Demand Federal Government Respect States’ Marijuana Laws

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Target: Members of Congress

Goal: Extend protection from federal prosecution for marijuana users and businesses who obey state marijuana laws

A bipartisan bill was recently introduced in Congress that would extend legal protection from federal prosecution of marijuana businesses and users as long as they obey state laws. Representative Dana Rohrabacher introduced the bill known as the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, which would protect both medical and recreational marijuana users and businesses. Rohrabacher explains, “This bipartisan bill represents a common-sense approach that establishes federal government respect for all states’ marijuana laws. 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.”

Indeed, support for legalization of marijuana continues to grow, and not only in Washington and Colorado, where both medical and recreational use has been recently made legal thanks in large part to citizen activism. A recent Pew Research poll shows that the majority of Americans now support legalization of marijuana, and 60 percent of Americans believe that the federal government has no business interfering with states’ marijuana laws. Rohrbacher’s bill simply enacts the will of the people and is a much-needed solution to ensure that law-abiding citizens and businesses are not prosecuted.

The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act does more than just extend protection to legal marijuana users; it is an important step in ending America’s decades long War on Drugs. The “War” has been widely cited as a major failure as the U.S. has now been ranked as the world leader in illegal drug use. The Drug War has wasted trillions of taxpayer dollars and  caused violence and illegal trafficking to surge in the U.S. and other countries including Mexico. It is also a major contributing factor in America’s rising prison population–the highest in the world–of which over half of inmates are nonviolent drug offenders.

These are not the only reasons a law like Rohrabacher’s is desperately needed. Despite his campaign promises, the Obama Administration is responsible for hundreds of raids on medical marijuana dispensaries and prosecutions related to medical marijuana. Sign the petition below to demand that the federal government respect states’ marijuana laws.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Representative Rohrabacher and members of Congress,

A common sense approach is long overdue in the case of marijuana legalization and state laws. The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act would extend legal protection from federal prosecution of marijuana businesses and users as long as they obey state laws. It is a much-needed solution to ensure that law-abiding citizens and businesses are not prosecuted by federal officials who are overreaching the extent of their power.

Not only does this bill protect lawful citizens who use marijuana for a myriad of medical purposes and recreation, but it also enacts the will of the people. A recent Pew Research poll shows that the majority of Americans now support legalization of marijuana, and 60 percent of Americans believe that the federal government has no business interfering with states’ marijuana laws. Despite the growing support for legalization, President Obama has failed to represent the people’s wishes by proceeding with raids of medical dispensaries and marijuana-related prosecutions.

The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act does more than just extend protection to legal marijuana users, it is an important step in overhauling America’s decades long War on Drugs. The “War” has been widely cited as a major failure as the U.S. has now been ranked as the world leader in illegal drug use. The Drug War has wasted trillions of taxpayer dollars and  caused violence and illegal trafficking to surge in the U.S. and other countries including Mexico. It is also a major contributing factor in America’s rising prison population–the highest in the world–of which over half of inmates are nonviolent drug offenders. Surely our money and energy could be better spent on more worthwhile endeavors than restricting access to a plant with proven medicinal properties and a death rate of zero.

Protect law-abiding citizens and tax-paying businesses. Support the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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