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Congress: end the federal war on marijuana now! Support H.R. 1523, H.R. 499, and H.R. 2652.

Dear Member of Congress,

I'm writing to urge you to cosponsor H.R. 1523 (the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013), H.R. 499 (the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013), and H.R. 2652 (the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act). H.R. 1523 and H.R. 499 would let states set their own marijuana policies without federal interference. H.R. 2652 would allow banks to accept deposits from state-legalized marijuana-related businesses without fear of federal fines or prosecution.

Signed,

Drug Policy Alliance

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Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor bills to let states set their own marijuana policies without federal interference and allow banks to accept deposits from state-legalized...

Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor bills to let states set their own marijuana policies without federal interference and allow banks to accept deposits from state-legalized marijuana-related businesses without fear of federal fines or prosecution.

Legalizing marijuana is supported by clear majorities in Western, Eastern, and Midwestern states, and majorities in at least some Southern states such as Texas and Louisiana. 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use. 18 states have eliminated criminal penalties for marijuana possession. Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana like alcohol, and marijuana initiatives will be on the ballot in Oregon, Washington, D.C., Florida and Alaska this November.

It is clearer than ever that federal law needs to be updated to allow states to do what is best for their citizens without fear of federal intervention. Both H.R. 1523 and H.R. 499 would ensure that the federal government won't interfere with marijuana laws passed by the citizens of the states. This allows the federal government to assist states that want to keep marijuana illegal, without interfering in states that want to try a different approach.

H.R. 2652 is an important incremental step that will protect public safety and help small business owners.  Without this bill many state-legalized marijuana-related businesses are forced to handle large amounts of cash which makes them subject to robbery -- a clear threat to public safety -- and makes it harder for state governments and federal law enforcement to monitor their activities and hold them accountable. Allowing banks to deal with these entities makes it easier to enforce important taxes and regulations.

Marijuana legalization will begin to bring the currently underground and unregulated marijuana market under the rule of law, helping to curb the crime, violence and out-of-control youth access that flourish under the current prohibition.  

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