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house Bill H.R. 1824

Reforming Federal Laws to Protect Marijuana Businesses & Consumers

Argument in favor

Federal laws should be changed to allow individuals and businesses to produce and use marijuana in compliance with state law without fear of the feds prosecuting them, this bill would enact reforms to protect businesses and consumers.

Carole's Opinion
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06/23/2018
Voters are beginning to understand that cannabis causes no more harm, used in moderation, than other mild drugs that are used everyday by millions of Americans. Cannabis should take its rightful place along side nicotine and alcohol as a taxed, regulated, readily-available substance.
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Nick's Opinion
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06/23/2018
Prohibition hasn’t worked. Legalization has. The federal government should catch up with the states.
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Lauren's Opinion
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06/23/2018
Americans have already decided that marijuana should be legalized, at least under certain circumstances. Let the states have their say.
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Argument opposed

The federal government shouldn’t do anything to make it easier for individuals and businesses to produce or use marijuana in compliance with state law. If anything it should step up its prosecutions of such activities.

CannabisSavedMe's Opinion
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06/24/2018
Not good enough! Please consider doing the right thing, legalize Cannabis nationally and allow patients the ability to cultivate our medicine at home! My state of New York is robbing us patients blind! The cost of our medicine is nearly 5 times as much as the street value and the state forces us patients to commit federal felony by having “concentrates” be the only medicine available. Allow patients to have flowers and also to cultivate our medicine at home! We the people want it and we the people deserve it!
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James's Opinion
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06/23/2018
How many times must I say to all the Morons out there that if you want to smoke that S- -T them don’t expect to get far in life! I can’t hire a stoner to do work of any kind in the business that I’ve been in over my lifespan since teen age years! Construction! Heavy Equipment operation! Steel! And many others! To include the Military! We cannot afford to allow stoners in these fields! To include any field involved with engineering of any kind! This is serious and I don’t give a Rat’s Ass what your state says! My company(s) day NO! You want to make the big bucks? Then stay clean or you can just kick the can down the road in your lives and work at some fast food joint or Starbucks which I don’t go to as I drink real coffee!
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/23/2018
👎🏻Responsibly Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act 👎🏻 I’m opposed to this bill H.R. 1824 - Responsibly Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act of 2017 which would aim to reduce the gap between federal and state marijuana laws by removing federal criminal penalties and civil asset forfeiture for individuals and businesses complying with state law. It would also aim to reduce barriers for state-legal marijuana businesses, improve protections for marijuana consumers in states and tribal areas where it’s legal; and ensure veterans can access state-legal medical marijuana. Contrary to many on the Drug scene, Marijuana is very often the Portal Drug for many who’ve advanced to heavier and more dangerous addictive drugs such as cocaine or heron. Of course this will be denied 🙅‍♂️ and downright treated as an attack on the right for anyone’s right to use Marijuana as a means to treat medical ailments. Sadly, we’ve seen the progression from Marijuana to more addictive levels such as Amphetamines/ Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heron, and including Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications. The federal government shouldn’t do anything to make it easier for individuals and businesses to produce or use marijuana in compliance with state law. If anything it should step up its prosecutions of such activities. 6*23*18 SEE : https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1824/
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What is House Bill H.R. 1824?

This bill would aim to reduce the gap between federal and state marijuana laws by removing federal criminal penalties and civil asset forfeiture for individuals and businesses complying with state law. It would also aim to reduce barriers for state-legal marijuana businesses, improve protections for marijuana consumers in states and tribal areas where it’s legal; and ensure veterans can access state-legal medical marijuana.

Marijuana Consumer Protections

  • A process would be established to expunge criminal records related to marijuana convictions;

  • Students convicted of a misdemeanor offense for marijuana possession would be eligible for federal student loans;

  • Real property (ie land or buildings) would be exempt from civil asset forfeiture for marijuana activities in compliance with state or tribal;

  • Non-citizens wouldn’t be deported or classified as inadmissible to the U.S. for marijuana activities in compliance with state or tribal law;

  • The prohibition on drug-related criminal activity in federally assisted housing wouldn’t include marijuana activities in compliance with state or tribal law;

Marijuana Business Reforms

  • Businesses that sell marijuana in compliance with state or tribal law would be allowed to claim federal tax credits and deductions;

  • Restrictions on print and broadcast advertising for state authorized marijuana-related activities would be eliminated;

  • Protections would be created for depository institutions (ie banks) that provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses;

  • Marijuana-related businesses would be entitled to federal bankruptcy protections.

Other Marijuana Reforms

  • A new, separate registration process would be established for facilitating medical marijuana research;

  • Healthcare providers employed by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs would be authorized to recommend that patients participate in state marijuana programs;

  • Medical providers involved in an Indian health program would be authorized to make medical recommendations regarding marijuana.

