Take Action to End Marijuana Prohibition!

Last month, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced legislation, House Resolution 499, which would effectively end the federal prohibition on marijuana and allow states to set their own policies.

House Resolution 499: The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, transfer the Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to regulate marijuana to a newly renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms, require commercial marijuana producers to purchase a permit, and ensure that federal law distinguishes between individuals who grow marijuana for personal use and those involved in commercial sale and distribution.

You can read the full text of this measure here.

Congress needs to hear from you, please take a minute and click here to quickly and easily write your Representative and urge him or her to support the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013!


50 thoughts

  1. The big problem with this one is that it leaves it up to individual states and not nation wide which is the only way this can work.If it’s left up to the states it accomplishes nothing at all and the criminal element is still there and that’s the main thing we want to eliminate completely so it has to be a nation wide bill/law to legalise it and not just leaving it up to a state

  2. I truly hope this act passes. I’m tired of having to hide my use of marijuana from everyone because its illegal and it “looks bad”, but no one really understands how it has helped me with depression, stress, and anxiety. I have been self medicating myself in an illegal state for over a year now and I can definitely see an improvement in not only my school work but in myself. Not to mention smoking weed is just awesome :3 END THE PROHIBITION!

  3. Already wrote both my senators and my representative…Tom Harkin, Chuck Grassley, and Steve King…all stupid republicans…all said the exact same thing…gateway drug, dangerous for kids, bla bla bla…
    Why is it that legalizing marijuana sends the wrong message to children, but the colorful commercials by McDonalds, capri sun, and basically all sugary, unhealthy foods are able to advertise toward children when the number one problem in children these days is obesity? Hell, you even get a toy inside happy meals….fuck this Congress….im voting blue no matter what…then when all the red is gone, its time for people like Gary Johnson and others to re-establish the GOP and the real basis of the Republican foundation..which is Freedom of choice…
    and soon, im moving to Oregon…fuck Iowa

  4. Charles and JJ, I agree with both of you and think that conservatives have become hypocrites toward freedom and the basics of the constitution. I have to add that the liberals are just as bad and want to regulate everything that the conservatives dont.

    I refuse to vote red or blue out of contempt for the broken system we have. Everyone I know says I am wasting my vote and I respond that they are sellouts to their own beliefs that both parties are puppets to corporate manipulation and greed. We are not a nation of individuals anymore we are a nation of corporations and everyone else are slaves to their profits.

    I want to see cannabis legal NATIONALLY but in order to do that I have to vote for individuals that what to take away other rights that I do not want to give up. Either way we get screwed. The lesser of two evils just does not fly anymore if you actually believe in personal freedom with laws that penalize criminals not criminalize behavior that you do not like.

  5. This is precisely how alcohol prohibition ended: one by one, state by state prohibition ended because the people spoke. The feds had no choice but to allow state laws to stand. It will be no different here.
    The key is to continue to put pressure on local, state, and federal legislators. Start voting for candidates that are pro-regulation/taxation, get on the streets and protest, stand on corners with billboards with links to where folks can get more info about the issue [NORML site :)], start mailing pamphlets using the white pages, cold call homes with a survey and send the information you record to aforementioned legislators, head to town halls/city councils and voice your opinion, get chain emails going, etc etc, and always encourage friends to assist you.
    The people of Washington and Colorado spoke, let’s ride their coattails into a new era.

  6. Wtf does political association have to do with any of this people. Its about doing the right thing. Pointing fingers will not get you anywhere but piss off mass amounts of people and that’s it. I’m a republican and conservative and I probably smoke more pot than both of you. Grow a effen brain morons.

  7. Allowing states to set their own policies is not a big problem. The problem has always been the closed minded federal prohibitionist.

  8. Legalize it tax it properly like cigs or beer the crime will ho down and cops can focus on getting the real harmful drugs off the streets like crack or cocaine

  9. I totally agree with you Nathaniel.One idea I had the other day is to get the info together on cannabis curing cancer and how it works.Then head over to your local cancer center and pass this info out to cancer patients.Making up signs talking about the benefits of cannabis,and stick them all over town nonchalantly.A sharpie in the restroom.Comments on stories about people with a illness or condition that cannabis provides relief from in your local papers online.We need to get the word out everywhere That cannabis is a very healthy herb to consume,every way that we can.

  10. OldGuy, that is brainwashing. There is only two ways to “throw away your vote.” First, don’t bother voting. Second, vote for someone you don’t want in office. You go down the list until you get to someone worth your vote.

