“Real Time With Bill Maher” is not usually the forum for legislative proposals, but Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) used it to announce legislation in Congress that would strip the federal government of its authority to arrest for some cannabis violations.
Frank said that “It’s time for the politicians to catch up with the public on this [issue].”
The legislation would eliminate all federal penalties prohibiting the personal use and possession of up to 100 grams (3 1/2 ounces) of marijuana. Under this measure, adults who consume cannabis would no longer face arrest, prison, or even the threat of a civil fine. The bill also eliminates all penalties prohibiting the not-for-profit transfers of up to one ounce of pot. This would bring the federal system in line with roughly a dozen 12 states and various municipalities that have passed marijuana decriminalization. New Hampshire’s House recently passed such a measure, click here.
The Frank bill seems unlikely to pass, however, with enough votes to overcome a likely presidential veto.
For the Frank story, click here.