Barney Frank and Ron Paul Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Representatives Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) introduced a bill Thursday that would end federal prohibition of marijuana production, distribution and possession.

The unlikely pair teamed up to support the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, which would leave it up to states to make their own laws regarding the drug and, if enacted, would redefine the federal government's War on Drugs, which turned 40 last week.

"The legislation ... focuses federal law enforcement on violent criminals and organized crime instead of marijuana offenders, and saves taxpayer money," said Bill Piper, Director of National Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance.

Washington would only be charged with ensuring that marijuana doesn't illegally enter the country or cross state lines where it has been made or kept illegal.

Proponents of the bill say it's the first of its kind to be considered at the federal level, and liken it to the 18th Amendment, which repealed alcohol prohibition and gave states regulatory authority. They also point to increased tax revenue from the legal sale of marijuana, as well as the high cost of imprisoning people for possession.

Barney Frank is optimistic the bill is a step in the right direction. It's also a gutsy move for a Republican presidential candidate to make, but Ron Paul has long supported legalization, which is also popular among his enthusiastic base.

New York has already decriminalized marijuana possession up to 25 grams.


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Comments [56]

Jeff PA

Thank you for having common sense. The people have a right to have a choice on this matter.. LEGALIZE IT!! IT IS A PLANT!!

Jun. 23 2013 12:04 PM
kenny from newyork

LEGALIZE IT! it will help the economy and maybe bring us out of the recession... its used for so many things ... the annual deaths from marijuana is 0! i wanna see marlboro greens

Jan. 29 2012 01:13 PM
Lt Dann07 from TN

People would still buy it because not everyone is going to grow it. Most people do not grow tobacco plants in their yard or house but def buy it in stores all the time, there is more to growing marijuana and a lot of people im sure do not have the time for it when you can just buy it at a store.

Jan. 22 2012 02:09 PM

One of the reasons I think why marijuana isn't legal is because they can't tax it, or as well as everybody would seem. Marijuana is a plant blessed by God, and it can be grown almost anywhere, yes almost anywhere. So if they legalize it and start to sell it in store, who would buy it if you can grow it in your backyard?

Jan. 18 2012 12:36 PM
Lt Dann07 from TN

Its very obvious to me that the people that are against the legalization of pot have no clue what it could do for this country or our people that need it for medical reasons. It does not cause lung cancer, it does not make you want to do other drugs, it does not kill you, some scientists in a 2005 study said that it can cause your brain to be more stimulant to learning things. What it could do for our country would be awesome. It could easily create a lot of new jobs, not just for recreational use but for clothes and paper, our own source of bio fuel, medicine.. The real question is why has it been illegal for this long.

Is it a gateway drug?
There is an obvious answer for this that everyone should be able to see. Drug dealers deal to make money, and they like making money wouldnt you? If you sold a nickle bag for a quick 20 bucks and found out you could sell a gram of coke for more than twice that if not even more then why wouldnt you? So if your supplier presents you with some coke one day and tells you just how great it is it might possibly get you to thinking about it. May take a few days, weeks, or even months but most ppl usually give in and try it the more it is presented to them whether its cocaine or pills or whatever.

If it was legal and sold in stores, you wouldnt have a drug dealer presenting you with other drugs. You would just go in the store and buy it like you would cigarettes and walk right back out to your car. Make where you have to be 21 to legally buy it so it makes it harder on kids in school to obtain it. I know I never really drank alcohol in high school because nobody never really had any, it was rare.

Marijuana all the way around should be legal, less crime, more taxes from it to help the economy, people with medical conditions that need it could have it, we could have our own fuel to run on, our own source for paper and clothes, and thousands of people would get there jobs back and be able to support there family. We as a country cannot let the few people in the white house stop us from this, we need anything we can to get up out of this debt and be able to support ourselves as best as we can and be the nation that we use to be at one time. Marijuana is not an answer for all of that but I know its a step to help our country out, and who would not want that? I mean it has freakin 5000 different medical uses to it, it doesnt cause you to want to get all pissed at someone, and there is no deaths leading back only to pot, If we can sell tobacco that WE KNOW kills people, causing cancer, and if we can sell alcohol that kills around 80000 people a year in this nation, not counting all the domestic violence that is associated with it then why cant we legalize marijuana?

