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New Bill in Congress to End Marijuana Prohibition

A bill co-authored by Representatives Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) to be introduced tomorrow (June 23, 2011) would end the long standing Federal prohibition on Marijuana cultivation and use, returning control to the States, according to a breaking news story just out in the San Jose Mercury news. The bill’s co-sponsors are John Conyers (D-Mich.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), and Barbara Lee (D-Oakland).

“The human cost of the failed drug war has been enormous -egregious racial disparities, shattered families, poverty, public health crises, prohibition-related violence, and the erosion of civil liberties. And of course the cost in dollars and cents has been staggering as well – over a trillion dollars spent to incarcerate tens of millions of young people,” Lee said Wednesday. “I co-sponsored this bipartisan legislation because I believe it is time to turn the page from this failed drug war.”

You can read the original article here.

 

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