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Act to Remove Federal Penalties for Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults

 
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Washington, DC: Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, along with co-sponsors Ron Paul (R-TX); Maurice Hinchey (D-NY); Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA); and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), will reintroduce legislation today to limit the federal government’s authority to arrest and prosecute minor marijuana offenders

The measure, entitled an “Act to Remove Federal Penalties for Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults,” would eliminate federal penalties for the personal possession of up to 100 grams (over three and one-half ounces) of cannabis and for the not-for-profit transfer of up to one ounce of pot – making the prosecutions of these offenses strictly a state matter.

Under federal law, defendants found guilty of possessing small amounts of cannabis for their own personal use face up to one year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.

Passage of this act would provide state lawmakers the choice to maintain their current penalties for minor marijuana offenses or eliminate them completely. Lawmakers would also have the option to explore legal alternatives to tax and regulate the adult use and distribution of cannabis free from federal interference.

To date, thirteen states have enacted laws ‘decriminalizing’ the possession of marijuana by adults. Minor marijuana offenders face a citation and small fine in lieu of a criminal arrest or time in jail.

“The federal government has much more important business to attend to than targeting, arresting and prosecuting adults who use marijuana responsibly,” NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said. “This is an issue that ought to be handled by the states, not the Feds.”

According to nationwide polls, three out of four voters believe that adults who possess marijuana should not face arrest or jail, and one out of two now say that cannabis should be regulated like alcohol.

The reintroduction of the Frank/Paul bill comes one week after the duo reintroduced HR 2835, The Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act of 2009 – which seeks to halt federal interference in states that have enacted medical marijuana laws – and just days after Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) called for federal legislation to sentence certain first-time marijuana offenders to 25 years in prison.

“The US Congress has a definite choice,” said St. Pierre. “They can choose the path of compassion, fiscal responsibility, and common sense by supporting Barney Frank’s and Ron Paul’s efforts, or they can continue down America’s failed drug war path by endorsing Rep. Kirk’s draconian legislation. It is abundantly clear which direction the voters wish to go; will their elected officials follow?”

Additional information about the ‘Act to Remove Federal Penalties for Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults’ is available at NORML’s Take Action Center.
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Wow, this is way to sensible to pass.
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Hell yeah! That would be so fucking awesome to be able to legally possess 3.5 oz.

Employers would not be able to drug test either!
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I found this a few months back... gotta love it!

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If every American that wanted to could grow their own weed in their backyard, the Mexican drug gangs would be out of business in a week.

That's the good part.

The bad part is, all the laid off DEA agents would be out robbing liquor stores and mugging old ladies to support themselves.
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Barney Frank is a Power Top.
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Define responsible. Perhaps by Adults without the qualifier - responsible?
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hmmm, sounds nice, but if it could still carry the same penalty at the states discretion, I would hafta think, yea sure jailtime, probation or the like may be reduced or not applied at all, but last I heard, there are'nt too many states out there that could'nt use that $1000 max fine. And, its still not legal.
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Barney Frank is a Power Top.
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Hell yeah! That would be so fucking awesome to be able to legally possess 3.5 oz.

Employers would not be able to drug test either!
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why not? They dont test you becuase its a crime, they test you because their insurance wont cover high workers. They will still test a lot of jobs.
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Some guy in California took the company drug test all the way to the state supreme court and lost. Seems that the courts sided with the company and said even though the person had a prescription for it it was still a banned substance by company policy. (or something to that effect)
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Some guy in California took the company drug test all the way to the state supreme court and lost. Seems that the courts sided with the company and said even though the person had a prescription for it it was still a banned substance by company policy. (or something to that effect)
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as I remember, all the liberals voted to uphold the fed law

the conservatives voted to uphold states rights to med pot
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Barney Frank is a Power Top.
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Employers would not be able to drug test either!
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They would, but they would have to ignore marijuana. They could still test for anything else

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