For the first time in recent history, a bipartisan federal marijuana descheduling bill known as Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act (HR 1227) is currently pending in the House of Representatives.

HR 1227 would immediately eliminate federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing marijuana. This legislation further gives states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference by removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.

Thirty states, Washington, DC and the US territories of Guam and Puerto Rico have enacted legislation specific to the physician-authorized use of cannabis, while an estimated 63 million Americans in nine states now reside in jurisdictions where anyone over the age of 21 may possess cannabis legally. Voters overwhelmingly support these policy changes. According to a 2018 CAP poll, 68 percent of Americans support full marijuana legalization, including outright majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

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