This will go nowhere. But I’m glad it’s at least being proposed:
A group of US representatives plan to introduce legislation that will legalize marijuana and allow states to legislate its use, pro-marijuana groups said Wednesday.
The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, and allow people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal.
The bill, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday by Republican Representative Ron Paul and Democratic Representative Barney Frank, would be the first ever legislation designed to end the federal ban on marijuana.
My reading of this is that it would pull the leash on the DEA, making them enforce laws in states that want to keep pot illegal but leaves states alone that legalize it. I would prefer to also see language instructing the IRS to allow legal pot businesses to deduct expenses; one of the many insidious ways the Feds are attacking legal marijuana is taxing the shit out of distributors.
There is little chance this will pass. There are too many federal agents whose livelihoods depend on cracking down on pot and the issue is far too easy to demagogue. But I hope it will get to a floor vote. I want all the faux-federalists and pretend civil libertarians to show exactly what kind of political cowards they are. I want Barack Obama, in opposing it, to show what a hypocrite he is and what a huge lie he told in the 2008 campaign. I hope this gets introduced every year so that pressure and momentum will build.
This is the right thing to do. And it tells you how broken our Congress is that it takes fucking Barney Frank and Ron Paul to even suggest it.