Rep. Frank to Introduce Legislation to Decriminalize Some Pot Violations

marijuana-leaf-21p0207.jpg “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.

21 thoughts on “Rep. Frank to Introduce Legislation to Decriminalize Some Pot Violations”

  1. Look at America now, guys. It is bankrupt) Why? Wasting too bigger part of its budget on stupid things like this WOD year in, year out. All that is happening there now with the economy and the rest are the messangers of the end of once great country. I hope most other countries will realize and the sooner the better that follwing in USA’s footsteps is suicidal.
    I smoke pot from 2-4 times a months just to relax, instead of drinking, does not bother me, neither I bother others with it. With tevery new prohibisionist law out, we just say, “who cares, we will do it anyway”. Stupid laws are for blind-stupid people.

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