Dec. 18 2011 07:06 PM

To Kid:

"But the school system in my area has more kids dropping out to become dealers than they have graduating to go to college."

When drugs are legalized and users can purchase them in stores, all those drug dealers will be put out of business.

Perhaps without the dream of a quick buck slinging rocks/blows/weed kids will actually try and get an education and a job.

Dec. 14 2011 03:06 PM
sativa from Breckenridge CO

Everybody who wants to use cannabis is already doing so. Prohibition only ruins lives of innocent people. Nobody has the right to tell me what to do with my body or my life. And they don't have the right to tell you either.Thank you Ron Paul.....finally.

Dec. 10 2011 06:12 PM
sean from New York

Marijuana should become legal like what is the problem with it all it does is bring people happiness and joy why should the government take that away from the people marijuana was once legal its far from the harder "drugs" and marijuana should not even be labeled as a drug its a plant alcohol is worse look at all the people killed because of it and cigarettes

Nov. 28 2011 09:54 PM
Kyle from PA

Marijuana is something that should be legal, yes it does need a required age level. This is exactly why people mock us Americans, we cannot even handle "Cloud 9" or spice in some areas, Amsterdam legalized it for everyone because they can handle it. America needs to show some sophistication and control and finally legalize marijuana, I mean at least at a Federal level. Ron Paul has the right idea and my support in the upcoming election.

Nov. 23 2011 04:53 PM
slogan from MS

PETE! Really? Cheech and chong throwback? Are you a typical young person in America who has spent far too much time in front of the TV, video games and computer that you think that is real life?
Every 15 minutes, someone in this country is killed by a drunk driver; every 2 minutes someone is injured in an alcohol related crash; thousands of people each year die of alcohol related diseases (at the expense of the American tax payer); there are federal compensation funds for people with lung cancer, again at our expense.
On the way to a marijuana bust, I often wonder how many Meth labs the cops pass? How many children are injured or killed inside these labs?
Casey.Anthony gets away with murder while a young mother is sentenced to 10 years for selling less than 40 bucks worth of pot.
Despite well funded statistical studies on marijuana use (HELLO ALSO AT THE TAX PAYERS EXPENSE) I doubt for one moment use has decreased. The dealers and users have just gotten better at it.
I challenge me a case of traffic fatality related to marijuana use; show me someone who got high and it made them kill their children.
gambling, alcohol, prescription drugs given out like candy by doctors and sold on the street for an inflated profit, identity theft, unemployment, gas prices; America s full of REAL problems that need our time and attention. These are real problems that take food out of kids mouths and hope from the eyes of the working poor. Lets do something about the real problems. Stop attacking marijuana! The failed 40 year old war on drugs is expensive as are the grant funded studies. Put that money to better use pulling America out of its current crisis. I bet if they legalize marijuana and tax it, the benefits will be appreciated.

Nov. 23 2011 12:30 PM
don west from abyss

KID, shut the f**k up and let your puny nuts drop before acting like you're experienced enough to enter into an adult conversation and acting like you know it all. You talk about us being selfish, when it's gullible inexperienced punks like you that are so selfish, you think your juvenile opinions actually supersede the opinions of adults that have actually been through 10 times more s**t than a snot nosed little b**ch like you has been through. Get your head outta your loose ass, you pompous little f*ggot, and actually respect the fact that everyone else here is grown up and we know life better than a little snot nosed punk like you. But, I forgot, your selfish hypocritical ass thinks you know everything and that you're much smarter than everyone else here... lemme guess, you don't have a dad? Either that, or your dad doesn't whoop your smart ass enough. Now STFU KID about s**t you don't understand... grown folks are talking, b*tch.

