US House of Representatives: H.R. 5843 ("To eliminate most Federal penalties for possession of marijuana for personal use") is a bi-partisan measure introduced by Rep. Barney Frank [D-MA] and Rep. Ronald Paul [R-TX] on April 17, 2008. This resolution would remove Federal penalties for personal possession, or non-profit transfer, of up to 100 grams of marijuana. This measure is a good first step toward legalization, but would not solve all of the problems with marijuana prohibition (state and local penalties would still exist, and this resolution would not change the fact that it is illegal to grow or import marijuana, so there would still be no legal way to obtain marijuana). H.R. 5843 will be considered by the Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Energy and Commerce. If your representative is on either of those committees; please write to your House representative to show your support for this bill.
US House of Representatives: H.R. 5842 ("To provide for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States") was introduced in the House by Rep. Barney Frank [D-MA] on April 17, 2008 and is cosponsored by Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA], Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D-NY], Rep. Ronald Paul [R-TX], Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA]. This bi-partisan measure would move marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act to Schedule II, so that each state could decide whether to allow marijuana to be used as medicine. H.R. 5842 was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee. If your representative is on that committee; please write to your House representative to show your support for this bill.
US House of Representatives: House vote 733. On July 25, 2007 the House voted on an amendment to H.R. 3093 to prevent the Justice Department from spending money to raid cannabis clubs in states that allow medicinal use of marjuana. The amendment failed by a vote of 165-262. Still, the support for the amendment was higher than the year before and shows that a significant number of federal legislators are coming to their senses on the issue of medicinal marijuana. The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D-NY] who has been pushing for this measure for several years.
US House of Representatives: H.R. 4272 (Steve McWilliams Truth in Trials Act) proposed to amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow an affirmative defense for the medicinal use of marijuana. H.R. 4272 was introduced by Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA] during the 109th Congress and was referred to the Subcommittee on Health, but was never passed by the committee. There is no similar legislation currently under consideration.
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