Petitioning US Congressman
Remove Marijuana from the list of federal controlled substances and allow states to decide how they want to regulate it.
Petition by Valarie Davis
Did you know that 20 state legislatures, along with Washington DC, have already enacted some form of marijuana decriminalization. In each of these states, most marijuana users no longer face arrest, jail time or the stain of a criminal record for the possession of small amounts of marijuana. And guess what? The walls have not come tumbling down, nor has the sky fallen. In fact, overall crime rates have dropped in those states, and law enforcement has more time to concentrate on catching serious criminals.
So, now it is time to go national by supporting the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013 (H.R. 499)
"Congress should simply allow states to regulate marijuana as they see fit and stop wasting federal tax dollars on the failed drug war," said Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) who sponsored the bill.
The bill would remove marijuana from the schedules of the federal Controlled Substance Act, and eliminate the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug. Also under this bill, the federal regulation of marijuana would be transferred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – which, would subsequently have to be renamed.
By signing this petition you are asking your US Representative to support H.R. 499 and decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.
The federal government should remove marijuana from its schedule of controlled substances and allow the states to regulate marijuana. Furthermore, the decriminalization of marijuana frees up law enforcement to concentrate on more serious crimes, and it will be good for the economy.
Therefore, I am asking that you work to implement a sensible policy on marijuana law by supporting the removal of marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances. And, that you also support the ‘Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013 (H.R. 499)’ as it moves through the house.