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Rep. Horsford Co-Sponsors Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana at Federal Level

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Nevada Representative Steven Horsford is co-sponsoring a bill that would remove the Drug Enforcement Agency’s authority over marijuana and permit states to choose whether to allow marijuana for medicinal or recreational use.

“States that have voted to legalize marijuana for medical and/or recreational use should not fear federal agents raiding their businesses and intimidating their citizens,” Horsford said. “This bill does not force any state to legalize marijuana. Instead, it recognizes that millions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted fighting a failed drug war on marijuana, and it’s time for Congress to act on this important issue.”

The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act (H.R. 499) directs the Attorney General to remove marijuana from all schedules of controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act, and instead puts it under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act. Under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act, the Secretary of the Treasury will regulate importing, shipping or selling in interstate or foreign commerce, purchasing for resale, producing, packaging, or warehousing marijuana. The bill also protects states’ rights by allowing them to regulate marijuana as they wish, at the local level.
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