On today’s edition of, “Why isn’t anyone talking about this?!” there is not a bill in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition, thanks to Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
“We are seeking to address our outdated and widely problematic marijuana laws by federal decriminalizing marijuana,” Gabbard said.
When introducing H.R.1227 – Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, Gabbard took the time to call out the current criminal justice system in the U.S., which exploits low income minorities and fills prisons with nonviolent offenders, all for the use of a plant.
“Our current laws are turning everyday Americans into criminals, sending them to jail, ruining their lives, tearing apart families, wasting huge amounts of taxpayer dollars to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate people for marijuana use,” Gabbard said. “A drug that has been proven time and time again to be less dangerous than alcohol.”
This proposed legislation is key right now, because the Trump Administration includes people like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, both of whom have called for the federal government to do more to interfere with state marijuana laws.
Do they not realize that they live in a country where over half of the states recognize the medicinal value of marijuana?
“We need to take into account the growing body of evidence that suggests medicinal benefits of marijuana, including preventing epileptic seizures, reducing anxiety, and even preventing the growth of cancers cells,” Gabbard said.
This bill won’t solve all of the problems related to drugs in the United States, but to actually decriminalize cannabis on the federal level would be a step in the right direction in terms of finally ending the hypocritical mess that is the “War on Drugs.”