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house Bill H.R. 1940

If They're Complying With State Law, Should Pot Users be Free From Federal Prosecution?

Argument in favor

States should be able to devise systems for regulating marijuana without putting their citizens in a position where they have to worry about breaking federal law.

JeremieRoss's Opinion
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04/25/2015
What kind of backwards society tells you "you're allowed to do this, as long as you don't get caught by the people above us"
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04/25/2015
With overcrowded prisons, no need to fill it up with stoners who followed their state's law. Waste of money and prison space.
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Wendy's Opinion
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04/25/2015
Cannabis is not a dangerous drug, alcohol and tobacco are. Cannabis has a plethora of medical uses and saves lives. I suffer from 4 different medical conditions, including PTSD and chronic pain, that would be treatable with cannabis if it was legal and available. I know from personal experience it isn't addictive or a gateway to harder, dangerous drugs. Wouldn't it make more sense to allow people to use cannabis for pain, PTSD, seizures, even as a prophylactic medication to fend off Alzheimer's, etc., rather than take big pharma meds that have dreadful side-effects and sometimes cause death? It's impossible to OD on cannabis.
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Argument opposed

Normalizing the use and availability of marijuana in U.S. communities are detrimental to our youth, to public health, and to public safety.

Elinor's Opinion
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04/25/2015
I would have voted yea except for one taxpayer-supported problem. Anyone ignorant enough to destroy his/her health with this gateway drug, and wasteful enough to throw away money on it, should not be able to demand that we U.S. citizen taxpayers, through the federal government's stranglehold on healthcare costs, must pay the cost of deleterious effects of pot use. As it should be (but is not) with alcohol abuse and tobacco use, you who do all you can to destroy your health with products whose only functions are health destruction should pay for your own damaged bodies' health needs. Why should the rest of us pay for your hedonism?
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Frank's Opinion
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04/25/2015
It's time for the federal government to "poop or get off the pot" so to speak, either change the laws or enforce them!!!
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SunnyeT's Opinion
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04/27/2015
The latest research indicates that using pot destroys brain cells and observation of the public behavior of people under the influence certainly reinforces that conclusion. This is a state matter but if the state legislatures are so dumb, maybe the Feds should intervene. Just because people like to do it doesn't mean they should.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1940?

This bill would change federal law related to marijuana to protect those who are in compliance with state laws while producing, possessing, distributing, dispensing, administering, or delivering marijuana. 

Basically, if the state you live in says your pot use/production/distribution is okay — then the federal government can't stop you. 

This bipartisan legislation would in effect shield medical and recreational pot users and marijuana businesses from federal prosecution.  

Impact

People who use, distribute, produce, or administer marijuana products; the Controlled Substances Act; and law enforcement the local, state, and federal levels.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1940

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note: If you're wondering how many people agree with your position on legalizing marijuana, Pew Research has the numbers:

"Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing opposition. A slim majority (53%) of Americans say the drug should be made legal, compared with 44% who want it to be illegal. Opinions have changed drastically since 1969, when Gallup first asked the question and found that just 12% favored legalizing marijuana use." 

"Hasn't this already been taken care of?" you might ask yourself. You'd be half right. As the Huffington Post explains: 

"While a federal spending bill signed by President Barack Obama in December prohibits the Department of Justice from using funds to interfere in state-legal medical marijuana programs, the DOJ has said that it doesn't believe the congressional measure prohibits them from prosecuting individuals or businesses in violation of federal law."

So yeah, in the eyes of the federal government, marijuana is still illegal. 


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AKA

Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedApril 22nd, 2015
    What kind of backwards society tells you "you're allowed to do this, as long as you don't get caught by the people above us"
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    I would have voted yea except for one taxpayer-supported problem. Anyone ignorant enough to destroy his/her health with this gateway drug, and wasteful enough to throw away money on it, should not be able to demand that we U.S. citizen taxpayers, through the federal government's stranglehold on healthcare costs, must pay the cost of deleterious effects of pot use. As it should be (but is not) with alcohol abuse and tobacco use, you who do all you can to destroy your health with products whose only functions are health destruction should pay for your own damaged bodies' health needs. Why should the rest of us pay for your hedonism?
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    With overcrowded prisons, no need to fill it up with stoners who followed their state's law. Waste of money and prison space.
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    Cannabis is not a dangerous drug, alcohol and tobacco are. Cannabis has a plethora of medical uses and saves lives. I suffer from 4 different medical conditions, including PTSD and chronic pain, that would be treatable with cannabis if it was legal and available. I know from personal experience it isn't addictive or a gateway to harder, dangerous drugs. Wouldn't it make more sense to allow people to use cannabis for pain, PTSD, seizures, even as a prophylactic medication to fend off Alzheimer's, etc., rather than take big pharma meds that have dreadful side-effects and sometimes cause death? It's impossible to OD on cannabis.
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    It's time to end the failed war on drugs! Let people choose for themselves if they want to smoke marijuana.
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    They are obeying the law, leave them alone.
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    This strange conflict is unnecessary. We should let the various states experiment with their respective preferences for drug based punishments. It's their communities after all...
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    It's time for the federal government to "poop or get off the pot" so to speak, either change the laws or enforce them!!!
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    Opposing this is basically like saying "Throw people in jail or prison, thereby ruining their lives, just because you don't like them."
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    The Federal government needs to respect state's right that are constitutional.
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    If it's already allowed by the state then the federal government should just deal with it. 'Nuff said.
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    "I thought it was a bad idea, but states ought to have the right to do it." [theweek.com]
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    Drug control isn't a constitutional power granted to the federal government. Leave it up to the states.
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    The latest research indicates that using pot destroys brain cells and observation of the public behavior of people under the influence certainly reinforces that conclusion. This is a state matter but if the state legislatures are so dumb, maybe the Feds should intervene. Just because people like to do it doesn't mean they should.
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    Marijuana has been proven to have medicinal properties. This magnificent plant is just that, a wonderful plant that is safer than alcohol and tobacco. States should have the right to decide whether or not they want to reap the benefits of this plant or continue to fund the drug cartels and local black markets. Regardless of the legal status, Marijuana will be in your neighborhood whether you like it or not. Regulation is our best option, tax money will fund schools,education on drug abuse and infrastructure. Prohibition of any substance has proven to be a complete failure. Non violent drug offenders are not criminals. Marijuana and lgbt rights should be non-issue in the political arena. It is time to move on to more important issues that our national debt, and education system
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    Don't break federal law, that's a no-brainer. States shouldn't make laws completely contrary to federal laws either.
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    State rights bottom line, the DEA is a federal agency that does not represent the views and laws the people of the States that have followed what the people believe and enacted laws that the State's own people have voted upon.
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    It is the 21st century! Marijuana needs to be taxed and regulated like that of alcohol. Alcohol is ample times as destructive of a drug.
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    Drug use should be avoided. It should be legal, however. The government does not have the right to control your liberty to use a substance.
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    If the Cannabis is grown, dried, sold and consumed completely in one state that has made it legal to do all these things then it should fall under the states law not the federal one. I also believe that the war on drugs has been a huge expenditure with no real benefit other than to fill our prisons with mostly minorities. The war on drugs is very similar to Prohibition, a failure. If there are people out there who want something, the black market will support the need.
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