On Thursday, Congressman Jared Polis introduced the Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Act of 2018 in the House of Representatives. It is a bill that would remove marijuana from Schedule 1, where it currently sits with other drugs such as cocaine and heroin. States could legalize cannabis if they choose to do so by September 2019 or before July 2020 when there will be an election for federal office. This act has been hailed as “historic” but may face uphill battle given opposition from several members of Congress including Raul Labrador who says he does not support legalization because “we don’t want this industry going through some big blip just to become Big Tobacco.”

The “decriminalized vs legal” is a debate that is still being discussed. The Republican Representative has introduced a bill to legalize marijuana.

Republican Representative Introduces Bill to Legalize Marijuana

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The States Reform Act is a piece of legislation that was enacted

Representative Nancy Mace, a Republican from South Carolina, has introduced legislation to legalize cannabis on the federal level by removing it off the DEA’s schedule of controlled substances. 

Representative Mace claims to be working on legislation that will be “palatable” to states around the nation and individuals on both sides of the aisle. That is her justification for wanting to legalize cannabis on a federal level while yet allowing states to decide how to handle the drug. 

“While abolishing federal involvement with state cannabis laws, the States Reform Act takes extra care to keep Americans and their children safe.” Washington must provide a framework that permits states to make their own cannabis choices in the future. “This bill does that,” stated the Congresswoman. 

Local and state governments would not be compelled in any manner to adjust their marijuana laws under the States Reform Act; it only addresses the federal government’s perception of marijuana’s illegality. At each stage of its growing, manufacture, and sale, cannabis would be controlled in the same manner that alcohol is — the USDA would monitor producers, the ATF/TTB would regulate cannabis products, and the FDA would oversee medicinal marijuana. Medical marijuana would be legalized only for the following purposes:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Pain that lasts a long time
  • Sickle cell disease is a kind of cancer that affects
  • HIV/AIDS
  • PTSD
  • Individual states choose other uses.

The plan would put a 3% federal excise tax on marijuana goods, but states would be allowed to levy their own taxes as they see fit. The federal funds would be used to support law enforcement, small businesses, and mental health initiatives for veterans. 

It also states that persons who have been convicted of nonviolent cannabis-related offences that are no longer regarded crimes will be freed from jail or prison and their records would be cleared. This would impact 2,600 persons convicted of federal crimes, as well as tens of thousands more throughout the country. 

Other Republicans have also signed on to the measure. Representatives Tom McClintock of California, Don Young of Arkansas, Brian Mast of Michigan, and Peter Meijer of Michigan all co-sponsored the measure. 

Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, which means it is a substance or chemical with no recognised medicinal value and a high potential for abuse. Currently, medical marijuana is allowed in 39 states plus the District of Columbia, as well as the US territory of Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Marijuana is used for medicinal reasons, according to the CDC, but scientists are still learning about its health impacts and possible health advantages. The FDA has also authorized a marijuana-based anti-seizure medication. 

Mace says she expects bipartisan support for the measure and believes she will receive it. She feels the appeal lies in the fact that her bill is unique. Her measure stands out in particular because of its cheap excise tax and proposal for cannabis regulation.

Despite her drive for reconciliation, Rep. Mace is not particularly sympathetic to leftist issues. She routinely complains on social media about Democratic charges of racism, including “Fauci’s brutal and inhumane experimentation on defenseless pups” at one time. 

Which is better: left or right?

Mace’s bill competes directly with other legislation that Democrats have been attempting to pass for years, while supporters say the objective isn’t to compete, but to develop legislation that both parties can embrace. 

The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act was drafted by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, in collaboration with Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, and New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker. The aims of both bills are quite similar: de-scheduling cannabis nationally while letting states to choose their own rules; expunging earlier convictions for acts that are no longer regarded crimes; and reinvesting marijuana tax income to benefit communities affected by the War on Drugs. Another grant program established by the law would assist small businesses in the cannabis industry in getting started. The Opportunity Act’s marijuana tax rate would be much higher than Rep. Mace’s plan, with the general tax rate beginning at 10% the year it is passed, increasing to 15% the following year, 20% the year after that, and finally ending at 25% the year after that. The bill’s initial draft was released in July.

The Democrats’ measure, like the States Reform Act, addresses regulation. Senator Schumer’s plan calls for the FDA to register marijuana growers and the Treasury Department to approve any company that wants to sell marijuana. 

Chuck Schumer at a podium speaking to the media

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Representative Mace, however, believes that her bill is the better alternative.

“At the moment, just three states do not have any type of legal cannabis.” CBD is legal in my home state of South Carolina, while medicinal marijuana is legal in Florida, and recreational marijuana is legal in California and other states. Every state is unique. All of this must be taken into consideration in federal cannabis policy. Rep. Mace stated in a statement that “it’s past time for federal legislation to codify this fact.” “This bill is beneficial for criminal justice reform and assists veterans, law enforcement, farmers, companies, and individuals with significant diseases.” Furthermore, a supermajority of Americans favor ending the prohibition of cannabis, which is why just three states have no cannabis reform at all.”

“It’s a clean structure at the federal level,” she said to her Twitter followers, pushing her measure. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, most Americans will find something in this that they can agree on.”

“Federal prohibition isn’t working, and states know it,” the legislator added in another tweet. 47 people have spoken out, and they want Washington to get out of the way when it comes to #cannabis.”‘

Bud is a Democrat and a Republican.

Marijuana legalization is massively popular in the United States. As Wikileaf recently reported, a 68 percent supermajority of those asked in Gallup think they’re OK with adults consuming cannabis. This crosses partisan lines, with Republican support for legalizing increasing dramatically. According to Gallup, 49% of Conservatives favor recreational cannabis legalization, compared to 87 percent of Liberals and 74% of those who categorized their ideology as Moderate. 

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