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Proposed Bill Introduced in U.S. Congress Feb. 5, 2013 "Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition"

 
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Proposed Bill Introduced in U.S. Congress Feb. 5, 2013 "Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition"
PROPOSED BILL INTRODUCED
February 5, 2013
IN U.S. CONGRESS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
"ENDING FEDERAL MARIJUANA
PROHIBITION ACT"

United States Congressman
Jared Polis
2nd DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Washington, DC Office
1433 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2161
Fax: (202) 226-7840
Fort Collins Office
300 E. Horsetooth Rd. #103
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (970) 226-1239
Fax: (970) 226-8597Boulder Office
4770 Baseline Rd, #220
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: (303) 484-9596
Fax: (303) 568-9007
Frisco Office
West Main Professional Building,
101 West Main Street, Suite #101G,
P.O Box 1453
Frisco, CO 80443
Phone: (970) 668-3240
Fax: (970) 668-9679

Washington, Feb 5 - Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO)
and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
today introduced two pieces of legislation
to de-federalize marijuana policy
and create a framework
for the federal taxation of cannabis.

Polis’
Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act
would remove the
Drug Enforcement Agency’s authority
over marijuana
and allow states to choose
whether to allow marijuana for
medicinal or recreational use.

Blumenauer’s
Marijuana Tax Equity Act
would create a federal excise tax
on marijuana.

Together, these bills would provide
a system of regulation and taxation
for marijuana in states where it is legal.

“This legislation doesn't force any state
to legalize marijuana
but Colorado and the 18 other jurisdictions
that have chosen to allow marijuana
for medical or recreational use
deserve the certainty of knowing
that federal agents won’t raid
state-legal businesses,” said Polis.

“Congress should simply allow states
to regulate marijuana as they see fit
and stop wasting federal tax dollars
on the failed drug war.”

“We are in the process of a dramatic shif
t in the marijuana policy landscape,”
said Blumenauer.

“Public attitude, state law,
and established practices
are all creating irreconcilable difficulties
for public officials at every level of government.

We want the federal government to be a
responsible partner with the rest of
the universe of marijuana interests
while we address what federal policy
should be regarding drug taxation,
classification, and legality.”

The
Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act
follows Colorado’s model
of regulating marijuana like alcohol by:

Removing marijuana from the
Controlled Substances Act;
Transferring the
Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority
to regulate marijuana
to a newly renamed
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Marijuana and Firearms,
which will be tasked with regulating
marijuana as it currently does alcohol;
Requiring marijuana producers
to purchase a permit,
as commercial alcohol producers do,
of which the proceeds would
offset the cost of federal oversight;
and,
Ensuring federal law distinguishes
between individuals who grow marijuana
for personal use
and those involved in
commercial sale and distribution.

States could choose to continue
to prohibit marijuana production
or use in their states
and it would remain illegal
to transport marijuana to a state
where it is prohibited.

The Marijuana Tax Equity Act
would create the following framework:

This bill imposes a 50 percent excise tax
on the first sale of marijuana,
from the producer to the next stage
of production, usually the processor;
Similar to the rules within the alcohol
and tobacco tax provisions,
an occupational tax will be imposed
on those operating in marijuana,
with producers, importers and
manufacturers facing an occupation tax
of $1,000/a year and any other person
engaged in the business facing
an annual tax of $500/a year;
Civil penalties will be imposed
for failure to comply with taxing duties.

Criminal penalties will be assessed
for intentional efforts to defraud
the taxing authorities; and,
The bill also requires the IRS
to produce a study of the industry
after two years,
and every five years after that,
and to issue recommendations
to Congress to continue improving
the administration of the tax.

The congressmen have
also co-authored a new report
“The Path Forward:
Rethinking Federal Marijuana Policy.”

The document reviews the history
of marijuana prohibition in the U.S.,
current conflicts between state
and federal law,
and outlines several opportunities
to reform and clarify
marijuana law at the federal level.


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hope it goes all the way!

ITS UPHILL BATTLE THOUGH...billions of dollars are riding on enforcement
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hope it goes all the way!

ITS UPHILL BATTLE THOUGH...billions of dollars are riding on enforcement
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You're probably right. However, the tax levied might make up for it.
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With more and more interested investors and the governments need to fund more drones and propaganda and the like, this might not have such the uphill battle. Just look at what the stock for MedBox inc. has been doing lately. [link to www.examiner.com]
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Holy shit, they can actually propose good bills???
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hope it goes all the way!

ITS UPHILL BATTLE THOUGH...billions of dollars are riding on enforcement
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Banks launder billions for the cartel, attorneys make millions, let's not forget the drug lords lobbying in DC.

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Holy shit, they can actually propose good bills???
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It's not going to go anywhere.

Not unless Monsanto can claim the patent rights on pot, anyway.
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I really hope this passes, drug laws really should be up to the state. Federal laws are actually supposed to be very limited. Now we have federal laws covering everything. This would be a nice change of pace.
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I can regulate myself just fine thank you. stoner


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With more and more interested investors and the governments need to fund more drones and propaganda and the like, this might not have such the uphill battle. Just look at what the stock for MedBox inc. has been doing lately. [link to www.examiner.com]
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If this happens, I am growing it!
Who is John Galt?
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the tide is turning.....
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I can regulate myself just fine thank you. stoner


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+1.

Never been anybody's damned business but my own. stoner
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+1.

Never been anybody's damned business but my own. stoner
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Glad to hear that mentality is adopted non-locally as well. hi


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