Ron Paul, others to introduce marijuana bill

In early June, a 19-member international panel of luminaries called the so-called “war on drugs” a failure, and recommended the United States consider legalizing marijuana in order to better undermine criminal organizations and stop punishing those who “do no harm to others.”

It apparently only took a few weeks for Congress to hear them, as Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), along with other congressmen, will be introducing legislation in the House on Thursday to “limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling,” reports Reason.com, which claims to have gotten its information from the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP.)

The bill is not an attempt to legalize pot, the authors insist, but is instead intended to clear up the conflicts between federal and state law that exist throughout the country. As many as 16 states currently allow the use of medical marijuana, an allowance that falls into direct conflict with federal law.

According to the MPP: “Rep. Frank’s legislation would end state/federal conflicts over marijuana policy, reprioritize federal resources, and provide more room for states to do what is best for their own citizens.”

While GOP presidential candidate Paul and the very liberal Frank might seem an odd pair, this legislation is right up Paul’s libertarian alley, as it focuses on allowing states to do what they want without interference from Washington, D.C.

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