Nov. 19 2011 02:06 AM

Where to start? Deep breath in my cancer free, full-time athlete lungs...
People like "pete from long island" need to get their facts straight, stop being closed minded, and LISTEN. It's hard to listen when all you want to do is here yourself express your diluted, factless opinion. We all know that there have Never been ANY associated fatalities caused by marijuana. Cigarettes alone are responsible for 5,000,000 deaths annually worldwide and 443,000 annually in the United states alone. Marijuana - 0. Even second hand smoke kills 49,000 people annually - and that's just from being around it!
Your clouded, preconceived perception of cheech and chong stoners are so cliche of an uninformed individual such as yourself. That was a f'n movie, dude. It was an imagined creation that you think is real, just like your opinion on this topic. Alcohol, tobacco, prescription pharmaceutical drugs - those are the killers. Coffee is more addictive than pot. Get your stuff right people.

Ever think that some people in this world were just LAZY and unmotivated before or never being introduced to pot? Now, I'm not even a habitual user - but why do you care so much? If the lochness monster wasn't a myth and actually here with us everyday it would lose its allure. But we take for granted the stuff we already know as facts living among us like crocodiles and killer whales and such. Amazing creatures that date back beyond human existence. We lose sight of things like this when its taken out of context.
Open your minds, consider the facts and step outside your ego's and preconceived opinions for a moment, and maybe you'll learn something. You should go relax, puff some weed and explore your ideology. Maybe you'll come out a happier, more in tune person. I guarantee you won't be on a "mellowing out mission to rearend soccermoms minivans." You've just been educated.

Oct. 25 2011 10:11 AM
Pete from Long Island

You're all sick.. This is the reason that Ron Paul Can't have the White House. It's not bad enough we have to worry that someone on the road may be drunk - Now we have to concern ourself that some Cheech & Chong throwback may 'mellow out, man' as he misses the brake and plows into the rear bumper of our stopped minivans, injuring our children. Think people - we don't need legalized Marajuana.

Oct. 24 2011 04:29 AM
Eric from Long Island

Legalizing marijuana doesn't mean that every person will start smoking. And marijuana not as bad as u think it is KID I've read studies and I've also conducted a few studies. Marijuana while smoking it may drop your lung capacity but only 4% tops, and maybe add a couple pounds on what's the big deal. It also is not addictive either, think of all the adults out there that smoked when they were children in high school and college, do they still smoke now? Some do and some don't. That shows that you can stop whenever you want. Also think of how much money can be made from this. If this drug was legal would be taxed the government could make a billion dollars a year. Not to mention all the job opportunities and less crowded jails, you know the stuff that's MORE important. Come on now just legalize it

Oct. 20 2011 02:39 PM

legalization of marijuana is the key to the largest industry in the world. there are thousands of job titles ready to be created once maijuana is legalized. Marijuana is the largest indusrty in the world , its just illegal and a bad name was made for it out of fear and money. Marijuana is still illegal but the reasons and facts presented back in the late thirtys where and are mostly unfounded and proven to be untrue. Marijuana was made illegal so that the cotton and plastics industry could prosper. Marijuana could replace both industries and many more. The south would looses there dear cotton and most of its industry, plastics and pharmisuticals would all be made out of marijuana or hemp plants and the same people behind plastics are the same people in control of the patrolium companies. People dint want one industry to monopolize a market , but if the industry is true and the market is not truly monopolizable . The big problem for anti marijuana lobbiests is that the industry would be mostly controlled by the farmer and not the market. Government doesnt like that kind of loss of control. Plus rasism was also a part in marijuana being made illegal and now its its undoing. The illegals are now growing in us homes as far north as wisconsin and michigan. Keeping it illegal keeps thoes people in the us. One plant can make you $3000. Most opperations are 40-100 plants. How do you remove people who make money like that dayly. then they send there money back to mexico and have very little impact to our economy. legalizing would stop that problem all together.

