Ron Paul, Barney Frank To Introduce Bill Legalizing Marijuana


barney-frankA group of US representatives plan to introduce legislation that will legalize marijuana and allow states to legislate its use, pro-marijuana groups said Wednesday.

The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, and allow people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal.

The bill, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday by Republican Representative Ron Paul and Democratic Representative Barney Frank, would be the first ever legislation designed to end the federal ban on marijuana.

Sixteen of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

But planting, selling or commercially distributing marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Last year, California citizens voted not to legalize recreational marijuana use, although the debate continues in about half a dozen other states.

Three weeks ago a group of ex-presidents of Latin America as well as former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan denounced the failure of the global war on drugs and called for urgent changes, including the legalization of cannabis.

Between 1998 and 2008, worldwide consumption of opiates increased 35 percent, with cocaine use growing 27 percent and marijuana use growing 8.5 percent, according to the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

June marks the 40th anniversary of the “War on Drugs” launched by President Richard Nixon in 1970, the first major US anti-drug initiative.

{AFP/ Newscenter}


  1. Plop plop, fizz fizz, what are we doing folks! I debated this issue for months and I came to the conclusion that legalizing drugs was to be a bad thing. But that said, keep the marijuana for the medical uses. And of course, lets not look foward to more stories like I heard this morning on the news about the number of people with drugs in their system who are found driving automobiles. If we did not have automobiles, I’d be all for legalizing the drug.

  2. Marijuana is not good for you, and there needs to be some form of control. With that said, I think it’s ridiculous the amount of money spent by the Feds re the war on drugs (which is failing) and incarceration regarding marijuana specifically. Provide treatment instead.

  3. There are NO medical benefits to marijuana, other that a slight increase in appetite (which may help terminal cancer and AIDS patients.)

    ‘Medical marijuana’ is a SCAM!

    Anybody can get an MD to prescribe anything and deem it medically necessary.

    Even glaucoma in which there may have been some modest decrease in intra-ocular pressure; ‘In a 1992 Information Statement entitled The Use of Marijuana in the Treatment of Glaucoma, the American Academy of OphthalmologyÂ’s Committee on Drugs concluded that there was no scientifically verifiable evidence that the use of marijuana is safe and effective in the treatment of glaucoma.’

    ..and not everyone has glaucoma..

  4. Marijuana is harmful, and results in brain damage, psychosis, and a host of other cognitive and psychological defects. The APA, NIDA, AAFP, and others are not at fault for their conclusive research findings.