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house Bill H.R. 3884

Should Marijuana Be Federally Decriminalized & Past Cannabis Crimes Expunged?

Argument in favor

Marijuana decriminalization with a criminal justice reform component is needed to address the negative impact of the War on Drugs on minority communities and create economic opportunity by ending the federal prohibition.

David's Opinion
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11/22/2019
If anyone thinks that making pot illegal did anything to curb use, they are deluded. It was and is easier to get than alcohol. It just filled up our for-profit prisons. Let it be legalized and regulated, just like booze. The politicians will be falling all over themselves with the new found pot of tax revenue (I live in Colorado, it will NEVER be criminalized again with all the new revenue). If done correctly with minimal regulation, it will kill off the black market. Just makes sense.
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Lisa's Opinion
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11/22/2019
The failed war on drugs is over. We are 40+ years behind on this legislation.
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Teresa's Opinion
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11/22/2019
Decrimializing marijuana will allow many people in jail to be released and get back into society. Then, we need to "lose the box" on applications asking for past criminal charges. They paid the price, now get them a job and make them a vital part of our communities! Thank you!
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Argument opposed

Marijuana is an addictive substance, and legalizing it will only increase its use. Rather than legalizing marijuana, we should instead look for ways to address the reasons for people’s marijuana use.

Brent's Opinion
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11/22/2019
While I strongly favor the legalization of marijuana, with restrictions similar to alcohol, this is not the right bill to do it. Particularly the bill will "Provide non-discrimination protections for marijuana use or possession." there is no such protection for alcohol or tobacco and it could impede the legitimate needs of employers to set safety standards for their workforce.
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John's Opinion
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11/23/2019
I support removing marijuana from Class 1 controlled substances and expunging the records of people with past offenses. I disagree with the sections of this bill which would support marijuana production and businesses. I'm still concerned about the negative effects of marijuana on the developing brain through late adolescence (24 or 25 years old). I support the legalization of medical marijuana if we can prevent its being misused as a simple pass for recreational use.
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David's Opinion
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11/22/2019
Anyone who thinks that marijuana has no more impact on a person’s mind than a Hershey bar is delusional. Congress has already proved to be corrupt and delusional with this Trump witch hunt. The people of this country must stand against any act that encourages or supports drug use. I had a smart friend in college used marijuana. He barely graduated and was a mindless idiot.
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    If anyone thinks that making pot illegal did anything to curb use, they are deluded. It was and is easier to get than alcohol. It just filled up our for-profit prisons. Let it be legalized and regulated, just like booze. The politicians will be falling all over themselves with the new found pot of tax revenue (I live in Colorado, it will NEVER be criminalized again with all the new revenue). If done correctly with minimal regulation, it will kill off the black market. Just makes sense.
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    Decrimializing marijuana will allow many people in jail to be released and get back into society. Then, we need to "lose the box" on applications asking for past criminal charges. They paid the price, now get them a job and make them a vital part of our communities! Thank you!
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    The failed war on drugs is over. We are 40+ years behind on this legislation.
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    Way to many people in prison for such a minuscule crime yet hardly any drunk drivers. Does this sound right to you?
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    Remove marijuana from schedule one. Marijuana does not belong in the same classification as meth and other dangerous drugs.
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    Marijuana should 100% be de-scheduled. The agriculture industry could do much more. Our states could do more with medical and recreational marijuana.
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    https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2019/11/16/vote-to-federally-legalize-marijuana-planned-in-congress/
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    This bill will help countless people who have been discriminated against due to the War on Drugs, and there is an abundance of statistics that show marijuana is actually much better for the general public than alcohol
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    There’s numerous reasons to legalize. First marijuana is much safer than nearly any other psychoactive substance we know of. With zero deaths and no evidence to suggest it poses any threat to the general population, the criminalization of it and disproportionate ethnicities of those arrested should be appalling to the general public, and it is. Most major polls consistently show that upwards of 70 percent of Americans support the decriminalization of marijuana. Another point to be made is that the current state of criminalization even harms the law abiding citizen. In many circumstances you could be pulled over by an officer and if a passenger in your car has marijuana in their possession that charge is on you. Another way it harms the average citizen is that with weed illegal and substances like alcohol and nicotine legal they may turn to the more harmful legal substances, in turn harming themselves. There’s many many more points to be made (I didn’t even touch on the economics), but the most critical thing is this. If you stand in the way of what is right and vote against this bill you are at fault for the ruined lives of not only those wrongfully arrested and prosecuted, but their absence in the lives of their loved ones.
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    Marijuana is a healing herb. Proved to be useful for Anxiety, Depression, PTSD as well as physical ailments. It should definitely be decriminalized, and then LEGALIZED at the Federal Level. Expunge all previous charges for marijuana use. There are good people rotting in a jail cell for no reason.
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    I mark yes cause marijuana is not making people commit crimes
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    This is a major opportunity for the state of Texas to benefit from this bill and you should support this bill. Re-elections votes will definitely reflect your vote on this one as our public servants. So, please do the right thing and choose the people over the party or your own conservatism.
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    While I strongly favor the legalization of marijuana, with restrictions similar to alcohol, this is not the right bill to do it. Particularly the bill will "Provide non-discrimination protections for marijuana use or possession." there is no such protection for alcohol or tobacco and it could impede the legitimate needs of employers to set safety standards for their workforce.
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    Should have been done long before now.
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    Decriminalization of marijuana is long overdue. It was part of the 'war on drugs campaign' and designed to incarcerate people of color at a disproportionate rate. Along with other criminal justice reforms, we needs to eliminate similar laws and the discriminatory application of all laws.
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    Cannabis is a solution to a plethora of problems. It should never have been prohibited and now is the time to remedy that.
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    The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act (HR 3884 / S. 2227) is bipartisan legislation that removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, thus decriminalizing the substance at the federal level and enabling states to set their own policies.
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    Absolutely. We need more tax revenue and and high wages to bring people up.
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    It’s legal in most states. Yes decriminalize it and pardon
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    Being mentally ill (yes, I am not ashamed) and having long extended bouts of depression, the Herb has pulled me through many a day. When I stopped smoking the Herb, I found myself having to get on many medications just so I can function. I am not saying the medications are bad. But I am saying is that smoking the Herb has in no way
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