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Marijuana March 2018 in Sao Paulo

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Given the rise of states approving medical and recreational marijuana, government regulation of the plant seems to be a natural next step. A bill that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives could drastically change rules surrounding marijuana‘s controlled substances standing and have it be regulated similarly to alcohol.

Forbes reports:

The new bill filed in the House on Wednesday by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is titled the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. If passed, it would remove cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act.

“While the bill number may be a bit tongue in cheek, the issue is very serious. Our federal marijuana laws are outdated, out of touch and have negatively impacted countless lives,” Blumenauer said in a press release. “Congress cannot continue to be out of touch with a movement that a growing majority of Americans support. It’s time to end this senseless prohibition.”

The outlet points out the clever use of 420 in the congressional bill, which is a significant number in cannabis culture as most enthusiasts are well aware of.

The number has also been used in a legalization bill put forth in 2017 in New Hampshire and once before in California back in 2003.

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