Sep. 28 2011 03:35 PM
Nick from Rhode Island

I would like to believe that the legalization of marijuana is right around the corner, but the public in my opinion is not making enough of an effort. the reason for the "drug" to be classified as a type 1 narcotic above heroine and meth can't be more unclear. the reasons for legalization are endless, medicine, tax revenue, job opportunities, more room in prison for people who actually belong their, and so many more i could sit here all day listing them. the truth is in order to legalize the people have to unite and do what democrarcy was made for and let us, the people decide. the efforts to legalize are being undermined by the people who stand to lose money. major pharmacuetical companies will do anything in their power to keep it illegal since this horrible drug works better as a natural medicine than most perscription medication depending on the condition. as far as "kid's" argument, it couldn't be more false. coming from a rough city neighborhood in my experience marijuana is not looked as a horrible drug yet more accepted as a regular thing. we're more concerned with heavier narcotics being sold on our street corners and the violence that comes with these drugs. i've witnessed countless family's fall apart, people ruin their lives, and even die just so they can get their next fix of heroine, meth, crack, etc. have you seen marijuana do that? have you seen people turn on thier familys and even themselves so they could smoke a little pot? didn't think so. and look at the other countries that have legalized marijuana, the so called "class 1 narcotic weed" is not an issue, yet looked at more like a beer or ciggerete without the harmful effects that come along with them. i say lets make a stand and end the prohibition of marijuana once and for all. lets vote to make a difference and stand behind the legalization bill. in the next voting period vote yes for the legalization of marijuana in an effort to help our communities, neighbors, families, and sick have a better outlook for our futures and childrens future.

Sep. 16 2011 12:48 AM
Bobby from NE,2933,196678,00.html

Doesnt cause lung cancer..

Just legalize it.. Just like alcohol marijuana will always have those few people who become addicted but instead of their brain cells dieing off they'll just be chilled out people. Just cause 5% of the population has addictive personality's that can cause them to get addicted and possibly lead them into harder drugs does not mean we should ruin it for the other 95% of the population. Lets get truthful about it thousands of lives will be saved and gang violence will go down since those gangs wont be able to sell it. KID i read what you said you sound more like an adult lying and telling a story trying to get pity. you know those kids that drop out to become dealers? They wont be able to do that anymore since marijuana would become more available which would mean those kids are more likely to actually try to get real jobs and stay in school. Yes, drug cartels do get more of their money from cocaine but it would still make a difference. Marijuana is not a "bad" drug its good it helps people who cant eat and helps people with horrible painful diseases get away from the constant pain. It can save lives and keep kids in school. so instead of just saying legalize it and throwing fits.How about we actually do something about it? How about we unite and do something big and good to finally get it legalized.

Sep. 15 2011 12:50 AM

As someone said I am just a kid. But let me tell you this a parent or brother who is in jail because of that crap might as well be dead. Where I come from you either find hope and get the hell out. Or you fall into the cracks and you get high. As far as you see it no one is getting hurt. But the school system in my area has more kids dropping out to become dealers than they have graduating to go to college. Marijuana is addictive and it does cause harm. It makes people feel like it will solve there problems. As for being raised to think it was wrong, you couldn't be wronger. People all around me get high, and it has made them failures. "Drugs aren't bad, they are just an escape". That is a bunch of bull. People: understand that we are fighting this because we don't want to see other kids fall into the influence. In my eyes marijuana is just as bad as alcohol. And as for cartels stopping and we no longer being involved in the war against drugs, that is a dreamers dream. Drug cartels if anything run, on cocaine, so please don't say we won't still be involved. In the end we will lose money, but it is for a purpose. I see people who don't see what I see and it is shameful. Believe you me, a drug is a drug, is a drug.

Sep. 14 2011 01:50 AM
CD from Florida

The legitimacy of the information pertaining to the effects of marijuana on a person is moot. Although there is science proving it is not harmful like tobacco, prescription meds and tobacco. There are no documented fatalities that were caused by marijuana use.
The fact is: An adult over 18 or 21 if you prefer is legally allowed to use alcohol and tobacco. Those same adults can be prescribed synthetic heroin and opium in the form of addictive pain meds. Those adults are allowed to grow vegetables and herbs such as basil. They should be allowed to grow their own Cannabis, which incidentally is an aromatic plant.
Another, perhaps more significant point is this; Marijuana prohibition has created billionaire drug lords in other countries. Doubt me? Here is a quote from one of Forbes Magazines wealthiest people: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera reported head of the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico, ranked 701st on Forbes' yearly report of the wealthiest men alive, and worth an estimated $1 billion, today officially thanked United States politicians for making sure that drugs remain illegal. According to one of his closest confidants, he said, "I couldn't have gotten so stinking rich without George Bush, George Bush Jr., Ronald Reagan, even El Presidente Obama, none of them have the cajones to stand up to all the big money that wants to keep this stuff illegal. From the bottom of my heart, I want to say, Gracias amigos, I owe my whole empire to you."


