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S. 1764 Carers Act of 2017 (2017-18)
"We should not be using federal law enforcement resources to lock people up for the use of marijuana. In fact, no one should be jailed for marijuana use." (1/5/18)
"This is a big mistake," Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told HuffPost. "In those states where the people in the states have made a determination to decriminalize or legalize marijuana ... the federal government would better spend its resources going after real problems we've got."
Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, backs the efforts to decriminalize the drug in his state. "I support the action taken in the state legislature," Van Hollen said at a press breakfast on Tuesday. "It's wrong to have so many people behind bars for the use of marijuana. You already have, as Eric Holder has pointed out repeatedly, too many nonviolent offenders in prison in this country."
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