Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) Co-sponsors Congressional Bill to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has joined the effort to pass a bill that would allow states to set marijuana policies without federal interference. The law would end marijuana prohibition and start regulating marijuana like alcohol at the federal level.
According to the Marijuana Police Project, the 'Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013' would remove marijuana from Schedule I of the 'Controlled Substances Act' and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated similarly to alcohol at the federal level.
It would also remove marijuana from the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and place it in the jurisdiction of a renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms, and Explosives.
There are currently 14 co-sponsors of the bill.
A bill to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol has already been introduced in Maine this year and also in Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. In November, voters in Colorado and Washington State approved measures making marijuana legal for adults 21 and older.
Should marijuana be treated just like alcohol?