A bipartisan team of Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Ron Paul, R-Texas, will introduce federal legislation that would permit states to legalize, regulate, tax and control marijuana without federal interference.

The legislation will be unveiled Thursday by Frank, an outspoken liberal Democrat, and the libertarian Paul, who is running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

The bill would limit the U.S. government role in marijuana enforcement to interdiction of cross-border or inter-state smuggling. Citizens would be able to legally grow, use or sell cannabis in states which have legalized the forbidden weed.

The legislation is the first bill to be introduced in Congress that would end federal marijuana prohibition…

The legislation follows a report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, released early this month, that pronounced the War on Drugs a failure and advocated legal regulation of marijuana.

A breath of fresh air in Congress. Maybe a little smoke, too.

  1. Chris Mac says:


    the only thing we are missing out on is the socialist tax revenue

  2. Mr. Fusion says:


    the only thing we will be missing out on is the fascist gulag population.

  3. Jess Hurchist says:

    #31 microMike “it is the ONLY medicine with no side effects.”
    I think the side effects are why it is so popular.

  4. tcc3 says:

    #36 Mr Fusion

    You can grow vegetables in your backyard too, but there’s still demand at the supermarket produce stand. And Farmers Markets.

    Some people have black thumbs. More people are lazy. Some cant roll – would like the convenience of prepackaging.

    Never underestimate the industry advantage from the laziness of the general public.

  5. t0llyb0ng says:

    My little county in southeast Kansas could grow fabulous hemp. But we’re collectively too dumb to grow hemp & so we are poor—& we deserve to be.

  6. kerpow says:

    #11 What consequences are you talking about?

  7. Uncle Patso says:

    #31 microMike: “it is the ONLY medicine with no side effects.”

    Back in the ’70s, a friend of mine who never allowed tobacco smoking in his place happened upon one of those free chest X-ray vans and went in. They found a spot on one of his lungs. Did I mention he never smoked tobacco?

  8. Uncle Patso says:

    Uh, what were we just talking about?

  9. Mr. Fusion says:


    I understand your comparison, BUT,…

    I used to grow pot in my window back when I was in college. Whenever company came to visit I would just pluck a few leaves, dry them in the oven, and enjoy. Not a super buzz but enjoyable because of the freshness and always available. (ah ya, good times)

    Those who want a nice buzz occasionally will not be paying high prices for commercially grown and TAXED product. The medicinal crowd probably would unless their favorite nephew grows his own.

  10. So what says:

    #40 alfie how progressive of you.

  11. Anonymous says:

    FRY ANYONE WHO GETS HIGH and then gets behind the wheel or behind handlebars. Otherwise, tax the hell out of it and definitely LEGALIZE IT! Same goes for PROSTITUTION too, like they already do in Nevada!!! That way the government can at least CONTROL it. Right? I mean, do you REALLY think ANYONE is controlling it NOW?! Just ask the poor SOB’s in Phoenix how well this war on drugs is going.

    Maybe we should even think about legalizing EVERYTHING! After all, isn’t one of our American “rights” that to pursue HAPPINESS?!

    (Want to bring this thought experiment out any further? Then let’s all be like Amsterdam! After all, everyone knows how much “better” it is in Europe. Right? …NOT!)