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Two Congressmen, one from a state that recently legalized marijuana, have submitted bills to roll back restrictions and levy a tax on the weed. This is on the federal level mind you.
Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize marijuana. So Representative Jared Polis, the Democrat from Colorado and Earl Blumenauer, the Democrat from Oregon submitted bills last week that would roll back restrictions and allow Uncle Sam to dip his hands into the THC cookie jar. Polis' bill would remove marijuana from the list of banned substances under the Controlled Substances Act. Blumenauer's bill would levy a federal tax.
So at first glance you might think this "fact or fiction" is fact right? Read on.
Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California, plans to introduce another marijuana bill in support of the drug. And get this. Ever since those two states legalized pot, bills have been introduced to roll back marijuana restrictions in Hawaii, Okalahoma and Rhode Island.
There are polls that show a broader acceptance of marijuana among the American population. A recent Gallup poll showed 64% don't want the Federal Government stepping in to prevent pot legalization in states that have approved it. However, it might be a long time before we see legalization on the federal level. Polis' bill only has 11 co-sponsors and has to makee its way through the Republican-controlled House Agriculture Committee.
So here's how it looks like it might play out. Though there might not be a federal law legalizing marijuana, there might be one that prevents the federal government from interferring with states that approve it on their level. So each individual state would have to approve their own laws.
What's significant is the push on the federal level to legalize because that doesn't happen often.
So here's the deal. Those in favor of legalizing marijuana are banking on the success of Polis and Blumenauer, but they're also banking on yet another bill to be filed soon and they might end up banking on their own state legalizing pot. So to say proponents have all their eggs in two Congressmen's basket isn't really true.