Members of Congress Introduce Historic Bills

Ask Your Rep. To End Prohibition!There’s some big news coming out of Washington, D.C.: On Tuesday, congressmen from Oregon and Colorado introduced two historic federal marijuana reform bills to Congress.

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013. If passed, the bill would remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and institute a system similar to the alcohol regulatory structure that federally regulates marijuana. It would also transfer jurisdiction over marijuana from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to a newly renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms, and Explosives.

Please take a minute to contact your representative today and encourage them to support the bill to regulate marijuana like alcohol at the federal level.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the Marijuana Tax Equity Act, which calls for an excise tax of marijuana at the federal level. It also requires the IRS to develop a steady understanding of the industry. After the first two years, and every five years following, the IRS would produce a study of the trade, offering recommendations to Congress so as to improve upon the administration of the tax. Who ever thought that the words “IRS” and “taxes” would be cause for celebration?

The introduction of these bills was largely inspired by the passage of legalization initiatives last November in Colorado – where MPP provided most of the funding for the campaign – and in Washington state.

10 thoughts on “Members of Congress Introduce Historic Bills”

  1. I posted on NORML’s blog that I didn’t see anything in the talking points here about removing the obstacle of international treaties, and so far no one has speculated on it.

    Unfortunately, world treaties are still an excuse, an impediment when it comes to cannabis, while the U.S. ignores others, as evidenced by manufacturing evidence to go to war and torture and other shit the U.S. does that violates international treaties and conventions.

    I read in the Huffington Post today their article entitled “Report: More Than 50 Nations Involved In Bush-Era Torture Program” which drives home my point about the U.S. ignoring international treaties, yet pulling this shit that they can’t legalize weed because of international treaties.

    So is the Congress going to un-ratify, remove cannabis, then re-ratify such treaties? Are they simply going to amend the ratification? What?

  2. “The Oracle”:

    This is the example of America playing “the embargo card”. Keep weed illegal, or we will block shipments of your favorite goods to your country!

  3. remember that this would allow industrial hemp to create 7 million new jobs and save this country and the world.

  4. legalize it rid the people of the evil that is the pharmaceutical companies and paper companies. dont tax the hell out of it get rid of money entirely if you dont think this world would work better as a resource instead of monetary based society then your crazy. It is as simple as that your mind cant handle the freedom of not having to work no man having power over others and all things shared for mens benefit such as marijuana phycotropics and all things that involve freeing or increaseing mental thinking marijuana is simply the first in an overdue list of steps to evolve are thinking therefore evolving our being religion is the next major pillar then economy then man will finally be free to live instead of be slaves to the mighty dollar.

  5. When the voting results are in, it is the good time to update the listings of members of congress who voted and compare it to last year members.

  6. Please legalize marijuana…so many people need it and the time has come…criminalize the abuse of alcohol.

  7. If Marijuana is taxed excessively, a black market will still exist. The legal pot must always be cheaper and high quality to undercut the black market. Unrelated to tax revenue, govt expenditures for incarceration of pot dealers and smokers will disappear as well as their criminal history. Most pot smokers are non-violent, productive members of society. It’s about time for the public to have some common sense. It’s the children and grandchildren of these closed-minded, irrational people who are getting into trouble and exposed to the criminal elements.

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