Sep. 13 2011 05:35 PM
LegoTokez from Cloud 9

marijuana grows from the ground, tobacco grows from the ground. cigarettes, do not grow from the ground. joints. can be made with rice paper and organic marijuana. cigarettes are made of bleached paper with chemicals that are proven to cause cancer. many people vomit when they smoke cigarettes because of nicotine poisoning their system. people that smoke marijuana cough for a second. you smoke cigarettes. your lungs turn black. you smoke pot. your lungs get a little weaker but dont get cancer. smoke pot and you get mellowed out (less rage), smoke cigarettes you get stressed out (more rage).
ITS YOUR CHOICE make the right one.

Sep. 12 2011 11:02 PM
Marijuana Man77 from Texas

People who dont know the facts about marijuana ofcourse are going to contest the fact that marijuana should not be legal because they lack the understanding and knowledge of the actual issue. I see the previous comment left by KID and here is my opinion as to what you said. Look around you child and see that your counrty is giving you prescription medication that makes people addicted to it. Your country gives you ciggarettes and alchohol that kills millions of people a year. Ciggerettes my freind unlike marijuana is addictive! wouldn't it make more sense to make something that is non addictive legal and something that is illegal. You are just a child as you say and do not have the expireince in an issue you probably know nothing about besides what your parents have told you. Or what our government has brainwashed you to believe i guarantee that if you actually had a first hand expirience on the issue you would have a completely different perspective. Don't just make assumptions till you know all the facts. If you have any questions i would be more than happy to answer them myself. Marijuana is not a drug its a plant and can be used as a universal medication to cure an X amount of diseases and or stop certain other ones. Did you know that Marijuana has accounted for ZERO deaths now compare that to some of the things our country has put out there for us to consume. Marijuana isn't bad its just you have been brought up to believe it is and because people know nothing about it such as this KID character they continue to think that. But once you know the truth about something the lie gets very hard to sustain. I am open to any questions or comments that anyone may have about marijuana and will answer or comment back. I will give you the facts and not the lies that the majority of people have been fed. I am and will always be PRO Marijuana!

Sep. 07 2011 02:28 PM
Raymond W. Jr.

I want to stand and walk.... please watch then support this bill...

Sep. 05 2011 02:28 PM

Marijuana should be and should stay illegal. All you people think you can talk about things that you have no common sense about. Marijuana is a drug that influences people to do stupid things. If we stop the war on drugs, do you actually think people will stop dieing. There is a reason why these laws came into place. Drugs destroy peoples lives. They affect children. I have no children, but am a child who understands much more than the rest of you. When you live with a drug addict, then feel free to comment all this crap. You people are selfish, you don't think about others. Would it be nice to see kids high?

Aug. 31 2011 04:24 PM
John from Tx

Nothing will change however until we can get enough people on board to vote for good candidates such as this. The war on drugs is just another joke in this country, costing us tax payers billions of dollars since it took affect back in 1971 by Richard Nixon- another presidential joke. People need to look at real issues during this next election and take into effect what their real stance on foreign policy is, we need to keep our diplomacy neutral and get back to worrying about this country, before trying to save the world. You do not see the "new world power" aka china wasting its tax revenue on trying to save the world. Thus the reasoning why they now have the 2nd largest economy and soon to be the largest overall.

Aug. 17 2011 02:29 PM
Terri from Planet Earth

It is so refreshing to hear a politician with common sense. I love Barney Frank and I give kudos to Mr.Paul and Mr. Frank for their courage and commonsense.

Aug. 16 2011 05:06 PM
max wendroff from sc

I love the stuff and hope they do legalize it. But, if they do legalize it, the results will be devastating. No more drug wars, nor more people getting killed at the borders, taxes on the legal sale of marijuana. It's hard to believe that all this may end.

