New Bill Makes Feds ‘Respect State Marijuana Laws’

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Six Congressional Republicans and six Democrat co-sponsors re-introduced a bill today that would end the federal war on pot in states that had legalized it, Marijuana Policy Project reports.

The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act would amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to immunize from federal prosecution citizens acting in compliance with a state marijuana law.

At least $300 million in federal funds under President Obama has been spent prosecuting state-legal medical cannabis activity, advocates estimate.

“This bill resolves the issue entirely by letting states determine their own policies,” stated Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “It’s the strongest federal legislation introduced to date, and it’s the bill most likely to pass in a Republican-controlled Congress. Nearly every GOP presidential contender has said marijuana policy should be a state issue, not a federal one, essentially endorsing this bill”.