At the beginning of 2013, Colorado Representative Jared Polis jumped into Washington DC with all bongs blazing and introduced a controversial new bill aimed at abolishing the current state of marijuana prohibition across the United States.
Unfortunately, the bill, House Resolution 499, has been forced to the back of the line by the three-piece henchmen under Uncle Sam’s thumb, and many believe that it will not be able to generate enough support to pull it from its shallow grave inside the committee.
Nevertheless, this bill, entitled “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013,” does in fact exist and its mission is simple and indisputably clear: to fully legalize cannabis for American citizens and give them back their right to smoke weed without fear of being grudge humped on all fours by the backbiters of the nation known as state and federal prosecutors.
According to the HR 499 summary, the bill “Eliminates marijuana as: (1) a controlled substance for purposes of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act or the National Forest System Drug Control Act of 1986, (2) a dangerous drug for purposes of federal criminal code provisions authorizing interception of communications, and (3) a targeted drug for purposes of provisions of the national youth anti-drug media campaign under the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998.”
In addition, the bill indicates that marijuana would essentially be handled in the same manner as alcohol, with various facets of the industry being governed by agencies like the Food and Drug Administration, the Treasury Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms, and Explosives.
Interestingly, the bill appears to be our nation’s dirty little secret, not gaining much attention from the media since it was introduced in February, while the committee continues to sandbag the issue in hopes that it will rot before they are forced to revisit the issue.
However, a Facebook page was recently launched in a last ditch effort to spread the word about House Resolution 499 to the public in hopes that this important piece of legislation can gain enough traction to force the committee to take it seriously.