Bipartisan Bill Pushes for Pot Legalization

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 The unlikely duo of Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas are cosponsoring a bill to end the federal criminalization of marijuana, reports Reason.com.

A press release from the marijuana Policy Project describes it as "bi-partisan legislation … ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference.”

Morgan Fox, a representative of the Washington, D.C., group, told Reason that the bill has gained traction on the heels of the 40th anniversary of the start of the United States drug war, and should see real consideration in the House of Representatives.

"It's definitely going to get a serious debate, probably more in the media than on the floor of the House," said Fox. “Someone in the prohibitionist camp could hold it up as long as they wanted, but the slew of opinion pieces that came out last week calling for the end of the failed drug war will give this momentum.”

Frank and Paul are due to announce the bill on Thursday.


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