"Today Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced bills that would legalize and tax marijuana at the federal level. Polis' Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act (H.R. 1013) would remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Subsrances Act and assign regulatory authority to the Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Shipping cannabis into states where it is prohibited would remain illegal. Blumenauer's Marijuana Tax Revenue Act (H.R. 1014) would impose an excise tax on the first sale of marijuana (generally from a grower to a processor); the rate, initially 10 percent, would rise gradually to 25 percent. The tax would not apply to medical marijuana." Source: http://reason.com/blog/2015/02/20/congressman-introduce-bills-to-legalize Is this a step forward, or a step back? Legalization leads to taxation, 10-25%, and just gives our corrupt government more money to make more government, the one thing that we do not need. I think that de-criminalization is the way to go since the government would only want big business to be able to sell, and then add useless chemicals to further kill us off slowly.