This paranoid schizophrenic nannyism that was done by the prohibitionist must end.
    The citizens of the United States had enough of being threaten and treated like criminals even when they have nothing to do with cannabis.

  3. Anyone who’s in favor of representative democracy should be in favor of this bill.

    • If your state is conservative, they will vote to keep or INCREASE cannabis penalties.

    • If your state is liberal, they will vote to remove or DECREASE cannabis penalties.

    • The reason that conservative Republican Ron Paul and liberal Democrat Barney Frank can agree on this is simple: they both believe in federalism, which means decentralized power.

    •To oversimplify a little bit, our battle-cry going forward should be Let The People Choose!

  4. Obama can be against legalization and FOR this bill! If he supported this, he’d win my vote back.

  5. Definitely in the right direction. I don’t think it’ll go anywhere quite yet, but at least they’re FINALLY talking about it… There has been a lot of buzz going around about ending prohibition, could this be the time?? We don’t know. That doesn’t mean sit here and wonder, be part of the action! If you don’t contact your congressman/woman you are part of the problem. Even if you contact them because you disagree with this bill, I think you’re better than those who do nothing.

  6. I dont think it should be understated how important this Bill would be in allowing states to have their MMJ programs secured. The “tolerance” of the Obama administration towards MMJ is just one memo away from disappearing with the next “social conservative” that takes the White House.

  7. When are they voting on it? I hope it happens soon. I need it for depression and anxiety. I can’t wait till this happens, it’s inevitable, but I just hope it doesn’t take that long.

  8. Yeah, this need to be voted on before someone like Romney gets into the white house, cause he’ll kill it immediatley.

  9. People need to believe in themselves and vote. They know that life and the economy sucks and they don’t need a money hungry psycho nanny telling them what to do.
    Here’s your chance for a better world. Be self-responsible and fire that nanny from hell.

    Be happy and end the marijuana prohibition.

  10. Congress and the Feds should be glad about this. They have their hands full with other matters, so why in the hell not let the states handle cannabis. The federal government sure as hell can’t. The people are going in one direction, and the feds in another.

  11. Delete ‘marijuana’ from the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 because it is a planted virus that was originated by the late former President Richard Nixon and the late former Attorney General John N. Mitchell on their created efforts to take away the rights and liberty of people who disagrees with Nixon’s policies.
    The Controlled Substance Act of 1970 with it’s anti-marijuana statement has corrupted our government with corporate greed and organized crime.
    It is destroying humanity.
    It also doesn’t fit in with the Republican Philosophy of government. This unconstitutional law and it’s spreading infection, is killing Lady Liberty and she needs your help.

    Remove marijuana completely from the Controlled Substance of 1970.

  12. House judiciary chairman Lamar Smith (A real piece of shit) has vowed to make sure this bill never sees the light of day.

  13. Lamar Smith Campaign Finances http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?type=C&cid=N00001811&newMem=N&cycle=2010 Note the $20,000 from the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Here’s more about their nation-wide contributions http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/totals.php?cycle=2010&id=D000000101

    Note also that Mr. Smith received $2,000 funding from Corrections Corporation http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00366468&cycle=2010 , a giant for-profit prison company. Mr. Smith accepts money from big alcohol and the prison industry and is working to keep profits high for his financial backers.

  14. Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.

    The current proposal before Congress, bill HR 2306, will remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances while allowing states to decide how they will regulate it. Email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml and ask them to sign on as a CO-SPONSOR of HR 2306.

    For more info, here’s the USA Today article
    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/06/ron-paul-barney-frank-marijuana-/1

    And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom-loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great service for all of America!

  15. I have been forced to postpone my education due to a marijuana charge and excessive fine and fees to Burleson County, Caldwell, Texas. If there is truly a government out for the peoples well being then this cycle of abuse and slander will stop. The persecuted plant is not nearly as harmful as liquor or smoking tabaco and yet has fines and fees equal to beating your wife, and other violent illegal acts that actuall hurt humanity. Yet with so much focus on vice crimes, crimes of choice, and an undue sense of right and wrong we go after though whose only true offense is their pursuit of happyness. If there is any real system of justice it will stop this cycle and allow me to continue with my life and education which will help this nation. For the past year my life has been stunted due to fees out of my price range. I’ve been forced to beg for food so that i could eat and pay off the government fines. Is that justice to postpone my life, education, food, and growth? Absolutly not.

  16. i think if they legellize it the staits could tax it and sell it in smoke shops and they my not have the deffest they do now

  17. It is the prohibitionist that are trying to change the United States to become more like China and the former Soviet Union.
    United States must regain its strength. HR 2306 must pass.

  18. Lamar Smith said
    “Marijuana use and distribution is prohibited under federal law because it has a high potential for abuse and does not have an accepted medical use in the U.S.,” “The Food and Drug Administration has not approved smoked marijuana for any condition or disease.”
    “Decriminalizing marijuana will only lead to millions more Americans becoming addicted to drugs and greater profits for drug cartels who fund violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Allowing states to determine their own marijuana policy flies in the face of Supreme Court precedent,” Smith said.

