Last week, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA] introduced HR 1523, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013. In summary, this sensible piece of legislation would modify the federal Controlled Substances Act so that:

  • any individual acting in compliance with state marijuana laws would be immune from federal prosecution; and
  • any marijuana business, medical and non-medical, operating in compliance with state law would be immune from federal prosecution.

Read the full text of the bill here.


HR 1523 is the clear next step in protecting residents of states that have chosen to depart from the federal government’s strict prohibition of marijuana use and sales. Please use the form below to send an email to your representative, asking them to support sensible policy by co-sponsoring this bill and helping it to move forward.

Feel free to use the sample letter we have provided, but also feel free to customize it; personalized emails tend to have a greater effect.


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