NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.) and Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas) introduced a bill in Congress on Thursday that would lift the federal prohibition on marijuana.
The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 would remove "marihuana" and "tetrahydrocannabinols" -- the main chemical substance that induces the effects of pot -- from the U.S. list of controlled substances.
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The bill prohibits shipping or transportation of marijuana across state and U.S. international borders.
"I do not advocate urging people to smoke marijuana," Frank said. "Neither do I urge them to drink alcoholic beverages or smoke tobacco. But in none of these cases do I think prohibition enforced by criminal sanctions is good public policy."
It also says that the act should not be construed to affect federal drug-testing policies. Instead, it says those policies should be reviewed on an agency-by-agency basis no later than 30 days after enactment.
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