“To date, some 18 states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and 37 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, now allow the medical use of the drug.”
“The federal legislation would allow states to craft their own cannabis laws, just as states do with alcohol. It would end the confusion in some states that have legalized the product in various forms, but where consumers of marijuana could face potential civil and criminal penalties.
A new federal excise tax would also be created by the legislation similar to alcohol and tobacco.”
Personally, I don’t want to be around marijuana or around anyone who is in the act of using it. But if someone wants to do so in a state where it’s legal and does so in the privacy of his own home, I have no problem with it. I find it odd that for many years using pot was one of the worst things someone could do (remembering my own childhood and the anti-drug indoctrination I received) and now one state after another is decriminalizing it, with the federal government considering doing the same! What changed? I hope that if and when this legislation passes, the excise tax is used to give American citizens income tax relief.