Federal Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced

June 22, 2009

(ChattahBox) — House Representative Barney Frank along with 16 co-sponsors, has introduced legislation to change federal policy regarding medical marijuana. Bill H.R. 2835 will reschedule marijuana according to the Controlled Substance Act and protect patients in compassionate states from federal arrest and prosecution.

The “Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act” will reschedule marijuana from a schedule one drug to a schedule two drug. The legislation will also protect patients in states that have approved the use of marijuana as a medicine.

Kim Russell, Founder of People United For Medical Marijuana, a political action committee registered with the Florida Division of Elections, had this to say about the bill: “This legislation will confirm what President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have stated – it is a state’s right to make decisions with regards to medical marijuana. This will ensure patient’s safety from federal arrest and prosecution once we change Florida’s laws.”

A growing body of research confirms the medical benefits of marijuana and its active compound for treating a number of medical conditions. The New England Journal of Medicine has editorialized in favor of marijuana’s medical use. In January, the nation’s second-largest group of physicians, the American College of Physicians, weighed in, also in favor.  Since California passed a law legalizing medical marijuana in 1996, 12 more states have followed suit and 15 others have groups aiming to change the laws. Of the 13 states with such laws, four approved them through their legislatures and nine approved them by ballot measures.

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5 Responses to “Federal Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced”

  1. TYC on June 23rd, 2009 9:30 am

    It’s a really simple choice. If you like the system currently in place then by all means allow the drug gangs to distribute drugs to all (including our children) and to receive all profits and pay absolutely no taxes.
    The only other option is to

    LEGALIZE, REGULATE, AND TAX.

    Currently children have access drugs because there are no regulations on it. Anybody can grow, sell, or use it. It is an untaxed, unregulated asset. Regulation will remove cannabis from the easy grasp of youth. Seen many alcohol or cigarette dealers around the school yard? Regulation removed these items from the easy reach of children. With cannabis, the government has taken a hands off approach. They keep cannabis and hemp illegal and only move to investigate, arrest, eradicate, and apply asset forfeiture laws all of which do not appear to be providing the intended drug-free results. Prohibition provides the forbidden fruit. It’s cool, secret, you got away with something… Prohibition doesn’t work. I don’t think you could get more people using cannabis if you wanted. The country is awash in it. It’s past time to learn from our history with alcohol and finally end cannabis prohibition.

  2. Jessi on June 23rd, 2009 1:21 pm

    I completely agree with TYC. It’s not going to become less of a problem until there is nothing “mysterious” and “alluring” about it. Then it can be out of the hands of shady dealers on the street. Also, if it is taxes it may be more expensive to find which will make those buying it less. I’m sure there will still be some people buying and selling to make a profit, but at least there will be other regulated alternatives. Right now it’s only allowed medicinally but it’s only a matter of time before gov realizes they really need that tax.
    http://www.newsy.com/videos/in_pot_we_trust

  3. REDWHITEBLUE on June 23rd, 2009 2:30 pm

    I realize there are adults and MANY politicians that believe in maintaining the status quo of cannabis as a “harmful” and “cancer causing” drug which turns people into bats and cannibals. There are many that still believe that misperception. They also believe we are doing a GREAT job with programs such as D.A.R.E. and police/DEA with their “busts” and search and seizer efforts of the FAILED Drug War. Many of these people are in Congress themselves.

    Then there are the majority of educated adults in this country that see the prohibition of marijuana costing the responsible tax paying citizens billions on enforcement and missed revenue opportunity… Prohibition of cannabis has cost billions of dollars and we as Americans have absolutely nothing to show for it besides overcrowding jails, irate citizens whose legislators do not listen to them or scientific data, a government department (D.E.A.) who still have cannabis classified as a “Schedule 1 Substance ” with no medicinal value, and an easy drugs for teenagers to get a hold.

    Prohibition on cannabis hasn’t controlled marijuana, it has made it readily available to anyone who wants to buy it… The busts we see everyday in the news… doesn’t do jack sh*t.

    Use our brains Americans. This isn’t a Leftwing or Rightwing idea, it is a humanitarian and educated thing to do. Legalize, control, regulate, and tax cannabis.

  4. Mr. Bob Dole on June 23rd, 2009 4:22 pm

    Great news, but lets keep the cartoon characters off the baggies, ok.

  5. Jay on June 24th, 2009 9:30 pm

    Woah, I was not expecting this to come so soon. Though I know it may not pass right away, I also know that more and more people are on the side of medical marijuana as time passes. This makes me very happy to see the federal government going this route.

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