The Ending of the Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act -news
The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act
would basically do just that at the federal level. States would not be forced to legalize marijuana, but those that do could work to establish an effective framework for regulation without having to worry about the federal government interjecting with criminal charges, liens or fines. It would also strip the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of marijuana regulatory power, handing it over instead to a newly-renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms.
Polis was quoted in TIME Magazine as saying Americans recognize that the war on drugs has failed and substance abuse must be treated as a health issue, rather than a criminal matter. A national Gallup poll conducted last fall revealed that more than half of all Americans believe recreational marijuana use should not be a criminal offense.
In addition to these actions, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. expressed his intention to hold hearings on how to approach the inherent conflict between federal and state #$%$ laws. Also, our own Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, D-Calif., has hinted at the introduction of a bill to give states sole regulatory authority on marijuana.
It's not expected to end there. Blumenauer said he anticipates up to 10 marijuana-related bills to be introduced this year