Aug. 16 2011 05:20 AM
Brad from TX

The law of prohibting marijuana needs to end. It has caused a lot of inocennt poeple harm with facing prison, where they encounter poeple who can influence poeple to demoralize where poeple have radical belief about the goverment.

Just imagine, someone moves, or thier drug dealer stops selling, then they go to one of thier other few options and find poeple that are dealing with cocaine, methametaphines and much worse drugs that are extremly expensive, disregaurding whether its as addicting as alcohol or not.

Stop the influence of harder drugs pushers push on poeple. The war has caused nothing but harm to poeple. Marijuana is currently more then a gateway drug then it should be because of where it comes from.

I'm sure a lot of drinkers are less likely to hang out with potheads because of the law.

Give them thier own world and stop the discrimination.

As for the other drugs they are just down right retarded and cause psychosis.

Aug. 05 2011 03:21 PM
James Williams Jr. from USA

This war is brutal to the culture of the United States. The United States should support freedom. The government shouldnt control all the money and break the backs of the citzens in a war that is about class and status and not about marijuana. The United States is the best country in the world.

Jul. 21 2011 04:16 AM

Guys, you should edit this. It was the 21st Amendment that repealed alcohol prohibition, not the 18th. The 18th started alcohol prohibition. Come on.

Jul. 20 2011 07:50 PM
clouds unknown from unknown everywhere

I agree do this now It's food from the gods
That is a rational statement as there is christ also who is like god now* 10 he was against the statues quo so am I

Jul. 17 2011 02:03 PM
Alcohol is worse

There are so many more pros than cons when it comes to Marijuana. Unlike Alcohol.

Jul. 08 2011 08:32 PM
Jimminy Cricket from Kansas

LEGALIZE IT. WE ARE ABOUT FED UP WITH THIS BULLSH** WAR ON DRUGS. -thats the community as a whole here. as of this moment im declaring war on the war on drugs. scince anytime we dont like something we simply declare war on it. nerf! sounds real smart doesnt it? cut the crap an cut to the chase. we want it. make it happen. its OUR COUNTRY its OUR DESICION WE WANT IT MAKE IT HAPPEN p.s. aslo i cant spell srry.

Jul. 08 2011 03:40 PM
Ana from pennsylvania

I hope this bill is passed. Every state has millions of dollers in cost for putting people in jail for
possession. Real criminals are killers, rapist, thieves, not innocent people who jus enjoy marijuana. Its safer then ciggs, and alcohol. And the taxes. I'm surprised they haven't seen all this yet. I keep my faith. Thanks for proposing this bill guys

Jul. 07 2011 11:40 AM

2306 which would allow states to decide for themselves is being
blocked by Rep Lamar Smith (R) of Texas. This is a man who in the
current cycle has taken money for his campaign from:
$20,000 : National Beer Wholesalers Assn.
$15,000 : Schering-Plough Corp (merged with MERCK)
$11,000 : Altria Group (formerly Philip Morris)
$10,500 : Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
$8,000 : Eli Lilly & Co (prozac + cancer drugs)
$8,000 : Amgen Inc ( drugs for dealing/w chemo )
$7,000 : National Community Pharmacists Assn
$5,000 : GlaxoSmithKline
$5,000 : Constellation Brands (Beer&Wine (B&W))
$4,800 : Republic National Distributing (B&W).
(according to

This is the same man who says he will not even consider allowing it
to pass and is the head of the committee. Surely you can see the
conflict of interests when marijuana is proven to lower consumption use
of tobacco and alcohol- while offering a plethora of medical benefits.

According the US Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence
Center- issued a report entitled “The Economic Impact of Illicit Drug
Use on American Society” Which said in 2007 we lost $193,000,000,000.00
fighting a war on drugs on a state and federal level. That is JUST ONE
YEAR. No wonder the DEA who so strongly opposes marijuana continues to
try to play the American public as fools. Marijuana accounts for 49%
of all arrests and according to the report near 150 billion goes to
police/courts/prisons fighting drugs.

