End Federal Prohibition of Marijuana

     Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Despite evidence that marijuana has medical utility and can be used safely, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has maintained this classification. As a result, billions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted on tracking down and incarcerating millions of individuals who use marijuana, including those that depend on it for medical treatment. There is no evidence that this inhumane practice provides any benefit to our country. When I represent Nevada in Washington D.C., I will support House Resolution 1227 – Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, introduced by Representative Thomas Garrett (R-VA). This will remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances. The individual states will then have the freedom to regulate the possession, sale, transportation, and distribution of marijuana as they see fit.