Despite marijuana's current classification as a schedule 1 narcotic, as well as it's illegality on a federal level, two congressman filed two separate bills to the House of Representatives this past Friday, that would put an end to marijuana prohibition, once and for all.
"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," said congressman Jared Polis of Colorado, to Counter Current News.
According to Polis' newly introduced bill titled, Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act
, marijuana would be taxed and regulated in the same manner as alcohol. The newly proposed bill would also remove marijuana from it's current classification on the scheduled list of controlled substances.
"While President Obama and the Justice Department have allowed the will of voters in states like Colorado and 22 jurisdictions to move forward, small business owners, medical marijuana patients, and others who follow state laws, still live with fear that a new administration-or this one-could reverse course and turn them into criminals," said Polis in a statement this past Friday.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon also proposed an act titled, the Marijuana Tax Revenue Act
, which would impose mandatory taxes on regulated marijuana, and hopefully provide a monetary reason for why politicians should take a definitive stance on legalizing pot. Under Blumenauer's proposed bill, states would still have the right to enact their own prohibitions regarding use and distribution of the drug, however, from a federal perspective, the ban on pot would be null and void.
Both of the congressman's proposed bills would essentially declaw the Drug Enforcement Administration from overseeing and policing marijuana. Rather than having the DEA continue it's onslaught against marijuana users, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, would regulate marijuana in the same manner as alcohol.
Earlier this month, Washington D.C. officially decriminalized marijuana, even though the sale of the plant is still prohibited. To date, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska have all legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, and 23 states in total, have legalized marijuana for medical reasons. Marijuana advocates believe it's only a matter of time before federal legalization is the norm, but only definitive answers from our government will be sure signs that change is actually taking effect.
"Its imperative the federal government become a full partner in building a workable and safe framework," said congressman Blumenauer, in a final statement to Counter Current News.