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Jun. 30 2011 04:23 AM

I say let's let the American people decide on whether or not marijuana should be legalized.

Jun. 29 2011 12:26 PM
Aaron Tibbs from Everywhere
Legalize Event on Facebook.
Show how many people really do think weed is better.

Jun. 28 2011 03:22 PM
Nick Knack from within 50 miles of NYC

I support legalizing the plant...(which sounds absurd that a plant is illegal)...And someone needs to water than plant in the picture...

Jun. 27 2011 08:24 PM

I personally do not enjoy the effects of marijuana. I know people who have gotten addicted to it. Having said that I understand that it is medicinal and in some ways healthy. The effects are less noisesome than those of alcohol by causing pacification and relaxation rather than aggressiveness and hostility. It seems healthy in moderation for those who benefit from it and I hope legalization passes.

Jun. 27 2011 11:59 AM
Harry Ballz

I just like the idea that the federal government is going to give some power back to the states. Its about time...

Jun. 25 2011 12:41 PM
The Grand Architect from Michigan

I must say it is refreshing to see support for this issue. Let's not forget that marijuana is one of the most useful plants in existence. The plant has incredible medicinal properties, (google cannabis and its effects on cancer cells) as well as other practical uses that far outweigh any liablilities that legalizing it would cause. It's also the most practical and effective way to fight drug cartels in places like mexico. If you take away the demand for the product by creating a new domestic supply, you would literally cut off the economic life line of income that the mexican drug cartels enjoy from the US black market. Plus that money would now be diverted into the hands of US tax payers which would stimulate the economy. It's a win win situation. That's why the support out of the gate has been bi partisan even at the highest levels with Barny Frank and Ron Paul. States are in crisis. States are under so much debt, that the decisions that are being made have become very unpopular. The people don't like what is happening. States have to generate revenue to relieve pressure. Why leave all that money untaxed on the black market? The states have got to get in the game and get that revenue. They aren't going to get it from the Federal Government. Legalize it and tax it. Period.

Jun. 24 2011 08:59 PM
Mike from Ohio

I would love to see this happen but I am smarter than most people and know that it will not, atleast not know. What I do like about it is it will open up more people to the idea and raise the public pressure on the government to take such actions in the future. I would like to add that I do not use marijuana, but have witnessed its medical properties myself and believe it could help many people.

Jun. 24 2011 08:57 PM
David Behrman from Houston

This bill is long overdue. But, I hope it's also a first step toward federal legalization of all drugs, combined with federal management, licensing and distribution of all such substances as a means of removing this activity from criminal hands. It's time that we abandon our moralistic approaches to drug use for a pragmatic approach that allows drug use with opportunities to control and treat addiction.

Jun. 24 2011 05:53 PM
logan from kansas

why cant they just legalize it already? by 2020 more than half of the united states will support marijuana legalization, the only thing holding it back is the old fashioned people who fell victim to the lies the government spit out its ass in the 70s and 80s .

Jun. 24 2011 03:35 PM

i thank u guys could use the money for better reasons...... like the old vet that are homes!!! they fought for this country and they're homless!!!!! wtf!!!!

Jun. 24 2011 02:47 PM
ladynez420 from OH

Thank God, it's about time. Let the government regulate it, but at last, legalize it. Marijuana is medicinal and beneficial, and it doesn't have to be smoked to get those benefits. It is a multi-useful plant and should be considered a boon and a blessing, not a monster to be feared and demonized. I pray that the end of good, hard working, responsible, loving people who enjoy THC being seen as criminals, addicts, and bad people is finally in sight. My mother didn't live to see it legalized medicinally in MI, but I pray my son lives to enjoy it responsibly and legally in OH and the rest of the US. Thank you, Representatives Barney Frank and Ron Paul, and God Bless.

Jun. 24 2011 01:42 PM
Court from Arkansas

2.4 trillion that is what has been spent on the war on drugs you can fight a lot of wars with that or pay for schools or housing or medical help for the poor yes we could have done a lot with that waisted money

Jun. 24 2011 01:38 PM
Eric from North Carolina

I really think this is something to go for, i mean... how many people could this help? Economicly and in the medical field.

