A bill was recently introduced to the House of Representatives, H.R.420, by Rep Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) proposes the federal government remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. It also requests that it gives the responsibility of regulating it to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
“While the bill number may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, the issue is very serious,” says Blumenauer, who is co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. “Our federal marijuana laws are outdated, out of touch and have negatively impacted countless lives. Congress cannot continue to be out of touch with a movement that a growing majority of Americans support. It’s time to end this senseless prohibition.”
If passed, the bill would allow federal funding for cannabis research. Also, funds currently used for law enforcement would be freed up for use elsewhere. Taking marijuana off the list of substances governed by the Controlled Substances Act would open interstate commerce and allow cannabis businesses to access traditional banking services.