Senator introduces bill to legalize marijuana called S.420

Elias Hubbard
February 10, 2019

The legalization of marijuana, a drug that is still considered illegal in most parts of the world, is a conversation that has been happening in all sorts of legislative and judicial rooms.

A USA senator from OR has introduced legislation that would allow states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal oversight. According to The Verge, the new bill, hilariously called S.420, would give the DEA sixty days to remove marijuana from its list of controlled substances.

The Democratic majority in the House appears more open to considering proposals to ease federal restrictions on marijuana.

"The federal prohibition of marijuana is wrong, plain and simple", Wyden said statement. "Too many lives have been wasted, and too many economic opportunities have been missed". "It's time for Congress to respect the will of the voters in OR and nationwide, who are demanding common-sense drug policies". The senator hopes to legalize marijuana by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), establishing an excise tax for legal operations and by creating a permit system for aspiring merchants.

Blumenauer agreed to say that voters' opinion regarding marijuana use has changed over time and that it is time for it to be legalized federally.

"One of the things that I've heard kind of bouncing around is that there's potentially a bill that will be proposed this session that allows for the exportation of OR marijuana", Roberts said.

The bill is among a trio proposed by Mr. Wyden as part of "Path to Marijuana Reform" being simultaneously pursued in the House by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat, repeating efforts unsuccessfully mounted by the lawmakers during the last Congress. The other measures in the package, the Small Business Tax Equity Act and the Responsibly Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act. The bill would allow marijuana to be taxed and regulated like alcohol, and reduce barriers for legal marijuana businesses to get access to banking.

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