Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act
Introduced on 2-20-15 by Jared Polis [D-CO-2] and referred to the Committess on Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Natural Resources, and Agriculture. Cosponsored by Earl Blumenauer [D-OR-3], Mark Pocan [D-WI-2], Eric Swalwell [D-CA-15], Eleanor Norton [D-DC-At Large], Steve Cohen [D-TN-9], Alan Lowenthal [D-CA-47], Michael Capuano [D-MA-7], Michael Honda [D-CA-17], Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA-48], Chellie Pingree [D-ME-1], Barbara Lee [D-CA-13], Jared Huffman [D-CA-2], Ruben Galego [D-AZ-7], Janice Schakowsky [D-IL-9], Ed Perlmutter [D-CO-7], Donald Beyer [D-VA-8], Ted Lieu [D-CA-33], and Jerrold Nadler [D-NY-10].
Purpose: To decriminalize marijuana at the Federal level, to leave to the States a power to regulate marijuana that is similar to the power they have to regulate alcohol, and for other purposes.
Directs the Attorney General to issue a final order that removes marijuana in any form from all schedules of controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act, revise the definition of “felony drug offense” to exclude conduct relating to marijuana; and eliminate marijuana from provisions setting forth penalties applicable to prohibited conduct under such Act.
Prohibits shipping or transporting marijuana from any place outside a jurisdiction of the United States into such a jurisdiction in which its possession, use, or sale is prohibited.
Eliminates marijuana as: (1) a controlled substance in the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act or the National Forest System Drug Control Act of 1986, (2) a dangerous drug for purposes of federal criminal code provisions authorizing interception of communications, and (3) a targeted drug for purposes of provisions of the national youth anti-drug media campaign under the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998.
Allows for the issuance of permits for producing, importing, shipping or selling marijuana and fines for engaging in such conduct without a permit,
Subjects marijuana to the provisions that apply to: (1) intoxicating liquors under the Original Packages Act, the Webb-Kenyon Act, and the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000; and (2) distilled spirits under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.
Grants the Food and Drug Administration the same authorities with respect to marijuana as it has for alcohol. Transfers functions of the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration relating to marijuana enforcement to the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Renames: (1) ATF as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives; and (2) the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana Tax and Trade Bureau.
Directs the Comptroller General to review federal laws, regulations, and policies to determine if changes are desirable in light of this Act.