Has the time finally come to end this prohibition of a plant that has so many beneficial properties? From medicine, textiles, paper, clothing, rope and much more. Casualties of many people have been affected by this so-called “War on Drugs” With the majority of Americans in favor of cannabis legalization and currently 4 states and DC have legalized marijuana for recreational use 23 others allow it to be used medicinally.
On Friday U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D) from Boulder, Colorado filed H.R. 1013 also called “The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act” that calls for the removal of cannabis from the Controlled Substance Act and to eliminate it Schedule 1 classification. Assigning the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to oversee it the same as liquor, and to omit the Drug Enforcement Agency. Finally, to put the choice of the States to legalize cannabis without any concerns of the federal government interfering with their independent legislation. Representative Polis said, “It is time for us to replace the failed prohibition with a regulatory system that works and let states and municipalities decide for themselves if they want, or don’t want, to have legal marijuana within their borders.” he continued on by saying “Over the past year, Colorado has demonstrated that regulating marijuana like alcohol takes money away from criminals and cartels, grows our economy, and keeps marijuana out of the hands of children,” The Colorado Rep. went on to say, “While President Obama and the Justice Department have allowed the will of voters in states like Colorado and 22 other jurisdictions to move forward, small business owners, medical marijuana patients, and others who follow state laws still live with the fear that a new administration, or this one could reverse course and turn them into criminals. It is time for us to replace the failed prohibition with a regulatory system that works and let states and municipalities decide for themselves if they want or don’t want, to have legal marijuana within their borders.” Making it legal and out of reach from the DEA, brilliant and definitely a big step in the right direction of Freedom. We can now talk about the money side of it, the grease that’ll move the gears.
From the beautiful state of Oregon comes U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D) from Portland, and his H.B. 1014 “The Marijuana Tax Revenue Act of 2015” A federal tax on all non-medicinal cannabis, this law would also impose penalties on people and business who don’t abide by the tax. All the smell of that money from Colorado blew into Washington DC and they now want a cut.
This tax would start at 10% then increase to 25% while they wait for the growth of the legal market and the disappearance of the black market. The government getting in on the action is nothing new, it would be like cigarettes, beer, or any other indulgence, this will make the politicians eager to accept the legalization. Blumenauer said, “It’s time for the federal government to chart a new path forward for marijuana,” stated Representative Blumenauer. “Together these bills create a federal framework to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana, much like we treat alcohol and tobacco. The federal prohibition of marijuana has been a failure, wasting tax dollars and ruining countless lives. As more states move to legalize marijuana as Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Alaska have done, it’s imperative the federal government become a full partner in building a workable and safe framework.”
Call your Reps. today and tell them to support H.R 1013 and H.R. 1014
Here is a quick link to find your U.S. Representative. House.gov
By Andre’ Gabriel Esparza – DontComply.com
A Pro Liberty, Pro Freedom, Human Rights Activist, very involved in a wide variety of Activism and Exposing the Truth at all costs.
But if they legalize it where will corporations get their cheap man power if it’s no longer can get it from the corporations running our prisons
I was a college grad with a bright future when my felony arrest for marijuana changed all that. I got a life sentence.
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