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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

13-H1523 on Apr 12, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act
Source: H.R.1523
Congressional Summary:The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act: The provisions of [federal law] 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.

Proponent's argument for bill: (PolicyMic.com): While the bill does not attempt to legalize the drug in individual states, it would immunize individuals in states taking measures to reform marijuana laws from federal prosecution. Currently, 18 states allow patients with qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana with recommendations from their physicians. Support for the bill arises from not just moral, but practical and financial grounds: The marijuana industry costs U.S. taxpayers roughly $42 billion annually in enforcement costs and lost tax revenues.

Opponent's argument against bill: (USA Today 8/29/13 and the Drug Free America Foundation dfaf.org): The Justice Department will not attempt to challenge state laws that allow for the medical and recreational use of marijuana as long as the drug sales do not conflict with eight new federal enforcement priorities. "We are very disappointed that Eric Holder's not doing his job,'' said the executive director of the Drug Free America Foundation. "It is his job to enforce our nation's laws. He has created what will become a tsunami that will most likely result in far too many young people becoming victims of chemical slavery."

Peter Bensinger, former administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said Holder's action amounted to a violation of the law. "He's not just abandoning the law," Bensinger said, "he's breaking the law; he's putting the people of Washington and Colorado at risk. He's violating the treaty obligations of this country. He's telling the world we don't really follow the law here."


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Question 19: Marijuana is a gateway drug Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Drugs
  • Headline: Sponsored no federal enforcement against legal state marijuana (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: No federal enforcement against legal state marijuana (Score: -2)

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Democrats participating in 13-H1523

Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon DemocratApr 12, 2013
Steve Cohen s1oTennessee DemocratApr 12, 2013
Sam Farr s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 16, 2013
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona DemocratApr 24, 2013
Janice Hahn s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016)Apr 16, 2013
Alcee Hastings s1oFlorida DemocratMay 16, 2013
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 16, 2013
Jim McDermott s1oWashington DemocratJun 14, 2013
James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat (retiring 2014)Apr 16, 2013
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia DemocratApr 24, 2013
Mark Pocan s1oWisconsin DemocratApr 16, 2013
Jared Polis s1oColorado DemocratApr 12, 2013
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois DemocratApr 24, 2013
David Adam Smith s1oWashington DemocratApr 16, 2013
Peter Welch s1oVermont DemocratJun 4, 2013



Republicans participating in 13-H1523

Justin Amash s1oMichigan RepublicanApr 12, 2013
Dan Benishek s1oMichigan RepublicanApr 24, 2013
Dana Rohrabacher s2pCalifornia RepublicanApr 12, 2013
Don Young s1oAlaska RepublicanApr 12, 2013



Independents participating in 13-H1523



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 15
Republicans: 4
Independents: 0


















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