Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard submits bill to decriminalize pot and remove it from the Fed's drug schedule

On March 21, Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard submitted a bi-partisan bill to Congress calling for the decriminalization of marijuana, and having it removed from the Federal government's drug list as a schedule 1 substance.

Titled HR1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, this bill is also being co-sponsored by Republican Congressman Tom Garrett from Virginia.

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Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has urged Congress to federally decriminalize marijuana Tuesday, introducing a bipartisan act to to remove the drug from the federal controlled substances list. 
“FBI reports have shown that in 2011 alone, an individual in the United States was arrested for marijuana use, sale or possession every 42 seconds,” Gabbard said in a statement. 
The congresswoman introduced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act (HR. 1227) with Republican Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett, calling on Congress to update its “outdated drug policies”. 
The pair called on Congress to take into account the growing body of evidence that suggests the medicinal benefits of marijuana, from the treatment of epileptic seizures to reducing anxiety and “even halting the growth of cancer cells.” 
The FDA currently classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 classification, along with MDMA and heroin. - Russia Today
The demonization of marijuana goes back nearly 100 years to around the time of alcohol prohibition and the aftermath of the 1910 Mexican Revolution where streams of Mexican immigrants came into the United States bringing with them their cultural use of cannabis.  And like the demonization of Opium decades before when it was brought to the U.S. by Chinese immigrants during the construction of the railroads, the basis for pot's prohibition was primarily racial, and later political when psuedo-scientists and quack physicians paid by the government began PR campaigns to falsely equate the drug with crime, rape, and the actions of undesired immigrants.

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