JOINT LEG­IS­LA­TION

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

He does well in straw polls. Now he may do well in grass polls, too. Sure to add an in­ter­est­ing di­men­sion to the White House derby: pres­i­den­tial hopeful Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Repub­li­can, joined Rep. Bar­ney Frank, Mas­sachusetts Demo­crat, on June 23 to in­tro­duce the first-ever leg­is­la­tion to “end the fed­eral war on mar­i­juana and [let] states le­gal­ize, reg­u­late, tax and con­trol mar­i­juana with­out fed­eral in­ter­fer­ence,” says a spokesman.

The co-spon­sors are all Democrats, in­clud­ing Reps. John Cony­ers Jr. of Michi­gan, Steve Co­hen of Ten­nessee, Jared Po­lis of Colorado and Bar­bara Lee of Cal­i­for­nia. The leg­is­la­tion would limit the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s role in mar­i­juana en­force­ment to cross-bor­der or in­ter­state smuggling.

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