House Bill Would Grant States Right To Regulate Marijuana, Opening Door To Medical, Recreational Use
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House Bill Would Grant States Right To Regulate Marijuana, Opening Door To Medical, Recreational Use

The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 introduced on House Floor

The federal ban on marijuana would end and states would earn the right to regulate the drug under a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 would allow states to decide how to regulate marijuana, opening the doors for medicinal and recreational use.

The bill is believed to be the first of its kind, and it could close a gap in state and federal laws that finds some medical-marijuana users in Colorado facing federal courts. “We live in this situation now in Colorado where marijuana is sort of legal and it’s sort of illegal,” said Sam Kamin, a law professor at the University of Denver.

Under the bill, introduced by Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Ron Paul, R-Texas, and co-sponsored by, among others, Boulder Democratic Rep. Jared Polis, states and counties would decide when and where to allow the possession and sale of marijuana, regulating it like they can control alcohol.

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