Congress: House Members Re-Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Prevent Federal Prosecutions Of State-Compliant Marijuana Activities

Congress: House Members Re-Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Prevent Federal Prosecutions Of State-Compliant Marijuana Activities

Washington, DC: California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, along with five other Republicans and six Democrats, has reintroduced legislation to prevent the federal government from criminally prosecuting individuals and/or businesses who engage in state-sanctioned activities specific to marijuana.

HR 1094 states, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provisions of this subchapter related to marihuana shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with State laws relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of marihuana."

Representative Rohrabacher sponsored a budgetary amendment last year to limit federal interference in states with marijuana regulation schemes. However, a spokesperson at the Department of Justice recently claimed that the law does not prevent the government sanctioning individuals or businesses in states where marijuana is legal.

"The American people … have made it clear that federal enforcers should stay out of their personal lives," Rohrabacher said in a statement upon the bill’s reintroduction. "It’s time for restraint of the federal government’s over-aggressive weed warriors."

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500.