Pubdate: Wed, 04 Jun 2014
Source: Nevada Appeal (Carson City, NV)
Copyright: 2014 Nevada Appeal
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., has introduced legislation that would 
decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

He said the proposal would turn the decision whether pot use and 
possession is legal over to the states.

"States that have voted to legalize marijuana for medical and/or 
recreational use should not fear federal agents raiding their 
businesses and intimidating their citizens," Horsford said.

He said the bill doesn't force states to legalize pot but would 
simply direct the Attorney General to remove marijuana from the list 
of controlled substances and put it under the federal Alcohol 
Administration Act.

That would allow the treasury secretary to regulate the import, 
shipping and sales of pot in interstate or foreign commerce.

He said that also protects states' rights by letting them regulate 
marijuana at the local level.

He said the bill "recognizes that millions of taxpayer dollars have 
been wasted fighting a failed drug war on marijuana."
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