Effort building to change US pot laws

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Submitted: Mon, 02/04/2013 - 9:48pm
Updated: Tue, 02/05/2013 - 2:04am

SEATTLE (AP) – From legalizing the industrial production of hemp to establishing a federal tax, an effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws.

Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon tells The Associated Press that lawmakers from both parties have been quietly working on several bills, and he and Colorado Democrat Jared Polis plan to introduce the first two on Tuesday. Polis’ measure would let states legalize pot and require growers to obtain a federal permit, while Blumenauer’s would create a federal marijuana excise tax.

Blumenauer says the recent votes in Colorado and Washington state to legalize recreational marijuana show it’s past time for Congress to end the 75-year federal pot prohibition.

Other measures being discussed include letting marijuana dispensaries obtain bank accounts and deduct business expenses on federal taxes.

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  • Guest272727272 says:

    No more pillheads that can’t be still, no hangovers from last nites drinking…just a bunch of grinning people, slow pokin’ down the highway. all because, pot is legalized everything else will go away , huh……one things for sure, more stoned comments like that. Anything that disrupts the normal thought process leaves you making unclear poorly thought out decisions.

  • Guestgrits says:

    One thing’s for sure..If pot ever gets legalized..the world would be a smiling, fat happy place. No more pillheads that can’t be still, no hangovers from last nites drinking…just a bunch of grinning people, slow pokin’ down the highway. Downside would be a shortage of M’ckky D’s fries…Seriously, alcohol is legal with laws accordingly. All lawmakers really care about is the ‘almighty dollar’ anyway.

  • Vog46 says:

    That the ONLY reason for this is tax revenues don’t you?
    Permit for growing? probably a Federal revenue stream and will require more Agriculture inspectors to make sure its grown the right way.
    A sales tax – State revenue (possibly national or both)
    Fee’s for selling (state revenue)

    Then we have the gun laws.
    Alcohol disperses in the body fairly quickly meaning a person with a CCP can have a drink on Saturday and on Monday have no trace of alcohol in his system while carrying.
    But if he smoked pot on Saturday there are traces in his system monday and he could lose his CCP if tested.

    But that’s OK – the majority of folks would rather change the law in order to keep themselves qualified as “law abiding citizens” than have to comply with a real law.


  • Guest Reply says:

    All in favor say “I”…now…how many non-smokers (of cigarettes) said “I”?
    If pot is approved/legalized to be taxed…it was Ok to start with…Ya Think?

  • Vog46 says:

    But it raises a question.
    With NC being a agricultural state Pot could become the next big thing.
    Fees for growing
    Fees for processing
    Fees for sellers
    sales taxes for selling

    Budget problems solved…

  • Guest Reply says:

    There will probably be a law passed where the pot smoker can’t carry a concealed Bong without a license…then it would be even :-)

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