WASHINGTON, DC – Congress will vote next month on a bill to legalize marijuana.
Ron Paul and Barney Frank have teamed up to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana. Not decriminalizing it, but actually totally legalizing it. They both expect the House to pass the bill by a wide margin next month.
They made the announcement with Bob Marley music playing in the background.
It is being billed as an historic piece of bipartisan legislation. According to the Marijuana Policy Project: “The legislation is the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition.” They also feel that the bill will pass with a majority in both houses.
On this, the 40th anniversary of the War on Drugs, basically every Congressperson agrees that marijuana prohibition is an expensive failure.
Prior to this bill, dubbed the End Pot Prohibition Act, Paul and Frank had introduced “The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009”, which eliminated federal laws prohibiting farmers from growing non-psychoactive industrial hemp.
The two congressman had also co-signed the “Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act of 2008”, which enacted legal protections for medical marijuana users, and the “Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2008”, which removed federal criminal penalties for possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana.
Asked whether he thought President Obama will sign the bill, Paul said, “I think a lot of people would shocked if he didn’t. Many have smoked joints with President at the White House.”
Frank said Congress intends to “tax the hell out” of marijuana, but said that the taxes would still be far less then the taxes on cigarettes.
Frank and Paul each took hits from a joint at the press conference. “I think the marijuana would do a lot of good for the country right now,” Paul said as he passed the joint to Frank. “We all need to mellow out.”
Stoned Tea Party Republicans agreed, “I see rainbows,” said Michele Bachmann.
Former President Bush stopped by Congress to lend his support to the bill: