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Text of the Act to Remove Federal Penalties for the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults

This bill was introduced on April 17, 2008, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 17, 2008 (Introduced).

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110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5843

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 17, 2008

(for himself and Mr. Paul) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To eliminate most Federal penalties for possession of marijuana for personal use, and for other purposes.

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the Act to Remove Federal Penalties for the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults.

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Elimination of certain marijuana-related penalties

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no penalty may be imposed under an Act of Congress for the possession of marijuana for personal use, or for the not-for-profit transfer between adults of marijuana for personal use. For the purposes of this section, possession of 100 grams or less of marijuana shall be presumed to be for personal use, as shall the not-for-profit transfer of one ounce or less of marijuana, except that the civil penalty provided in section 405 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 844a) may be imposed for the public use of marijuana if the amount of the penalty does not exceed $100.