Marijuana: It’s Time for a Conversation
A top bill on WashingtonWatch.com this week is H.R. 5843, which would “remove federal penalties for the personal use of marijuana by responsible adults.” It’s gotten hundreds of comments over the last few months.
The terms of the bill are simple:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no penalty may be imposed under an Act of Congress for the possession of marijuana for personal use, or for the not-for-profit transfer between adults of marijuana for personal use.
Possessing 100 grams or less of marijuana is presumed to be for personal use, as is not-for-profit transfer of one ounce or less. Public use of marijuana could be penalized up to $100.
Yesterday, I came across a very interesting Web site, with a very interesting video about marijuana criminalization. It’s called MarijuanaConversation.org.
Why is the video so interesting? Because it’s hosted by Rick Steves! Yes, that Rick Steves! The quirky travel documentary guy from PBS!
It’s worth having a conversation about marijuana criminalization. We spend a lot of money on law enforcement and a lot of money imprisoning people for possession crimes. We also give up a lot of liberties – law-abiding citizens do – because of the difficulty law enforcement has enforcing drug crimes.
That’s not the only consideration, of course. Drugs do a lot of harm, and this video does not present the pro-criminalization side. So let’s have that conversation – especially if you disagree with the video and disagree with the vote on H.R. 5843.
You can start by voting, commenting, learning more, or editing the wiki article on H.R. 5843.