Marijuana Laws-H.R. 6606: New Legislation to Stop Fed Interference with State Laws
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 12/28/2012 in Medical Marijuana Laws
H.R. 6606: The Respect States and Citizens Rights Act of 2012
H.R. 6606: Stop Federal Interference
Introduced on November 27th, 2012, the United States Representatives introduced a bipartisan legislation bill to Congress- House Bill 6606, The Respect States and Citizens Rights Act of 2012– which in effect would amend the US Controlled Substances Act to provide that federal law shall not preempt state marijuana laws.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado and is co-sponsored by Blumenauer (OR), Coffman (CO), Cohen (TN), Farr (CA), Frank (MA), Grijalva (AZ), Lee (CA), Paul (TX), and Polis (CO). It has been referred to Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Marijuana: Schedule 1 Substance
Currently marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. As a schedule 1 drug, marijuana is classified as a substance with a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical treatment use and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision. Federal penalties for any amount on the first offense can carry up to 1 year in prison and minimum $1000 fine. Cultivation or possession of less than 50 plants or less than 50 kg can carry up to 5 years in prison and a minimum fine of $250,000.
Man Sentenced to 10 years-life for operating Marijuana Collective in CA
Even though medical marijuana is legal in 18 states and the District of Colombia and legal for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Anyone violating federal law can face criminal charges, regardless of state legislation to the contrary. For example in October, Aaron Sandusky of Southern California was convicted in a federal court of two marijuana related counts and sentenced to 10 years to life. Sandusky is owner of three medical marijuana collectives which is legal to own and operate under California state law.
These and other troubling issues surrounding the state of marijuana law enforcement is creating disharmony between federal and state laws and causing much confusion for its citizens. As unacceptable as it is, voters have spoken in overwhelming numbers to regulate the sale of marijuana. With this new bill, it is possible for the war waged on honest and hard-working Americans to finally end. The times when Americans have to live with the fear of being incarcerated for victimless crimes should and will come to an end with the passing of this bill.
Find your Representatives by clicking here and urging them to pass H.R. 6606. You can also visit NORML’s TAKE ACTION PAGE by CLICKING HERE and fill out the bottom portion of the form to have a letter automatically generated and sent to your respective Representative urging them to pass HR 6606.