Congressman Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) Seeks to Decriminalize Pot at Federal Level

By Michael Gryboski, Correspondent

image  image ( – Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, formally unveiled a bill last week that would, if enacted, remove federal criminal penalties for personal possession of small amounts of marijuana.
H.R.5843, the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2008, would exempt possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana from federal prosecution.
Frank made the announcement flanked by members of the marijuana-legalization groups the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the Drug Policy Alliance.
“At NORML we have always taken the position that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and this proposal incorporates that principle into federal law,” Keith Stroup, legal counsel for NORML, told
Stroup acknowledged that the “pot” legalization lobby hopes the bill will eventually lead to the legalization of marijuana in the United States, in any quantity. Read More..


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