Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has introduced H.R. 1523, "Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013," which would prevent the federal government from continuing to prosecute residents who are acting in accordance with their state's marijuana laws. The bill would legalize marijuana at the federal level to the extent it is legal at the state level.
"This bipartisan bill represents a common-sense approach that establishes federal government respect for all states' marijuana laws," says Rohrabacher. " It does so by keeping the federal government out of the business of criminalizing marijuana activities in states that don't want it to be criminal."
The bill's approach to marijuana policy is seemingly consistent with the views of a solid majority of voters. A recent Pew Research poll found 60% of Americans believe, "the federal government should not enforce federal laws prohibiting the use of marijuana in states where it is legal."
So far, 18 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized the use of marijuana to some extent and it is likely that several other states will legalize marijuana to some degree in the future.
Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jared Polis, (D-CO) and Don Young (R-AK) have joined Mr. Rohrabacher as original co-sponsors of H.R. 1523.