Text of the Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2012

This bill was introduced on November 27, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Nov 27, 2012 (Introduced).

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2d Session

H. R. 6606


November 27, 2012

(for herself, Mr. Coffman of Colorado, Mr. Paul, Mr. Frank of Massachusetts, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Farr, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Polis, Mr. Cohen, and Mr. Grijalva) 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


To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide that Federal law shall not preempt State law.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2012.


In general

Section 708 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 903) is amended—


by striking No provision and inserting (a) In general.—Except as provided in subsection (b), no provision; and


by adding at the end the following:


Special rule regarding State marihuana laws

In the case of any State law that pertains to marihuana, no provision of this title shall be construed as indicating an intent on the part of the Congress to occupy the field in which that provision operates, including criminal penalties, to the exclusion of State law on the same subject matter, nor shall any provision of this title be construed as preempting any such State law.