• Petitioned Rep. Fred Upton

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Michigan-06
Rep. Fred Upton
Texas-21
Rep. Lamar Smith

Let the End Marijuana Prohibition Act Get a Hearing

    1. Petition by

      NORML Foundation

For the first time in 73 years, lawmakers have introduced legislation in congress (HR 2306) to end the federal criminalization of the personal use of marijuana. This legislation, The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011, is a real opportunity to change our marijuana policy on a national level.

In order to move this bill forward it has to be scheduled for a hearing before either the House Judiciary Committee or the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has publicly stated that he would not even consider giving the bill a hearing. The Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), does not have a definitive stance on HR 2306. It is time to discuss the facts and have an open, honest conversation about the devastating consequences of marijuana prohibition.

Over the past 70+ years, the federal criminalization of marijuana has:

1) Failed to reduce the public’s demand for or access to cannabis.

2) Imposed enormous fiscal and human costs upon the American people.

3) Promoted disrespect for the law.

4) Reinforced ethnic and generational divides between the public and law enforcement.

This debate is long overdue. Contact Representatives Smith and Upton today and ask them to schedule a hearing for HR 2306.

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    1. Reached 20,000 signatures
    2. Let the states decide their own marijuana policies

      Lawmakers for the first time have introduced legislation in Congress to end the federal criminalization of the personal use of marijuana.
      The bipartisan measure -- H.R. 2306, the 'Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011' and sponsored by...

    3. Update: Representative Charlie Rangel will cosponsor HR 2306

      We need to get as many co-sponsors as possible. This is great news and big step in the right direction.

    4. Reached 17,500 signatures
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    • REGINALD Smith PITTSBURGH, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Marijuana needs to be immediately decriminalized.

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    • Richard Groh DARRINGTON, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      I have always tried to stay away from absolutes except one, “never say never”. So I can’t say that I’ll never think marijuana is a bad thing, but I have yet to read an article supporting its opposition that could overturn my way of thinking. People say legalization will increase problems, I say look at prohibition of alcohol and all the wonderful things that came of that, they rebuttal with the fact that marijuana can cause mental disorders and lung disease, and all I have to do is bring up alcohol and tobacco.

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    • richard Groh DARRINGTON, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      I have always tried to stay away from absolutes except one, “never say never”. So I can’t say that I’ll never think marijuana is a bad thing, but I have yet to read an article supporting its opposition that could overturn my way of thinking. People say legalization will increase problems, I say look at prohibition of alcohol and all the wonderful things that came of that, they rebuttal with the fact that marijuana can cause mental disorders and lung disease, and all I have to do is bring up alcohol and tobacco.

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    • Calliope Skoumbourdi RHODES ISLAND, GREECE
      • over 2 years ago

      We have everything back to front really. Well think about it, it we had everything the right way round would our planet be in such a mess with brutal consequences? Is it true that Marijuana is far less harmful than cigarettes? If so why are we allowed cigs? Once again its about money and power and lining the 1% (to use a current term) pockets. Hmmm I have been told by certain mentors that there are solutions to for almost everything so the question remains, why are we not implementing them?

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    • Gage Smith DEMOPOLIS, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      so that people can stop trying all these alternatives such as "spice" and other potentially fatal substances. Its grown naturally and not synthetically made in a lab.

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