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Saturday, October 21, 2017


The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act seeks to protect the will of voters in Colorado, Washington and the 17 other jurisdictions that have approved the consumption of marijuana for medical or recreational use by decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level and allowing each state to decide whether to permit marijuana consumption within its borders.

Specifically, this legislation:

• Removes marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act;

• Requires marijuana producers to purchase a permit, as commercial alcohol producers do;

• Ensures that federal law distinguishes between individuals who grow marijuana for personal use and individuals who are involved in commercial sale and distribution; and,

• Reassigns jurisdiction of marijuana regulation from the Drug Enforcement Administration to the newly-renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives.

Under this bill, states could choose to continue to prohibit marijuana consumption or production in their states, and the federal government would continue to work with states to prevent marijuana from being shipped into a state or territory in which it remained illegal. The federal permitting process would be used to protect consumers and offset the cost of establishing and maintaining a federal regulatory system. Any individual or business that produces marijuana in a way that is legal in its state is eligible for a permit.

Jared Polis Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana at the Federal Level

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