Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013: Read Jared Polis-sponsored bill


Original post, 9:52 a.m. February 5: Representative Jared Polis has long been among the most progressive members of Congress on the subject of marijuana. Today, however, he's launching his most ambitious effort yet to reform pot policy, by introducing the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013.

A complete copy of the bill is below, but here are some of the basics.

The opening section of the document features "Amendments to Decriminalize Marijuana at the Federal Level." It begins with a call for the U.S. Attorney General to issue an order removing marijuana -- or "marihuana," as it's spelled in at least one instance -- from the Schedule I list encompassed by the Controlled Substances Act. The bill also calls for penalties associated with marijuana to be stricken from laws such as the National Forest System Drug Control Act of 1986.

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Photo by Kim Sidwell.
Polis at a marijuana industry event last year.
Permitting of marijuana businesses under the act would be handled by the Treasury Department. Meanwhile, marijuana would be added to the Act of August 8, 1890, otherwise known as the Wilson Act or the Original Packages Act, which pertains in part to alcohol. An amendment would mandate the insertion of the words "or marijuana" after the phrase "intoxicating liquors or liquids."

Likewise, the bill states, "The Food and Drug Administration shall have the same authorities with respect to marijuana as the Administration has with respect to alcohol" -- and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would be renamed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives."

The time frame for action after hoped-for passage? According to the text, "The Comptroller General shall conduct a review of Federal laws, regulations, and policies to determine if any changes in them are desirable in the light of the purposes and provisions of this Act. Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act the Comptroller General shall make to Congress and the relevant agencies such recommendations relating to the results of that review as the Comptroller General deems appropriate."

The document adds that "neither this Act nor any amendment made by this Act shall be construed to affect Federal drug testing policies."

Polis is sponsoring the bill with Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer. We're expecting statements from both shortly. In the meantime, here's an early look at the measure.

Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013

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lesterwaynedobos
lesterwaynedobos

Well  Jared Polis and Earl Blumenauer you deserve a thank you.  Thanks for pushing this forward.  Thanks for your work.  Please fellow people support LEAP law enforcement against prohibition and NORML and lets end the war on drugs.  

Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro

I support any reasonable act that stops treating otherwise law abiding citizens as violent criminals...I smoke and I vote

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hey Jared Polis -- why don't you introduce a Bill to Regulate Homosexuality Like Alcohol ?


CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

17(b) REDESIGNATION OF BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES AS BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, MARIJUANA , FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES.

Wait wasn´t the BATF the ones who were running guns to gangs in Mexico under opperation Fast and Furious?  Yeah let´s add the huge budget from the DEA´s domestic marijuana budger to the new BATMF so we have two types of law enforcemnt for the war on drugs. The DEA for everything everywhere and the BATMF for marijuana in the United States.  Oh and let´s give some more power to the Secetary of Tresuary, Tim Geithner. Hey wait wasn´t Tim Geithner the one who helped push through the greatest robery ever know, the 2008 bailout!  I am sure this all will work out fine, with the political awaerness and polititcal courage the people of America have what could possably go wrong? 

Monkey
Monkey

Ron Paul tried to do the same thing, hopefully this will go further. Unfortunately I doubt it. I am kind of impressed with Polis though, he is one of the few who believe cannabis and guns should be less prohibited instead of more prohibited. A little bit more freedom is something we all deserve, gun and cannabis owners alike.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

Thanks, Polis, but 2 more years???   JHC!  The 'studies' and research has been undertaken by citizens themselves for the last 76 years--no one has died--do we really need 2 more years of this BS? 

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

$50/oz tax is enough to tell polis to go back to the drawing board

Bradley Langston
Bradley Langston

I have never understood the hysteria surrounding marijuana. Tax it and budget problems solved. And no, I don't smoke it.

Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

yes because i am a sane logical person (and not a smoker)

Todd Elsen
Todd Elsen

I would and will. Regulate it and tax it.

Timothy Black Tail Deer
Timothy Black Tail Deer

yes. people who break laws that prohibit marijuana do not need to be locked up with violent criminals.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

When will these clowns learn that Marijuana is NOT Alcohol ... not even close.

If there is any analogy to be made, it should be with TOBACCO.

Fucking imbeciles.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@lesterwaynedobos ... this bill does NOT end the War on Drugs ... or even Marijuana ... it just transfers the Government Soldiers to another division where the War will continue.

