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Oregon Lawmakers Plan to Introduce Bills Reforming US Marijuana Laws

Two Oregon lawmakers plan to introduce an ambitious marijuana law reform package in Congress Thursday, proposing a raft changes that could wipe away thousands of pot-related criminal convictions and make life much easier for everyone involved in the legal weed business.

Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, both Democrats from a state that has legalized recreational marijuana, dubbed their joint proposal the “Path to Marijuana Reform,” and it reads like a wish list for drug policy geeks.

The catch, of course, is that Republicans control both houses of Congress, and social conservatives will almost certainly fight against the legislation. Recent polling shows 59 percent of all U.S. voters support marijuana legalization, but the majority of GOP constituents are still opposed.

There are three bills altogether. One deals specifically with tax issues related to the marijuana industry; another includes a variety of far-reaching reforms, such as easing restrictions on banking and medical research; and the third calls for descheduling marijuana, which would treat the drug like alcohol or tobacco under federal law, instead of like heroin.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s included in the bills. (The full text of all three is in a PDF at the end of this story.) [Read more at VICE]

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