The New Beginning: First-Ever Congressional Bill To Decriminalize Drug Possession

A first-ever bill to federally decriminalize possession of currently illicit drugs—and incentivize states to follow suit—is being introduced in Congress.

The measure, which will be filed later this week, is timed to coincide with the 50-year anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s declaration of a war on drugs that has contributed to mass incarceration, disproportionately impacted communities of color and created collateral consequences for countless Americans who have been criminalized for possessing certain psychoactive substances.

Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and Cori Bush (D-MO) are sponsoring the legislation, which aims to promote a public health- and evidence-based approach to substance misuse. The bill is titled the Drug Policy Reform Act (DPRA) and was drafted in partnership with the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).

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The proposal would end the threat of incarceration for people caught possessing drugs for personal use. Courts would still have the option of imposing a fine, but that could be waived if a person couldn’t afford it.

Almost half of the federal prison population is currently serving time over drug-related offenses—a much smaller percentage of which is for possession alone—and so the direct impact of the legislation’s decriminalization provision would be somewhat minimal on incarceration rates, especially when factoring in the size of state-level prison populations.

Psychedelic Stock Watch regularly presents the two-part argument in favor of the normalization of (some) psychedelic drugs:
 

  1. Psychedelic drugs are consistently demonstrating spectacular clinical results in treating an array of mental health disorders.
  2. The existing standard of care for these disorders ranges from mediocre to dismal.
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Couple this with the magnitude of need for these drug therapies. As many as 1 in 4 Americans already suffers from one or more stress-related mental health disorders – with these numbers soaring due to the enormous stresses caused by COVID-19 and the associated lockdowns.

The mainstream media has been banging the drum with increasing regularity on the potential of psychedelic drugs to revolutionize the treatment of many mental health disorders. Additional research is demonstrating enormous therapeutic potential for psychedelic drugs in other major treatment markets.

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Even the FDA has been signaling a more open attitude toward the medicinal use of these substances. It has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for several psychedelics-based clinical trials. It recently approved the use of MDMA (by trained therapists), to better prepare them to administer psychedelics-based therapies.

A huge opportunity to dramatically improve healthcare options for millions of Americans. A huge opportunity to build a new industry. A huge opportunity to invest in that industry.

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    Richard

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    June 17, 2021 @ 9:58 pm

    Wow more fake news!!! It’s not all drugs
    The bill has not been passed yet!!
    It’s only for marijuana,
    Please get your facts straight

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      admin

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      June 17, 2021 @ 11:11 pm

      Dear Richard,

      Thank you for commenting on our News Blog.

      We completely agree the Bill has not been passed however no-where in our News blog we mentioned the so-called bill has been passed rather it is been proposed.
      Also, the proposed bill proposes the elimination of multiple sections which are currently deemed “illegal” in the eye of the US law and not just for Marijuana.

      Since you have taken your precious time to reply(which we appreciate), we would also appreciate if you take some time to read the Drug Policy Reform Act – 2021
      https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/uploadedfiles/drug_policy_reform_act_of_2021.pdf

      Regards.

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    Richard

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    June 18, 2021 @ 12:28 am

    Wow
    You think I’m stupid. You changed your head line!!
    Much better, you should fact check before you post.
    And maybe you should read the drug act!
    R

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      admin

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      June 18, 2021 @ 1:15 am

      Dear Richard,

      Thanks for noticing the change in the title, we rectified it as it was a typo error however not the entire news blog. We are not ashamed of acknowledging errors.

      As far as facts are concern, maybe you should do some reading on the Act we mentioned earlier and we hope you’ll have enough brain power to process 67 pages of the bill.

      Have a nice day!

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