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Bills Introduced To Reform Federal Marijuana Laws

OPB | Feb. 5, 2013 4:25 p.m. | Portland

A number of states have decriminalized or legalized marijuana. Two bills introduced in Congress Tuesday would change federal marijuana laws.

Democratic Representative Jared Polis of Colorado says current legislation does not reflect the opinions of many Americans. He proposed a bill that would allow states to decide their own policies on marijuana.

Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer is also a part of the effort to overhaul federal policies on the drug.

“We’re working with a bipartisan group of people in Congress that are looking at antiquated, ineffective and in some cases nonsensical federal policies and laws.”

Blumenauer’s bill attempts to have marijuana generate revenue, rather than being a fiscal liability.  It would tax the drug like alcohol or tobacco. Blumenauer says his congressional working group could introduce as many as a dozen bills on the matter.


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