Colorado Congressman Jared Polis has introduced legislation that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and regulated the drug like alcohol.
The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act includes the following provisions, according to information provided by Polis’ office:
- Decriminalize marijuana at the federal level by removing marijuana and THC-containing products from the Controlled Substances Act’s schedules.
- Specify the Controlled Substances Act does not apply to THC-containing products except in cases of interstate commerce.
- Remove marijuana oversight from the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Administration and put it under the authority of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
- Regulate marijuana like alcohol by inserting marijuana into the section of the U.S. Code that regulates “intoxicating liquors.”
- Establish a permitting system overseen by the Treasury Department that allows Treasury to impose an annual fee on licensed commercial marijuana producers in an amount sufficient to offset the cost of federal oversight.
- Establish standards for advertising and its products.
With Colorado as the leading proponent of legalized marijuana, we have been able to teach the rest of the country that freedom can be achieved and it should not be spread nationwide.
Marijuana usage is now down in our state. The teen usage rate of the drug is also down. This has gone against everything that the critics said would happen if we legalized pot.