About the bill
H.R. 499 would decriminalize
marijuana at the federal level, leaving it up to the states to decide whether
to allow marijuana for medicinal or recreational use.
Specifically, the bill would:
- Remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances;
- Transfer the Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to regulate marijuana to a newly renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms, which will be tasked with regulating marijuana as it currently does alcohol; and
- Require marijuana producers and sellers to purchase a permit, as commercial alcohol producers do, of which the proceeds would offset the cost of federal oversight.
States could choose to continue to prohibit marijuana production or use, and it would remain illegal to transport marijuana to a state where it is prohibited.
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Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Feb 5, 2013
Length: 18 pages
113th Congress (2013–2015)
This bill was introduced on February 5, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
18 Cosponsors (17 Democrats, 1 Republican)
What legislators are saying
“Former Prosecutor Rep. Swalwell Announces Support for Rational Federal Marijuana Policy”
— Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA14] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 5, 2013
Feb 5, 2013
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H.R. 499 (113th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 499. This is the one from the 113th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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