Rep. Horsford behind push to end marijuana prohibition

LAS VEGAS -- As cities and counties across Nevada try to hammer out regulations for medical marijuana, it is still considered illegal by the federal government.

Millions of dollars could be wasted and hundreds of otherwise law-abiding people could be busted, if the feds decided to step in.

One congressman from Nevada wants to decriminalize pot across the board. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., says it does not make sense for the federal government to continue fighting a losing war against marijuana.

There are about 20 states including Nevada with approved medical marijuana laws and two states have completely legalized it.

Horsford is co-sponsoring the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. It would remove the Drug Enforcement Agency's authority over marijuana and allow states to decide if they want to allow marijuana for medicinal or recreational use.

Horsford told 8 News NOW the country is wasting money imprisoning people for non-violent crimes revolving around marijuana use.

"By changing those laws it will actually free up resources for us to put in to things like the Veteran Administration and education which are under resourced and need to be funded properly," Horsford said.

The bill would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and put pot in the control of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.

Horsford says the bill allows states and local authorities to regulate marijuana as they wish.


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