    Voting one way or another based on how you think your neighbors are going to vote is how you play yourself. Using coke-head logic, you’re stuck flushing every good canidate down the toilet and making sure they don’t have a chance. You cause the problem and blame everyone else for resricting your choices. Crazy or stupid much???

    Stop voting like you’re the tool. It is your vote and your tax money. Why throw it away on making things worse by voting for the same old crap?

  11. “Tom Harkin, Chuck Grassley, and Steve King…all stupid republicans…”

    Tom Harkin is a long time Democrat, and has been your senator since 1985 and you were not aware of this?

  12. Will this even get a hearing? Ron Paul and Barney Frank put in a bill or two just like this one, and it just sat in limbo forever.

  13. Its a process. Is what this does is open the door for states to freely decide whether to legalize. There are several on the list that use fear of federal government interference as the reason not to reform. This eliminates that excuse and will open the floodgates to finally sensible policy

  14. cannabis extremely healthy not only medical but nutrition , textiles, its seed create biodegradable plastics. can even be a buofuel rather than petroleum which pollute are atmosphere.

    the change is coming

  15. Just a thought……

    In the U.S., cannabis was initially grown for industrial reasons, though recreational use spread quickly during the 20th century. Harry J. Anslinger, Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, responded to political pressure to ban marijuana at a nationwide level. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 created an expensive excise tax, and included penalty provisions and elaborate rules of enforcement to which marijuana, cannabis, or hemp handlers were subject. Mandatory sentencing and increased punishment were enacted when the United States Congress passed the Boggs Act of 1952 and the Narcotics Control Act of 1956.[8]

    During the counterculture of the 1960s, attitudes towards marijuana and drug abuse policy changed as use became widespread among “white middle-class college students”.[9] In Leary v. United States (1969), the Supreme Court held the Marihuana Tax Act to be unconstitutional since it violated the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution privilege against self-incrimination. In response, Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act as Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, which repealed the Marihuana Tax Act.[10] In 1972, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse concluded that marijuana should be decriminalized, but that public use and driving while intoxicated should remain illegal. By the end of the decade, several states had decriminalized the drug, while many others weakened their laws against cannabis use.

    over the years , we have cornered the cannabis regulations with trials and errors, and the government has just made up a new set of rules to change what had been changed before, making it imposible to obtain any sensible regulation, kinda like 50.00 an ounce tax, like 1937.
    even with representation getting the federal government to understand that the lies need to stop, will be anything but easy, but not imposible.
    Image, and maybe a little positive media would gather more popularity from all sides and show that cannabis can and should be viewed with a positive outlook vs the gloom it has had over the years.
    Puppies…..buterflies……soft cotton…..and cannabis……
    when its not spoken without negative terms, cannabis doesnt even sound like a problem.
    So when its allowed to be used in terms that will never be allowed like murder,prostituion,and destruction of anything positive,……..well you get the point. There is a good chance we as a whole can get our case presented, however just keep in mind that the government doesnt give up because we stand up, they only change when they bennifit….. good or bad……the track record shows…….
    “they want and we want”
    everything has a dividing line, hopefully this time we can get put on the good side of prohibition and we can prohibit the government from keeping our personal rights from being kept under their thumbs……
    good luck
    as always
    thanks for reading

  16. Stone Mountain, Obama is exactly what Republicans used to be. He isn’t a Democrat, even if he belongs to the party.

    There are way too many people in our two ridiculous parties that don’t even fit and should just go from their own parties… For example, we’ll never actually reduce the amount of pollution on Earth by voting for the clowns looking to cap and trade, we actually need binding treaties, know the kinds of laws misused by anti-marijuana folks. If we can make a harmless plant illegal, why can’t we actually regulate pollution, you know something that actually kills people and causes permanent damage? By the actions of our government, you’d be inclined to think marijuana is one of the biggest problems we’ve got! Yet there are plenty of more important issues our government just sort of ignores…

  17. I don’t know if THC is mentally healthy but at least get some more work done on Cannabidiol, there are 2 million Americans suffering with schizoprenia, about 40% of those 2 million sufferers are treatment-resistant. That means that conventional antipsychotic medication does not work on them. Take a tour of any asylum and ask to see the treatment-resistant, the suffering they are going through is worse then being tortured. Their freewill is on hold while the excessive dopamine is in control of their mind. They are in a constant state of paranoia and fear. Think being tortured for a few hours is horrible? Being schizoprenic is like being tortured non stop for 10-30-50 years.

