GOP Congressman Introduces Bill to End Federal Prohibition of Marijuana

Earlier this week, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced legislation to Congress which would effectively end the federal prohibition of marijuana, and return power to the states.

Titled the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, the bill would exempt “individuals and entities from certain provisions of the Controlled Substances Act if they are acting in compliance with state marijuana laws.”

Rohrabacher told the press:

“I happen to believe that the Federal Government shouldn’t be locking up anyone for making a decision of what he or she should privately consume, whether that person is rich or poor, and we should never be giving people the excuse, especially Federal authorities, that they have a right to stop people or intrude into their lives in order to prevent them and prevent others from smoking a weed, consuming something they personally want to consume.”

This will now be the third time that Rohrabacher has filed legislation to end the federal prohibition of marijuana, as he introduced similar bills in 2015 and 2013.

But with marijuana winning more states than Hillary Clinton in 2016, Rohrabacher’s bill may finally get more support this year than it has in the past, since representatives from 8 states would have the incentive to support it.