Ron Paul, Barney Frank to introduce bill legalizing marijuana…

June 23, 2011

By Luis Robayo | AFP

A group of US representatives plan to introduce legislation that will legalize marijuana and allow states to legislate its use, pro-marijuana groups said Wednesday.

The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, and allow people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal.

The bill, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday by Republican Representative Ron Paul and Democratic Representative Barney Frank, would be the first ever legislation designed to end the federal ban on marijuana.

Sixteen of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

But planting, selling or commercially distributing marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Last year, California citizens voted not to legalize recreational marijuana use, although the debate continues in about half a dozen other states.

Three weeks ago a group of ex-presidents of Latin America as well as former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan denounced the failure of the global war on drugs and called for urgent changes, including the legalization of cannabis.

Between 1998 and 2008, worldwide consumption of opiates increased 35 percent, with cocaine use growing 27 percent and marijuana use growing 8.5 percent, according to the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

June marks the 40th anniversary of the “War on Drugs” launched by President Richard Nixon in 1970, the first major US anti-drug initiative.

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7 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • McCarthy says:

    I have always considered myself to be the most CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN on the face of the planet. When faced with this I say BREAK OUT THE FLEETWOOD MAC albums and let this puppy RIDE!!!!!!!!!

  • herb says:

    The so called war on drugs has been a Trillion dollar failure that the US can no longer afford in response to the Pharmaceutical Industry’s billions in lobbying efforts which results in KILLING over 100,000 american a year from overdoses of perscription drugs. There are no known overdose deaths from marijuana. This prohibition has denied american’s millions of; jobs, tax revenue, alternitive medicine, nation security and the freedom to chose. We should have learned as with alcohol prohibition does not work!

  • Rattlerjake says:

    This might be good in the long run, more pros than cons. Remember “Woodstock”? It’s mostly Liberals who are so adamant about drugs, so let them burn off the few remaining brain cells they have, and maybe they’ll walk in front of a car, fall off of a building, go swimming stoned (and drown), or whatever. This could be the answer to “natural selection”. We just need to build big incinerators to dispose of their worthless corpses. As for politicians, we can quickly “weed” (pun intended) out the stoners and put in intelligent conservatives. Of course, by legalizing it the price will go way down, or most will grow their own, and they will be so stoned that they won’t know how or be able to file for government benefits and starve or freeze to death. We can use all of the money wasted on marijuana enforcement on disposal facilities. Sounds like a ‘weiner’ (Anthony) to me.

  • James Hennen says:

    Now comes the slippery slope that everyone thought would not, could not happen. I will go the leglaization advocates one better: Now is the time to drop ALL laws in this country that are “against anything.” That way, all our elected official will be free to do as they have been doing, but doing under cover of darkness. Now they can do all they have been doing in the dark and move it into the “light.”
    This is the only way we, the stupid and easily mislead, can keep track of their shenanigans.
    This is NOT the country I served in the military for. This is NOT the country that my friends died for, but it is the country we have allowed it to become.
    History will say, shame on us. The Barney Franks of the House and Senate have brought us to this point.

  • We are finally starting to see the light,

  • 2nd Supporter says:

    The old retort was “Marijuana is a gateway drug.” Turns out it’s true; but not in the way expected; its the gateway to eventual legalization of most drugs of recreation aka abuse. Soon we will have wandering stoned zombies on our streets, cocaine, heroin etal will be doled out by some acronym laden government office and we will be taxed to support these drug taking unproductive cretins. Even Switzerland has learned it’s lesson; they’re getting rid of the legal heroin addicts and are re-thinking the legalization drug laws.

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