When it comes to federal cannabis laws, many of us agree that they are out of date and in need of positive reform. One federal lawmaker also shares this point of view. Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon made a statement in a recent interview with Willamette Week regarding just this.
“Federal marijuana laws are outdated out-of-touch and have negatively impacted countless lives. Congress cannot continue to be out of touch with the movement that a growing majority of Americans support. It’s time to end this senseless prohibition.”
To that, I say, “say it louder Earl for the people in the back!”
This interview came in light of Blumenauer’s recent introduction of H.R 420. No this is not fake news. “The 420 Bill” as it is being dubbed was officially filed as H. R. 420 in the House of Representatives. It is also the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act.”
This legislation which was Representative Blumenauer is responsible for introducing looks to put the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives at the helm. If it sees success, “the 420 bill” will officially remove marijuana from the CSA. The CSA or Controlled Substance Act currently lists cannabis as schedule 1 substance with no potential for medical benefits.
H.R. 420 is part of his “blueprint to legalize marijuana” which he put in front of Democratic leadership last fall. This blueprint to legalize also addresses steps to providing veterans with hassle-free access to cannabis as well as legitimizing a cannabis banking solution.
With many new representatives in both the House and Senate, many people are getting high hopes that Congress will take steps to positively reform cannabis laws in the United States this year. Be sure to follow Roottie on social media to stay up to date on this bill and how it progresses in the coming weeks.