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Politico - Ron Paul, Barney Frank: Legalize it

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A group of House members led by Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) plan to introduce legislation Thursday that would legalize the use of marijuana and allow states to develop their own rules on the drug's use within their borders.

Modeled on the amendment to the U.S. Constitution that repealed the prohibition of alcohol, the legislation is being cast by the Marijuana Policy Project as the "the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition."

The bill would let states legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. It would also "reprioritize federal resources" away from the enforcement of anti-marijuana laws, limiting the federal government's role in combating cross-border and interstate smuggling, as well as in fighting the growth, use and sale of the drug.

Other sponsors of the bill are Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). But, because Paul has signed on, MPP is promoting the legislation as a "bipartisan" effort.


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