I know the most recent action for this bill is as follows: "Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security." on Aug 25, 2011
94% of users on OpenCongress.org, a free, non-partisan resource, support H.R.2306.
I know that the organization National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws supports H.R.2306
I know that the organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums supports H.R.2306
I know that the organization Women's Marijuana Movement supports H.R.2306
I know that the organization StopTheDrugWar.org supports H.R.2306
"If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson "
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Dear Mr. Kinsland:
Thank you for sharing your views on legalizing marijuana.
While it is important to consider the potential medical benefits of marijuana, particularly for terminally ill patients whose quality of life may hinge on effective pain management, there are risks associated with making marijuana legally available. The widespread popularity and use of this drug among our nation's youth, as well as its role as a "pipeline" drug (potentially leading to the use of heroin and other lethal drugs) distinguishes it from other controlled substances, and we must be particularly careful before creating the potential for expanded access and use.
In the past I have cosponsored a bill that would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for simple possession, distribution, manufacturing, importation, and other drug-related offenses, and curb prosecutions of low-level drug offenders in federal court. I cosponsored this legislation because I believe we must restore integrity to the criminal justice system and find more constructive approaches to America's drug problem. There is no current legislation in the Senate that addresses the issue of marijuana legalization. If such a bill is introduced, I will keep your thoughts in mind.
Thank you again for being in touch with me.
United States Senator
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