On the heels of Colorado and Washington legalizing marijuana, members of Congress introduced new legislation that would finally end federal marijuana prohibition! The bill would let states decide their own marijuana policies without the threat of federal interference.
We need to pressure Congress to ensure that states can effectively legalize and regulate marijuana without being threatened by federal authorities. Make marijuana legalization a reality by writing your representative today. Ask him or her to cosponsor the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, get the legalization process started, and bring an end to the failed war on drugs.
A recent Gallup poll found that marijuana legalization is supported by a majority of independent voters, a majority of people in Western states, a majority of people in Eastern states, a majority of people in the Midwest, and almost a majority of Americans in Southern states. 18 states and the District of Columbia have already legalized marijuana for medical use. 15 states have decriminalized marijuana for personal use. And on Election Day, Colorado and Washington voted to legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol.
It is clear that federal law needs to be changed so that states can do what is best for their citizens without fear of federal intervention. H.R. 499 repeals federal marijuana prohibition in a way similar to the repeal of alcohol Prohibition. The federal government's role would be to prohibit the transport of marijuana into a state that prohibits it. This gets the federal balance on the marijuana issue exactly right -- assist states that want to keep marijuana illegal, don't interfere in states that want to try a different approach.
Marijuana legalization will begin to bring the currently underground and unregulated marijuana market under the rule of law, helping to curb the crime, violence and out-of-control youth access that flourish under the current prohibition. I urge you to respect the will of voters by cosponsoring this bill.