HR 420 and the Push to Treat Pot Like Alcohol

Another marijuana legalization measure has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by one of the most pro-cannabis congressmen in Washington, D.C. It’s known as House Resolution 420 (duh) and it would remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act and regulate the substance much in the same way that we currently regulate alcohol. That includes placing regulation of cannabis under the purview of the “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives” rather than the DEA.

“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 Our federal marijuana laws are outdated, out of touch and have negatively impacted countless lives,” the bill’s sponsor Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said. “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.”

Oh, but it can. A previous push by former Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) to regulate cannabis like booze also went nowhere. 

Like Polis, Blumenauer has been a champion of marijuana reform efforts throughout his career. His state was one of the first to legalize recreational cannabis and he is one of the co-founders of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

You can track the progress of HR 420 here