H.R.975 – Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-48] (Introduced 02/07/2017)|
|Committees:||House – Judiciary; Energy and Commerce|
|Latest Action:||House – 02/10/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (02/07/2017)
Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017
This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide that the Act’s regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal penalties do not apply to a person who produces, possesses, distributes, dispenses, administers, or delivers marijuana in compliance with state laws.
Summary of H.R.975 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017
The ‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’ Reintroduced In Congress
Washington, DC: United States Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with six other Republicans and six Democrats, has reintroduced bipartisan legislation, ‘The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act,’ to prevent the federal government from criminally prosecuting individuals and/or businesses who are engaging in state-sanctioned activities specific to the possession, use, production, and distribution of marijuana.
House Resolution 975 amends the federal Controlled Substances Act to read, ”Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provisions of this subchapter related to marihuana shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with state laws relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of marihuana.”
Passage of this Act would halt federal officials from prosecuting individuals and businesses in the 29 states that permit either the medical or the adult use and distribution of marijuana. According to national polling, 60 percent of Americans believe that state officials ought to possess the authority to “control and decide whether to legalize marijuana” – not the federal government.
“With the recent confirmation of militant marijuana prohibitionist Jeff Sessions to the position of US Attorney General, passage of this Act is a priority to ensure that medical marijuana patients and others are protected from undue federal interference,” NORML’s Political Director Justin Strekal said.
The bill is one of several pieces of legislation already filed in Congress to amend federal marijuana policy. Other pending measures include HR 715, which seeks to reschedule cannabis under federal law, and HR 331, which halts the federal government from taking civil forfeiture action against properties involved in state-approved, medical marijuana-related conduct.
For more information, please contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500. For additional information regarding pending state and federal legislation, please visit NORML’s Take Action Center.
The ‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’ Reintroduced In Congress Washington, DC: United States Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with six other Republicans and six Democrats, has