Summary

4/18/2013--Introduced.National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013 - Establishes the National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy to undertake a comprehensive review of current policies of the... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Apr 18, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To establish the National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following: (1) In 1971, Congress created the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, led by Governor Raymond P. Shafer, known as the Shafer Commission. (2) The Shafer Commission undertook a comprehensive review of the nature and scope of marijuana use, its effects, the relationship of marijuana use to other behavior, and the efficacy of existing law. (3) The final report of the Shafer Commission recommended that marijuana be decriminalized. (4) Since the Shafer Commission, the Federal Government has expanded its ``War on Drugs'' and continued to prohibit the use of marijuana. (5) The District of Columbia and 18 States have legalized and regulated the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. (6) Since 1973, 15 States have decriminalized marijuana for personal use, in some cases based on the Shafer Commission recommendations. (7) Since 1973, 2 States have legalized and regulated marijuana for personal use. (8) Since the Shafer Commission, the Federal Government has not undertaken a similar review of its policy toward marijuana. (9) The Federal Government must reconcile its prohibition of marijuana with the laws of the States where marijuana is legal for some purposes and the likelihood that more States will follow in...

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Nation

194 Supporting
304 Opposing
39% 61%

State: CA

17 Supporting
20 Opposing
46% 54%

District: 1st

1 Supporting
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Organizations Supporting

Ask your members of Congress to support appointing a commission to re-examine our failed marijuana policies. Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), one of the strongest supporters of sensible marijuana policies in Congress, is the lead sponsor of H.R. 1635. His bill would create a blue-ribbon commission to determine the best way to resolve the conflict between federal law and state laws that have removed criminal penalties for the medical or recreational use of marijuana. With most Americans in support of ending prohibition, and two states having done so already, this kind of evidence-based, honest assessment of our marijuana policies is exactly what Congress should be doing. Please ask your members of Congress to support this legislation. http://www.mpp.org/our-work/federal-policy/

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Users Supporting

I support H.R. 1635: National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013 because...I live in a state where it has been approved for medically use. It helps me immensely with pain relief. The war on the drug is a loosing battle. I need the drug to be rescheduled to a schedule II SUBSTANCE To fully get the Benefits from that it offers. Please help those of us in constant chronic pain, we are not street criminals, in my case just an older person who has found a way to take less liver damaging drugs, and enjoy what's left of my life.

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AZ
5
Wazz
AZ-5
10 months ago

I support H.R. 1635: National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013 because.when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and underwent 12 months of chemo using marijuana was the only way I was actually able to enjoy eating to regain my strength food did not have any taste and when trying to chew or swallow I just kept getting sick when i tried smoking the first time I was able to eat an entire meal because hunger had returned and food did not make me gag which was great better than forced feeding and NO ill effects,..

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FL
2
SteveBrady
FL-2
11 months ago

I support H.R. 1635: National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013, but really, we shouuldn't even bother. The drug war is a failure. No debate is needed. End drug prohibition, and not just marijuana.

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MO
2
Dr.G
MO-2
11 months ago

I support H.R. 1635: National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013 because... Stop the insanity. Just legalize it already.

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AZ
6
cblphx
AZ-6
11 months ago

I support H.R. 1635: National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013. I have never smoked or used marijuana, and I cannot think of a circumstance where I would use it. However, I strongly oppose the criminalization of personal behavior regardless of its health impacts on that individual. Government has no place in the personal lives of the citizenry unless those individual's actions have a direct impact on the rights and safety of others.

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OH
1
JoshRobinson
OH-1
11 months ago

I support H.R. 1635: National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013 because we need information to create sensible policy and that means investigation of federal and state rules as well as document medical reports with real data regarding marijuana use and effects. We need to get all the facts to resolve this growing contradiction between state and federal rules.

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CA
19
khromat
CA-19
11 months ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 1635: National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013 because... There is no need to throw money at this. The results are already well known. Just move forward with other legislation.

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IN
2
grimor
IN-2
7 months ago

I oppose H.R. 1635: National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013 because I feel the government should have no say on the topic of marijuana. Consenting adults should not have to seek permission from the government in order to engage in any activity so long as it does no harm to others. We already have laws in place for those who would infringe upon the liberties of another. To waste more tax payer funds in order to pay politicians who wish to enforce their will on the rest of us is both un-american and immoral.

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WI
5
patriot1969
WI-5
7 months ago

I oppose H.R. 1635: National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013 because...You people are just dumb. Marijuana is more dangerous than tobacco. Both should be banned. Any use should be severely discouraged and for Marijuana jailed. There are no benefits from using either.

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MA
6
FrankH
MA-6
11 months ago

I oppose H.R. 1635: National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013 because...I don't think that we need any more federal authorities trying to tell states on how to run their affairs. No more Fed influence.

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MS
3
threek1att.net
MS-3
11 months ago

I oppose H.R. 1635: National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013 because the country is already 'overburdened' with liberals and progressives who walk around mumbling the words 'Wow Man'.

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CA
50
Evaluator
CA-50
11 months ago

I oppose H.R. 1635: National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013 because...There shouldn't be any discussion on this matter...... it should all be dismissed.

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WV
2
speakerr
WV-2
11 months ago

Bill Summary

4/18/2013--Introduced.National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013 - Establishes the National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy to undertake a comprehensive review of current policies of the federal government toward marijuana in light of the growing number of states in which marijuana is legal for medicinal or personal use. Requires such review to include: (1) how federal policy should interact with state laws that make marijuana legal for such use; (2) the cost of the prohibition and potential regulation of marijuana and the potential revenue generated by taxation of marijuana; (3) the impact of federal banking and tax laws on businesses operating in compliance with state laws related to marijuana; (4) the health impacts related to marijuana use, and in comparison to alcohol and tobacco use; (5) the public safety effects and impact of the prohibition, and the regulation and control, of marijuana; (6) the impact of marijuana prohibition on criminal justice and the collateral consequences of prosecution for marijuana possession; (7) recommendations for the appropriate placement of marijuana in the schedule of the Controlled Substances Act; and (8) the effects of the prohibition or future regulation and control of marijuana on international relationships and treaty obligations.

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