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Pot Plans: Efforts Surge in Congress to Reform Marijuana Laws

By  Feb. 06, 2013
Marijuana is broken up for use by customers at Frankie Sports Bar and Grill in Olympia, Washington, Dec. 9, 2012.
NICK ADAMS / REUTERSMarijuana is broken up for use by customers at Frankie Sports Bar and Grill in Olympia, Washington, on Dec. 9, 2012

Driven by a groundswell of public opinion, Colorado and Washington State last November became the first states in the U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. That wave of support, it now seems clear, has echoed through the U.S. Congress, which on Tuesday formally questioned the federal government’s prohibitionist drug policy in the form of marijuana-reform bills.

Representatives Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, and Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, introduced two separate bills that would drastically change U.S. marijuana laws by addressing what they say are the human and fiscal costs associated with marijuana-related arrests.

It’s not the first time marijuana-reform bills have been introduced in Congress, but Tuesday’s measures are considered historic in scope and give further momentum to a marijuana-legalization movement that has surged recently from Colorado to Washington to Latin America. Continue reading

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