Pingree: Legalize marijuana nationwide

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March 21

Pingree backs bill legalizing marijuana

By Kevin Miller kmiller@mainetoday.com
Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON – Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree has signed onto a bill that would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol at the federal level.

Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree has signed onto a bill that would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol at the federal level.

John Ewing/Staff Photographer

Pingree, a Democrat, is one of 14 House members to endorse a proposal by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., to drop marijuana from the federal government’s list of scheduled drugs.

Polis’ bill would remove the federal Drug Enforcement Agency from the equation when it comes to enforcing marijuana laws. It would instead 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 are slim to none. But 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 the state’s largest city. Medical marijuana is already legal in Maine.

Pingree’s position on the issue

Article source: http://www.onlinesentinel.com/politics/Pingree-Legalize-marijuana-nationwide.html

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