    Cannabidiol, one of the ingredients in Marijuana has no psychoactive effect. It does not get you high. It works “as well” as any conventional antipsychotic drug minus all the negative side effects such as excessive sleepiness, feeling like a zombie, feeling soul-less, drastic weight gain, tardive dyskensia, white blood cell death, and many more. If Cannabidiol works as well as these drugs why are we abusing the most abused people in the world by not providing them a better natural treatment?

    And something tells me that the 40% of schizoprenics that are treatment resistant will finally feel some relief on Cannabidiol, something tells me the only reason they are schizoprenic is because they are deficient in Cannabidiol.

  18. my family has had bad deals with cancer my niece had lost over 40 pounds and would not eat anything but the only thing that had helped her was smoking marijuana. right now in the untied states of america marijuana is a class 1 felony. i do not see why it cures cancer and helps people it is a higher felony than cocaine and cocaine kills people there is not 1 single death recorded of anyone overdosing while smoking pot.
    this plat was put on the earth for us to enjoy god put this hear for us to have.
    i feel that marijuana is the cure to more life threating things.
    as i said before marijuana had saved my niece she smoke pot to make her self hungry so she would eat that is the only way possible for her too eat she eventually kicked cancers butt. and is still around to prove it. if you were to ask her right now if she would go back and not smoke pot she would say no it helped me and gave me strength.

  19. Hey its me again.
    I know most people have learned a lot with the useage of cannabis, but those who learn about it and say they don’t are the ones that im a little confused about.
    for instance,

    GOOGLE “patent 6630507”

    I can not figure out how the lies that are being caught daily with our govenrment, but yet this lie-aucracy is still alloed , were are the objections and mis conduct charges that the rest of us have to deal with in the eyes of the laws of the land.
    I feel like there is just this “Ostrich” approach made by our elected officals , you know like they put their heads in the sand or maybe the one in front of them and pretend that if they just stay there, then we will either go away or maybe were just non exsistance to them.
    the jigis up.
    Patient “Irv Rosenfeld”, yet another case where the government tells us one thing and does another. I know its all about “voting” to get what we want, but why is this issue being pushed away from being righted after so many years of the lies keeping this matter from even at least being represented by our government who tells us it has no values but you hold the patent and have Patient’s.

    It’s all a rant………we can all say were going to change it, but as i learn what has really been going on for years and then see how this situation is being treated now, I am starting to convince myself that the term “biger fish to fry” only means “lets lure all of them out with hope and false promises of ending prohibition and then we can eradicate all of them at once”.
    Hopefully im talking out of line , but its just they way its all stacking up……..
    the waters edge is the most dangerous.
    as always
    thanks for reading

  20. I found this online. Is this something NORML can get behind?


    Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

    Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people.

    Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.

    Whereas for too long now it has been observed that disregard and contempt for human rights has been allowed to exist in the body of politically motivated law that outlaws the possession, cultivation and use of cannabis by adults.

    The signatories of this Declaration wish to live in peace in this society, have been engaged in constant communication with their elected representatives individually or as part of groups.

    The actions of the government in this regards demonstrates continued contempt and disregard that we the undersigned feel that we have NO RECOURSE but to regard our government and some of our fellow citizens as hostile towards our declared rights and indifferent to the tyranny, oppression and terrorism that we have too long had to deal with.

    Whereas by this declaration we provide the opportunity and impudence for representatives to engage in good faith negotiations which will lead to peaceful co-exisistance.

    Whereas we the undersigned do hereby declare that IT IS OUR RIGHT to cultivate, possess and use cannabis AND that any law that says otherwise will be treated by us as the tool of tyranny.

    Whereas we the undersigned in declaring our desire to realize our liberties and our desire to live in peace also recognize that the point is near where our rights and liberties will have to be defended.

    Whereas we the undersigned are willing to do all we can to avoid conflict we hope that this WARNING also provides our fellow citizens and our representatives the impudence to also seek peace and understanding within our society.



  21. It’s the states that should regulate the legalization of controlled substances in each state. The Federal Government has too much power and should not control the actions of each state. They are put in place to protect us from outside threats and help stabilize the economy. If it is left up to the states to decide criminal intent will be abolished because it forces the places that want the medicine to have the medicine and the people who don’t to stay exactly where they are. Some states do not want cannabis in their state and out of legality and simple respect the law should be enforced. Honestly though. After legalization occurs at a Federal level for which the states decide penalties and law, a vast majority of states will trend in the legalization direction because it is too detrimental to society. People always just think about getting high, and that is such a crude part of the real endeavor. The earth gave us a plant that fixes all problems energy, food, health, clothing, over 6000 products can be produced naturally instead of in industrial lab mashing machines that produce huge amounts of bio waste. The declaration was written on hemp paper because it is for the people by the people and no big pharma, corn industry, paper mill, or gas company should ever EVER! try to take that away, because of the simple destruction alternatively poor products create……and please stop spelling legalize with an ‘S’ it makes ya sound like uneducated about the complexities of a simple plant contributing to a dying economy and visiting this website and caring about these issues shows that that is just not true….thanks

  22. “Stone Mountain says:
    March 13, 2013 at 11:05 am”

    This is a hijacking of my handle, not funny and doesn’t even sound like something I would write. Not funny editors. Guess I’ll have to pick a new one.

