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19-HR420 on Jan 9, 2019

Decided Feb 7, 2019
Resolution: Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act
Source: H.R.420/S.420
Summary of '420' Marijuana Bill by Forbes Magazine, 2/8/2019: S.420 would deschedule marijuana by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), establish a federal excise tax on legal sales and create a system of permits for businesses to engage in cannabis commerce. Marijuana enthusiasts, of course, celebrate their favorite plant on April 20, also known as 4/20. "S. 420 may get some laughs, but what matters most is that it will get people talking about the serious need to end failed prohibition," Wyden said in an emailed statement.

Opposing argument from the Heritage Foundation, 2/1/2019:Those pushing for legalization of marijuana constantly push the notion that it is no different than alcohol. But extensive medical studies and the experience of nearly every human culture shows that isn't true--legalizing marijuana is a dangerous idea.

  • Marijuana trafficking is linked to crimes ranging from assault and murder to money laundering and smuggling. A study of marijuana legalization in Colorado shows big increases in marijuana-related traffic deaths, hospital visits, and school suspensions.
  • Marijuana is the starter drug for most criminals. Contrast that with the millions of Americans who consume moderate amounts of alcohol without ever "moving on" to heroin, cocaine, and other dangerous drugs.
  • Equating marijuana use with alcohol consumption is uninformed and misleading. They differ in every way that counts: addictiveness, toxicity, health effects, and the risk of intoxication. All that legalization does is increase demand for the drug.

Legislative outcome Referred to Committee (no action as of 1/1/2020)

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Question 19: Marijuana is a gateway drug Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Drugs
  • Headline: 420 Bill: replace prohibition with legalized/taxed marijuana (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill for legalized/taxed marijuana (Score: -2)
  • Headline 3: blank

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Democrats participating in 19-HR420

Earl Blumenauer s2pOregon Democrat 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1oNew York DemocratJun 5, 2019
Jared Huffman s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 12, 2019
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 3, 2019
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 3, 2019
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia DemocratApr 3, 2019
Ron Wyden s2pOR Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 7, 2019

Republicans participating in 19-HR420

Independents participating in 19-HR420

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 7
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0

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