Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Heads to the House

Supporters of legalization and decriminalization of marijuana received a boost from Capitol Hill Tuesday, as Massachusetts Congressman, Barney Frank introduced a bill to the House of Representatives, which, if passed, would decriminalize marijuana on the federal level.

The bill, labeled H.R. 2493, the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2009, would remove federal penalties for personal possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana (roughly 3.5 ounces), and would reduce the penalty for smoking pot in public to a mere $100, echoing Massachusetts’s similar (though controversial) marijuana law, which passed last November.

“I think John Stuart Mill had it right in the 1850s,” said Congressman Frank, “when he argued that individuals should have the right to do what they want in private, so long as they don’t hurt anyone else. It’s a matter of personal liberty. Moreover, our courts are already stressed and our prisons are over-crowded. We don’t need to spend our scarce resources prosecuting people who are doing no harm to others.” [via: WBZ]

On top of explicitly (re-)granting citizens the right to marijuana possession, the bill would give states legal breathing room to draft less insane, life-crushing drug laws without having to contradict federal law in the process.

But don’t get your bongs out yet – Frank introduced a similar bill last year, which failed miserably. So if you want to help push this bill through congress, visit, here to sign their petition to congress. It’s called being active, people. Which, if you smoke enough pot, you probably know nothing about.



    1. tuna says:

      "It’s called being active, people. Which, if you smoke enough pot, you probably know nothing about."

      Actually studies have shown that among regular marijuana users tasks involving overall cognition, critical tracking, and/or divided attention are not effected

    2. Justin Herschel says:

      This is a great Bill, The U.S. needs to end its long time ban on Marijuana. To long the Alchol & Pharmaceudical Industry has Lobbied against the legalization of Marijuana, because they know that Marijuana is safer than Ciggaretes & Alchol. How many years are we going to allow people to die from Ciggarettes, and how many years are we going to continue to allow Alchol whic causes over 100,000 deaths a year from drunk driving, but Marijuana which has no record from overdose or any other deaths is Illegal, how long is the U.S. going to sleep when even 3 World Countries have adopted legal marijuana policies.

    3. Andrew - Hunter Coll says:

      @tuna – just a joke, dude, just a joke…

    4. scott says:

      that part about not being active if you smoke enough pot.. yes we all realize its a joke but its just continuing stereotypes to people who don't realize you can smoke bud and still be just as active.

    5. mike big bud says:

      It will be a great day when this crop is taxed and people can grow it for profit.I wonder if it will happen in our life time?I do not like to see the mexican mafia kill people because this herb is illegal, that is reality.I also do not like california losing billions from an estiimated 7 billion crop, can you see the day when the library hours increase? Cops hate this idea, but this is a free country and my biz,not bothering others or puttting them at risk should be legal.One can buy a cigerette but not a jiont, scam to ripp off the us citizen and sponsor terrism! bong hits away!

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