Bill to regulate marijuana like alcohol heads to Congress

17th January, 2019 by Amy Hopkins

A US politician has introduced a bill that would see marijuana made legal at a federal level and regulated in the same way as alcohol.

Could 2019 be the year marijuana consumption becomes legal across the US?

Currently, recreational cannabis consumption is legal in 10 US states, while a number of others are considering the move.

Oregon congressman Earl Blumenauer, who is also founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, wants to see marijuana removed from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and regulated nationally by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

He introduced the H.R. 420, the Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Act in Congress last week. The number ‘420’ is slang for consumption of cannabis.

“While the bill number may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, the issue is very serious,” said Blumenauer. “Our federal marijuana laws are outdated, out of touch and have negatively impacted countless lives.

“Congress cannot continue to be out of touch with a movement that a growing majority of Americans support. It’s time to end this senseless prohibition.”

Last year, Canada became the world’s second country to legalise recreational cannabis sales nationally, after Uruguay. Luxembourg is expected to become the third country to do so. South Africa recently legalised recreational cannabis use, but selling the drug remains a criminal offence.

US trade body the Distilled Spirits Council has created a set of ‘marijuana policy principles’ that state marijuana should be taxed and regulated in the same way as alcohol.

A number of drinks firms have moved into the cannabis market. Chief among them is Constellation Brands, which has acquired a multi-billion-dollar stake in Canada’s Canopy Growth Corporation and announced its intention to develop cannabis-based beverages.

The group said it would not launch such products in the US until recreational consumption was made federally legal.

One Response to “Bill to regulate marijuana like alcohol heads to Congress”

  1. Timothy Bales says:

    Hemp / Marijuana has been a food source for nearly all animals for thousands of years if we were not eating it directly ourselves , we were certainly eating other animals that had eaten marijuana
    The nonsense of outlawing a herb is nothing short of a criminal act by our government which has caused nearly each and every creature to have a nutritional and chemical imbalance including humans We the people of the United States should not be begging for legalization , rather we along with the entire world should be filing a class action law suit with over 7 billion plaintiffs against The United States’ complete lack of justice department !

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