    “Will this even get a hearing?”

    Probably, but realistically the bills will never make it out of committee this session.

  23. Let America heal and recover: legalize cannabis and start America’s next Industrial Revolution.

  24. i used cannabis to get sober from alchohol and it was extremely successful i havn’t had a drink in months and i havn ‘t even had any cannabis either ’cause i gotta day alchohol is powerful & destructive and about a hundred times more addictive than alchohol cannabis is alot healthier and less harmful alternative to alchohol

  25. My own thoughts.

    Please consider this and legalize Marijuana.

    I have suicide tendencies without the use of cannabis. Cannabis helps my mood swings, bipolar and removes suicide thoughts from my mind.

    Currently, I am prescribed Risperidone 1mg twice a day and Fluxoxetine HCL 20MG once a day, three pills a day. By using cannabis, cannabis eliminates the use of these pills, but for the reason that marijuana is highly illegal in my state, I am on these horrible pills that just make me drowsy, cloudy and makes me think of suicide even more when I am on them. I don’t ever want to do any activities while on these medication pills that I am prescribed vs cannabis, as cannabis, eliminates my mood swings and suicide thoughts & + I love to do outside and inside activities while I am medicated on cannabis, while on the pills, i feel like just laying in bed and dieing.

    I went for treatment, and can you believe that they diagnosed me with cannabis abuse? Yup, they sure did. “pee and blood test” As if cannabis is bad in their eyes, while it is not through my eyes, it helps me in many more ways that you think or the doctors think. While they stated cannabis abuse, they feed me these horrible pills that just makes me want to die literally and how is that for you about abuse? Taking three pills a day.

    I am so fed up that cannabis is illegal in my state that I want to kill myself over it.

    Please for the sake of our lives, please, please, please legalize Cannabis for the better of our lives. Please, end marijuana prohibition.

    Thank you.

    ~Johnny from Indiana.

  26. Johnny, sue them. This is what Americans do when we have been scammed or even just insulted. Make them waste even more money, just make sure it is their money being wasted.

  27. @John K – I too have had suicidal thoughts in my past and have found that marijuana has helped to get me past it… In my opinion, this is one of the many medical uses for it! Never mind that it might not directly heal a wound or help with a bladder problem! It has medical uses and they are plenty. Some of the most important medical uses are in fact mental; not physical. Many war veterans, including myself, have found that it greatly helps with PTSD; probably more than anything that Big Pharma has yet to concoct in their labs… If only more of our elected officials would pay attention, open their minds, and do what’s right instead of being greedy and predjucided against us. Alas, things are changin’, just not nearly as fast as any of us would like.

    I’ve been using since the early 70’s and back then, I thought “Surely it will be legal by 1980”. Since then, millions have been busted and the drug war zealots continue their campaigns of terror, property confiscation, and incarceration. The drug war zealots, and that certainly includes all of the so-called Drug Czars, are more criminal than any of the people who have been incarcerated for minor marijuana crimes.

  28. End the ban on marijuana! My depression and anxiety has worsened since I quit smoking and the only reason I don’t smoke is because several of my friends got busted and it scared me. Since then my depression has been worse and I have so many anxiety attacks that it is affecting my life. I quit college, can’t keep a job, my boyfriend and I always fight and even my own mother looked at me and said she liked it better when I was smoking simply because I was calmer and I was happier.

  29. marijuana has been known to slow or even stop breast cancer and other diseases. legalizing it would be easier than having police waste their time arresting people for having it and smoking it. everyone would be more calm and chill if they smoked. no-one would feel like fighting and there would be less conflict.

