Cannabis Nation: Marijuana in America

United States Reps. Jared Polis, a democrat from Colorado, and Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, together have ignited a spark in their efforts to focus the national spotlight on cannabis reform. Both congressmen aspire to loosen the federal government’s legal grip on the plant and to impose a federal tax on the substance.

Polis’ legislation, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, would retract the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s control over cannabis, putting power in the states’ hands on whether or not to allow cannabis consumption for medical or recreational uses. Blumenauer’s legislation, the Marijuana Tax Equity Act, would create a federal excise tax on cannabis.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia already permit the use of medical marijuana. In addition, Colorado and Washington state voters recently approved recreational use of cannabis.

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