By Aliyah Shahid.
A liberal Massachusetts Democrat and a libertarian from Texas are unlikely allies in a stoner-friendly cause: legalizing marijuana.
Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Tex.) will introduce legislation Thursday that would allow states to make their own rules concerning the drug.
The feds would still be able to bust cross-border and inter-state smuggling, but the bill, if passed, also would permit people to grow and sell marijuana in states that approved the measure.
It’s the first bill ever to be introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition.
“The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, allowing people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal,” the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said in a statement.
More than a dozen states allow the sale of medical pot, but the practice is illegal under federal law, which has led to conflicts between local and federal authorities.
Paul, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, has been a long proponent of legalizing drugs as part of his libertarian stance of limited government.
While chances of the bill’s passage are slim, that isn’t necessarily the point….
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