Pelosi discusses marijuana legalization, HR 499 sent to DHS
WEST HOLLYWOOD — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke candidly about marijuana legalization on the state and federal level this month in an interview with the Denver Post, though R 499 has been referred to the Department of Homeland Security.
When asked her opinion on federal policy and states’ rights regarding marijuana legalization, the California Democratic Representative gave her support of state laws regarding marijuana and encouraged a tax and regulate position:
“Q: What are the measures in Washington (DC) that might address states that have taken steps to legalize marijuana and what is your view of the federal role?
Pelosi: I support the leadership of Jared Polis, who has been a leader on this issue as well as other members..I understand some of the Republican members support the law now that is passed, even if they didn’t before.
But in any case, to answer your question, what is my position regarding the states that have medical marijuana or recreational marijuana as the law of their states: I think that has to be respected. I think tax and regulate.
In order to do that, there has to be a level of respect for the fact, that if you are going to have recreational marijuana, someone is in business to do that and they have to have tax treatment in order for them to function as a business.
How the state of Colorado interacts with the federal government on the taxation issues is something they have to work out, but I think they should.”
Click here to urge your elected officials to support the legalization of marijuana in your state by supporting legislation, HR 499: The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, and putting an end to the war on marijuana consumers, sellers and distributors.
Since HR 499 was introduced to Congress, the legislation has been referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations …because for some apparently, marijuana legalization is not a matter of free-market capitalism and federal trade, but a matter for the Department of Homeland Security instead.