Earlier this week, Democrat Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Texas-republican Ron Paul introduced a bill that would remove marijuana from the list of federal controlled substances and cede to the states enforcement of laws governing pot.

The legislation would eliminate marijuana-specific penalties under federal law, but would maintain a ban on transporting marijuana across state lines. It would allow individuals to grow and sell marijuana in states that make it legal.

Although the bill won’t pass the republican-controlled House of Representatives, it did spark a new debate about the issue of marijuana legislation and whether it is indeed time to legalize it.

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The Republican (Springfield), June 25, 2011