Pingree adds name to bill to legalize marijuana

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Pingree adds name to bill to legalize marijuana

By Kevin Miller kmiller@mainetoday.com
Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, has signed on to a bill that would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol at the federal level.

Chellie Pingree

Pingree is one of 14 House members who added their names to a bill by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., that would drop marijuana from the federal government’s list of scheduled drugs.

Polis’ bill, H.R. 499, would remove the federal Drug Enforcement Agency from the equation when it comes to marijuana and instead would put the drug under the auspices of the Food and Drug Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In fact, it would rename the ATF the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives.

The odds of the bill getting anywhere in the Republican-controlled House appear slim to none.

However, two states — Colorado and Washington — voted to legalize pot last November, and a Maine lawmaker has sponsored a bill to do the same in the Pine Tree State. The Portland Green Independent Committee also is working on a petition to legalize marijuana in that city. Medical marijuana is already legal in Maine.

The odds of the bill getting anywhere in the Republican-controlled House appear slim to none. However, two states — Colorado and Washington — voted to legalize pot last November, and a Maine lawmaker has sponsored a

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