by David Downs
A bill that would shield state-legal marijuana activity faces long odds in Congress this year, even though polls show 60 percent of Americans think Uncle Sam should leave legalization up to the states. No wonder Congress has such a abysmally low approval rating of 15 percent.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday that passing 'The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act' from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach (co-sponsors include Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee), would be a "long shot in this congressional session."
This is despite the fact that 72 percent of Americans agree that "government efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth." One Republican Congressman from Virginia even compared Colorado and Washington's legalization of marijuana for adults over 21 to “sex trafficking.” "If a state said sex trafficking is OK, would we honor that?” said Representative Frank Wolf.
Last year a bill to defund the federal medical marijuana crackdown failed 262-163 in the House. Still, “the prospects are much better now," Rohrabacher told the Times.
You can ask your rep to support HR 1523 “The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act” by using Marijuana Policy Project's form here.