    Wow… another scripted response that is so out dated. We dont need the The Food and Drug Administration stamp of approval?? Why so they can to continue to conduct their clinical trials in secret, hiding results from the public and hand selecting only those clinical trials they wish to make public. The scientific proof has been made public. When will Lamar accept facts and not the hideous fiction that he continues to contribute to.
    I pray this conspiracy on marijuana will end. We are all so much smarter than this.

    -Not so proud to be American

  19. I think Lamar needs to GOOGLE THC for Cancer! I wish someone would ask that dumb ass about Patent#6630507. Funny how a SCHEDULE 1 drug that is highly addicive and zero medicinal value has been given a freakin patent for ANY and ALL MEDICIAL PRODUCTS produced from Cannabis!!!!???? I could put Lamars FEET in his stupid mouth in 2 minutes.. we deserve to use this plant for what GOD INTENDED US TO USE IT FOR…Food/Fuel/Fiber & Medicine. Ron Paul for President people!!!

  20. 8 Co-Sponsors to HR 2306 Come on people email your Reps to get them to add there name to the bill.

    Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] – 6/23/2011
    Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] – 6/23/2011
    Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] – 6/23/2011
    Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] – 7/13/2011
    Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 7/8/2011
    Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] – 6/23/2011
    Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] – 6/23/2011
    Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-46] – 7/13/2011

  21. c’mon gov brashear!get off the f”n dime!,pass some sensible cannabis laws here in kentucky!…NO MORE WAR ON CANNABIS!

  22. Cmon president OBAMA and legislators get the “H” off the dime,and pass some sensible cannabis laws! it’s not 1937 anymore!..with respects,steven murphy louisville,kentucky

  23. Quasi-Legal Marijuana For The Few

    There are tens of millions of marijuana smokers in this country alone. Why haven’t they, we, come out en mass and supported medical marijuana? Simple. The focus of medical marijuana is not on the majority of smokers at all. It is aimed at those who want to pay high prices, an elitist group, for a product that at best is questionable. In the states where medical marijuana is quasi-legal very little has changed at street level. One can still go to jail for possession of small amounts of marijuana if not holding a get-out-of-jail-free card, a medical marijuana card. These cards are not free. The price of dispensary weed is horrendous. The quality per weight/dollar very questionable when compared to what can be had on the street in many places. The cartels are still raking. The jails still full.

    Total legalization is an answer!

    Total legalization – Possession of less than 2 ounces in single container – no penalty whatsoever.
    Total legalization – Growing 3 to 6 FEMALE plants, indoors or outdoors – no penalty whatsoever.
    Total legalization – Sales – no penalty whatsoever for small amounts.
    Total legalization – Would make available more alternatives to both cartels and expensive weeds.
    Total legalization – Bring foreign countries other than the cartel countries into a legal market.
    Total legalization – Reduce the jail burden for non criminal offences of which pot is one of the biggest.
    Total legalization – Puts needed money into a teetering economy. Marijuana smokers pay taxes on everything like everybody else. Home growing could cause more people to have money, buy more goods and services, thereby paying more taxes without taxing the product itself, now seeing that marijuana is very difficult and expensive to “regulate”.

  24. I reviewed the prepared email that appears in the “contact your legislator” section, and being an English major, I found some issues with it… for those of you who wish to use it, please feel free to copy and paste it into an email to your elected representatives here… http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

    Since 1937, the federal government has imposed marijuana prohibition upon all states in the nation. Even in recent years, when 16 states and the District of Columbia have enacted medical marijuana laws, Congress has refused to modify current federal law in a manner that would allow these state laws to be carried out without interference. In fact, each of the last three administrations has attempted to interfere with state medical marijuana laws in one way or another. This disparity between state and federal law, and indeed, the wide range of public policy on this issue among the states themselves, would suggest that the public interest of this great nation might best be served by allowing the states to decide marijuana public policy, rather than dictating often-times conflicting policy at the federal level.

    Clearly, current policies have done nothing to reduce rates of marijuana use. And millions of arrests for marijuana possession have not made our streets any safer. If the leaders of a state — or the people of a state through the initiative process — believe that the best solution is to have marijuana sold in a tightly regulated system, federal law should not stand as an obstacle.

    The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 would give states the freedom they need to enact marijuana policy reforms. It would dramatically reduce the role of the federal government in marijuana prohibition by limiting its involvement to situations in which marijuana is shipped into a state in violation of that state’s laws. This is similar to the federal government’s role in alcohol distribution.

    I hope that you will become a co-sponsor of this important legislation. I also ask that you urge your colleague, Lamar Smith, to place H.R. 2306 on his committee’s agenda, to allow the facts to heard.

    Sincerely yours,
    (your name, address, and telephone contact information)

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