Congress is setting its sights on removing marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 which would in effect legalize the substance nationally.
Is federal cannabis legalization right around the corner? Two congressional representatives have just introduced legislation that would legalize cannabis, removing it from the scheduled substance under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. Currently, the Controlled Substances Act is the primary piece of legislation that criminalizes cannabis sales, cultivation, and possession. However, the Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 could change all of that.
The “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” was introduced to the house on February 27th by Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).
If passed, the bill would place cannabis in the realm of alcohol and tobacco, rather than categorize the herb as a drug as dangerous as heroin and more dangerous than cocaine.
The bill was originally proposed back in 2015 by none other than Senator Bernie Sanders, and has since been revived. Once released, Garrett stated,
This new bill comes shortly after the launch of the Cannabis Caucus, which is made up of a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers that hope to protect the rights of cannabis consumers and the cannabis industry on a national level.
The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act would allow states to control and regulate their own cannabis markets, including hemp, recreational, and medical products. Sounds pretty amazing, right? But, these sorts of bills have been introduced to congress before, without much action.