By: Su Phelps
Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District signed onto the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, H.R. 1841, legislation directing the Department of Justice to issue a final order that removes marijuana in any form from all schedules of controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Functions of the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration relating to marijuana enforcement shall be transferred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Titus was the first member of the Nevada Congressional Delegation to publicly call for the de-scheduling of marijuana.
“Nevada has shown that regulating marijuana like alcohol works. It is time the nation follows our state’s lead by removing cannabis from all schedules of the Controlled Substances Act and setting up a framework to guide businesses and consumers. The majority of Americans are sick of the federal government stoking fear and ignoring the dangers of the black market.”
Titus has urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to change its current policy to allow VA doctors to discuss and recommend marijuana as a treatment option in states where medical marijuana has been legalized.