Don't be stupid.


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  

You are such a dick ! 

I love it !!!

If you ever see my crippled ass along w/ my Rottie 'Clyde',  out in public , 

you MUST come introduce yourself . We SHOULD be writing comedy !

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

@Bradley Langston You don't smoke it? That might have something to do with your willingness to tax it, presumably over and above sales tax, no?

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay If i can't have it regulated like tomatoes, I'd rather have it regulated like craft beer. At least then you could take your personal crop out in public, let people use it in public and enter competitions. I also like how Colorado separates Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail related to alcohol, separating the industry instead of lumping them together like our MMJ regulations.

lesterwaynedobos
lesterwaynedobos

@DonkeyHotay @lesterwaynedobos 

Well at least those Government soldiers won't be raiding non criminal people.  They will have the resources to focus on more important priorities rather than the business of a harmless plant.  The movement has been set in motion and I sense the snowball getting bigger.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey... only clueless ignorant imbeciles -- and anti-marijuana haters -- would ever suggest or agree that "harmless" marijuana should be regulated like any form of alcohol.

Prohibitionists and Government Enforcement agents count on spineless surrender-monkeys like you to roll over and piss on themselves.

For all your pompous 2nd amendment pro-gun posturing about needing your precious pistols to defend the Constitution and Nation against Tyranny ... the government will never need to fire a shot as long as small-minded myopic serfs continue to SURRENDER their rights piecemeal.


Monkey
Monkey

@lesterwaynedobos   I don't think Washington residents get to grow any plants for fun. The only ones who can grow there are medical patients.  

lesterwaynedobos
lesterwaynedobos

@DonkeyHotay @Monkey 

Colorado and Washington allows   recreational  users to grow 6 plants.  The bud from that production the government doesn't touch.  Who wants to smoke FED garbage anyway, its all about the real homegrown.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey "The plant would no longer be a controlled substance"

The plant, it's manufacture and commerce, would be COMPLETELY CONTROLLED by the anti-drug government thugs at the BATFe ... you ignorant simian.

Same shit, same BigGovernemt CONTROL, RESTRICTION and REGULATION ... all under Penalty of Law.


Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay 

"DEA --> ATF = same shit, different day." I agree, but if it's removed from the CSA, both agencies will be less likely to "bust down your door" because they will be busy regulating the lawful commercial industry, and un-interested in the lawful acts of the public. The ATF doesn't care if I make beer or guns, and they don't care if I use beer or guns. The DEA, however, does go after people who make and use marijuana.

The removal of marijuana from the CSA would be great, no matter who regulates the commercial industry, who cares about commercial weed  anyway? The plant would no longer be a controlled substance, and we could create, share and use cannabis the same way we can create, share and use beer and guns, with no licenses, fees or law enforcement agencies involved.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@lesterwaynedobos ... giving the BATF total and complete control of Marijuana will simply change the initials on the backs of the jackets the government thugs wear when they bust down your door for marijuana.

DEA --> ATF = same shit, different day.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt @Monkey 

A64 = a SELF-imposed Tax on Stupidity

Now BEND OVER and get REGULATED by the Fist of Government that you begged for, Kevin.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@Monkey I agree.  The donkey hates all species of the genus Cannabis and anyone that might be in contact with the plant.  He applauds the government's efforts to harass cannabis users as a "tax on stupidity" and endorses 'decriminalization', which criminalizes users.  Donkey=Thurstone

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey "The DEA doesn't let me grow my own weed or let people use my weed or let me enter weed competitions, maybe the ATF would."

Only Government sycophants like you would surrender Liberty for a little temporary safety ... to enter some pathetic weed competition.

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay   Yes, I am a "anti-marijuana hater", I hate anti-marijuana laws and the people who support them. You don't get to fight or surrender Donkey, this is not a battle, it's a bill that will pass or fail without either of our opinions considered. The DEA doesn't let me grow my own weed or let people use my weed or let me enter weed competitions, maybe the ATF would. They already allow me to make my own firearms and let others use them and enter competitions with them. 

Why would anyone seemingly pro-marijuana be against removing marijuana from the CSA? Maybe it's you who are anti-marijuana, as Iv'e often suspected.

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