Jun. 24 2011 12:46 PM

I think this bill is a great idea. It's about time that something like this was introduced!

There's a site where you can easily write your representatives. I just did it -- it literally takes about ten seconds! Check it out:

Jun. 24 2011 12:09 PM
Fox from Michigan

How selective American Memory is....

Jun. 24 2011 11:39 AM
Aaron from queens

Its not often I agree with either of those two nuts, but they're on the money with this one!

Jun. 24 2011 11:18 AM
Robert from NYC

Yes This Is A Very Good News. I Support This And Agree. Legalize It Now.

Jun. 24 2011 08:13 AM
malcolm kyle from new york

Some simple facts:

* A rather large majority of people will always feel the need to use drugs, such as heroin, opium, nicotine, amphetamines, alcohol, sugar, or caffeine.

* Due to Prohibition, the availability of mind-altering drugs has become so universal and unfettered, that in any city of the civilized world, any one of us would be able to procure practically any drug we wish within an hour.

* The massive majority of people who use drugs do so recreationally - getting high at the weekend then up for work on a Monday morning.

* A small minority of people will always experience drug use as problematic.

* Throughout history, the prohibition of any mind-altering substance has always exploded usage rates, overcrowded jails, fueled organized crime, created rampant corruption of law-enforcement, even whole governments, and induced an incalculable amount of suffering and death.

* It's not even possible to keep drugs out of prisons, but prohibitionists wish to waste hundreds of billions of our money in an utterly futile attempt to keep them off our streets.

* Prohibition kills more people and ruins more lives than the prohibited drugs have ever done.

* The United States jails a larger percentage of it's own citizens than any other country in the world, including those run by the worst totalitarian regimes.

* The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it.
- H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) American editor, essayist and philologist.

* In 'the land formally known as free', all citizens have been stripped of their 4th amendment rights and are now totally subordinate to a corporatized, despotic government with a heavily armed and corrupt, militarized police force whose often deadly intrusions into their homes and lives are condoned by an equally corrupt and spineless judiciary.
* As with torture, prohibition is a grievous crime against humanity. If you support it, or even simply tolerate it by looking the other way while others commit it, you are an accessory to a very serious moral transgression against humanity.

* America re-legalized certain drug use in 1933. The drug was alcohol, and the 21st amendment re-legalized its production, distribution and sale. Both alcohol consumption and violent crime dropped immediately as a result, and, very soon after, the American economy climbed out of that same prohibition engendered abyss into which it had previously been pushed.

Jun. 24 2011 02:31 AM
Richard from Shreveport, LA

I think that Smith's fears are correct to have an a immediate knee jerk reaction to any person, especially a public official. The truth of the matter is that this bill H.R. 2307 should be passed because it would eradicate a large portion of Mexican drug cartels funds because the states who would allow the pocesstion of marijuana and sale would bring the money out of the alleys of the black markets that fund drug cartels, to the public market and would increase state funds, so really its a double positive as far as money is concerned. Then when you also think about the amount of tax payer money spent on arresting, booking, time served in prison or court of offenders who just have a small amount of marijuana on them, like 1 gram or less, adds up and keeps our deficit levels high. So this adds up to a triple positive as far as economic impact of this bill. Then when you think about people who are generally suffering from problems such as Cancer/Chem o and the huge amount of disabled veterans, like myself, who have come back with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can not get the medication that will best help their individual symptoms. I think that the lobbyist and public officials who get in the way of passing this bill is just turning their back on the future and needs to stop thinking the war on drugs should extend to people who are in the right but labelled in the wrong. You better believe I am going to call mary landrieu tomorrow and urge her to pass this bill, and am going to watch the way the rest of the house votes on this bill. Come on H.R. 2307 and if it doesn't pass then Come on Paul/Frank 2012

Jun. 24 2011 02:10 AM
Wil from Oregon

This is getting Ron Paul charged on this topic. Let's let him know how important this is to us. Tweet it Facebook it whatever! We respond, they listen! This is democracy in action!

Jun. 24 2011 12:52 AM

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