A Republican Presidential candidate and a Massachusetts Democrat introduced a bill on Thursday to end the Federal prohibition on marijuana.
Representatives Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) announced that their bill will allow each State to create a marijuana policy of its own, as well as legalize, regulate and tax the drug.
According to the nonprofit site ProCon.org, 16 States and Washington, D.C., have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana. However, because there is a current Federal law prohibiting the sale or tax of marijuana, some States have pointed to confusion regarding what they could or couldn’t do.
For example, The Associated Press reported that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would not implement a new State law allowing medical marijuana programs until he received assurances people in his State wouldn’t be prosecuted federally.
Morgan Fox, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, told CNN that he expects the bill “to be talked about quite a bit.”
“I think it will spark a strong debate in the media, and we hope to get some (House) floor time for it,” Fox added.
Currently, the Federal law concerning marijuana describes the drug as highly addictive with no acceptable medicinal value.