I was just reading a bill proposed to the House of Representatives by Congressman Barney Frank. The Bill H.R 2306 is titled “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011” and can be read at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr2306. The bill if passed would remove marijuana and its derivatives from the Controlled Substance Act, legalizing the sale, distribution and manufacture of marijuana from a federal standpoint as long as state and local laws are not violated. If state or local laws are violated a federal penalty of not more than a year in prison and or a fine under Title 18 of the United States Code may apply. The Bill, H.R.2306 would do nothing to change the requirements for federally mandated drug testing in the workplace and would serve to reinforce state and local prohibitions against marijuana, but would at least allow people to vote with their feet if they lived in a community that was very anti-marijuana. While the bill is not all we could hope for, the passage of this bill would be a large step in the right direction. The bill is still in committee and is given only a 3% chance of being passed but this is an excellent chance to call or write to your Congressmen and Senators and even the President and let them know you want the war against marijuana and the people who use it to end now. Also keep in mind we only have one Presidential candidate that would like to see marijuana legalized and that man is Gary Johnson. I believe Gary Johnson is a man who would take a stand for freedom and responsible government. Check out his website and compare his platform to that of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
The bill has 20 cosponsors, mostly Democrats with two Republican cosponsors, Congresswoman Dana Rohrabacher of California and Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. Other sponsors include Congressmen and Congresswomen, Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, Rep.Barbara Lee of California, Rep. Jerod Polis of Colorado, Rep. Elanor Norton of Washington DC, Rep. James McDermott of Washington, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, Rep. Fortney Stark of California, Rep. Michael Honda of California, Rep. Raul Gijalva of Arizona, Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Rep. Michael Capuano of Massachusetts, Rep. Sam Farr of Califonia, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Rep. James Moran of Virginia, Rep Jamis Schakowsky of Illinois and Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine.
If any of these people are your Representatives this would be a good time to call or write and thank them for supporting your freedom. If they are not it might be a good time to look up your Representative and tell them of your displeasure. Their contact information can be found at http://house.gov/.
We can win this war if we stand united.