  30. Hi I’m 21 years old I have suffered from migraine since the forth grade the tests show nothing and the meds are not effective the use of this herb is effective yet out of all the research it is more helpful than hurtful I feel that it’s not getting passed because they haven’t figured out how to tax it we have bigger problems to worry about instead of spending all our tune on a simple plant

  31. Angel rod is right it’s just simple taxation and regulation I live in Alabama and it sucks here it’s legal with prescription but no dispensaries. What a crock man. How did Amsterdam stop their crime legalize it and it dropped 47%. The Marlboro 420 idea would have been great but change the limit from one a month to one a week that way you have to wait 7 days to buy more and you smoke all 20 in two days tough you gotta wait

  32. Why is there a product like spice out. It did so much harm cause they made it stonger then the real stuff and let it be sold in head shops. They need to ban spice and let us get the real stuff leagle.

  33. In response to what Charles Queen wrote, this isn’t a bad thing. It’s a step. A huge step that will help push this movement forward. Progress can’t be made without this.

  34. Trent is right totally and I concur with the other posters. I cannot wait to move out of the southeast. My buddy is looking at a long vacation mandatory and its bogus for what? He did not hurt anyone. In fact he was more helpful to me than any medical or alternative doctor I have ever seen, now he has this stress over his family and I have lost my friend probably forever, who was one of the true genuine people I have met. I have other friends too but it is not the same feeling, now I feel like I hate it and I just want to get out here asap and go to a green state.

  35. For the past like 3-4 elections Ron Paul has ran & dropped out for president. Why can’t he be president now? I sure of it that he would of sayed Fuck you federal & DEA we’re legalizing this bitch.

  36. for one it dose not hurt people. my boyfriend use’s it because the docters dont do there jobs. with out him self medicating his self he would have to roll out of bed. it takes him a half hour to get out of bed with out have smoked win he get up out of bed.

  37. John Rambler, You are my hero. What you said in this thread of comments on March 14th about Cannabis and Schizophrenics is the gospel truth from my own experience. Please People have compassion on people who are sick when they claim cannabis helps them endure. I did 17 years on the “conventional” meds and all the side-effects you listed I suffered terribly. Cannabis is the very best relief and not the cause, at least for me I can speak because I was 55 years of age before I discovered that cannabis works far, far better and with No unwanted side-effects (except the social stigma and criminal risk which are very difficult to endure yet worth it compared to the torture of the disease itself). Oh the years of hell I could have avoided had people known and I tried that back in 2003 when I first began to unravel. Listen to one who has endured this. I am headed west. I have waited three years working hard as I could to try to get the laws changed here. Struggling to eliminate conventional treatments from my system (clean 1 1/2 years), and now dealing with damage left behind using in private in my own home, and paying more than the price of gold per ounce for it too. A PLANT I Could grow on my own for free, mind you. All the while being judged as a criminal at worst or morally weak at best. Making people feel bad and guilty for being sick is cruel by any measure. People suffering seek relief. That is human nature. For society, a health “care” system, and families who are suppose to love, trust & support a person suffering from a mental disorder (like schizophrenia or bi-polar) deny an avenue to that relief it is unimaginable heartache on top. Especially when it harms No one else, it is a real challenge to perceive it as anything other than complete Lack of Compassion on a Massive and even personal scale. If it were not for my radical faith, I would have never survived this far to tell you this. I walk a fine line between torment, faith and hope to deliver this message and thank John for his wonderful insight and beautiful loving compassionate heart.

  38. @Charles Queen >The big problem with this one is that it leaves it up to individual states and not nation wide which is the only way this can work.

    A good comparison on this issue is an examination of the end of alcohol prohibition. Congress can pass the Bill by a majority vote, but it’s then up to the States to decide. That’s how American prohibition politics work. http://bit.ly/14xzbH9

  39. While I CHOOSE not to smoke anymore, and I know and knew that tobacco use was not a good idea, I did it anyway.
    Further, I CHOOSE to consume alcohol. I enjoy a cold beer after working up a sweat in the yard or clearing trees from the land or a nice glass of wine with the right company.
    Along with my CHOICE not to smoke comes the CHOICE to not use cannabis or any other natural (coke) or synthetic (ecstasy / meth) recreational drugs.
    There has been lots of talk about the decriminalization of marijuana lately. My personal belief is that it should be completely legal in ANY quantity and potency… With the rider that the harder drugs (coke meth heroin x… etc) should be fully criminalized.
    NO three strike rule: busted? You’re gone for a decade, minimum. And you will do more time based on the quantity found in your possession.

    So, I say legalize now. I don’t smoke tobacco now, so why would I start smoking something else ?

  40. 8/7/2013 and the status has not changed…=\

    We the people need to come together and show our ‘leaders’ what we want, how many people want it, and that we won’t rest until a national vote happens!

    Life is too short for us to be prevented from a better quality of life.

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