Impact

Marijuana businesses and consumers; state governments; and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1824

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced this bill to shrink the gap between federal and state marijuana policies:

“As more states follow Oregon’s leadership in legalizing and regulating marijuana, too many people are trapped between federal and state laws. It’s not right, and it’s not fair. We need change now — and this bill is the best way to do it.”

This legislation has the support of eight cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: FatCamera / iStock)

AKA

Responsibly Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to reduce the gap between Federal and State marijuana policy, and for other purposes.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Financial Services
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
      Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
      Health
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedMarch 30th, 2017
    Voters are beginning to understand that cannabis causes no more harm, used in moderation, than other mild drugs that are used everyday by millions of Americans. Cannabis should take its rightful place along side nicotine and alcohol as a taxed, regulated, readily-available substance.
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    Not good enough! Please consider doing the right thing, legalize Cannabis nationally and allow patients the ability to cultivate our medicine at home! My state of New York is robbing us patients blind! The cost of our medicine is nearly 5 times as much as the street value and the state forces us patients to commit federal felony by having “concentrates” be the only medicine available. Allow patients to have flowers and also to cultivate our medicine at home! We the people want it and we the people deserve it!
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    Prohibition hasn’t worked. Legalization has. The federal government should catch up with the states.
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    Americans have already decided that marijuana should be legalized, at least under certain circumstances. Let the states have their say.
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    Hell yes... 80% of American biz is small biz! Although that is shrinking... States Rights and ease pain simultaneously... now that is America!!!
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    The states rights party should not be vilifying states that decide to allow access to marijuana. Statistics prove that it has helped the states economy and also has reduced the amount of overdoses. Legalizing it nationally and watch the economy grow.
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    Federal laws should be changed to allow individuals and businesses to produce and use marijuana in compliance with state law without fear of the feds prosecuting them, this bill would enact reforms to protect businesses and consumers.
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    Time to release our police forces from this issue to take care of more important things. Plus the benefits of this drug.
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    People need marijuana medically and should not be punished for using it or buying it.
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    Marijuana could be a better option for many. It shouldn’t carry harsh penalties.
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    This is great! Pass this bill right now! And better yet, just legalize marijuana on the federal level!
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    A long time coming. Cannabis is the most effective Medicine for those suffering with a myriad of conditions. Not to mention children who suffer from seizures. I have a friend whose son should not have been alive due to seizures, except for the miracle of cannabis. We’ve heard so many stories about veterans coming out of PTSD, and depression. I can’t wait for this bill to pass. It’s imperative that it does.
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    How many times must I say to all the Morons out there that if you want to smoke that S- -T them don’t expect to get far in life! I can’t hire a stoner to do work of any kind in the business that I’ve been in over my lifespan since teen age years! Construction! Heavy Equipment operation! Steel! And many others! To include the Military! We cannot afford to allow stoners in these fields! To include any field involved with engineering of any kind! This is serious and I don’t give a Rat’s Ass what your state says! My company(s) day NO! You want to make the big bucks? Then stay clean or you can just kick the can down the road in your lives and work at some fast food joint or Starbucks which I don’t go to as I drink real coffee!
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    If you still think that weed is a gateway drug and/or deadly. Then you should try science.
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    Damn right! States need to handle marijuana legalization on their own! I am tired of my tax dollars going to fight a Reefer Madness war on Marijuana. Billions of dollars have been wasted on surveillance, helicopters, police raids, courts and prisons. States that have legalized are showing great returns with additional tax dollars and reduced costs. Leave them alone and legalize at a federal level. BTW Canada recently legalized are we now going to build another wall? remove marijuana from schedule 1 drug list.
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    The states rights party should not be vilifying states that decide to allow access to marijuana. Statistics prove that it has helped the states economy and also has reduced the amount of overdoses. Legalizing it nationally and watch the economy grow.
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    The Feds need to catch up, pass the legislation.
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    Look this is going to happen regardless of what you do or think or say. The public is demanding that this product be available. There so many positives to this and so many negatives to alcohol. So let’s go here.
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    As a medical marijuana user to counteract inflammation of joints, I urge you to support making it easier for people like me to access the medication I need to live a significantly less pain-filled life. While I am not nor ever have been a recreational drug user, I believe legalizing recreational use would be a useful way to better control quality and add revenue to states sorely needing ways to balance their budgets.
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    Legalization goes hand in hand with regulation. Having marijuana legalized will make it easier for individuals to use the herb responsibly, and to it's greatest potential. Whether it's legal or not, people are still going to use it, so why not reap the benifits of it's use.
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