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              FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2012 file photo, Jake Dimmock, co-owner of the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, works with flowering plants in a grow room in Seattle. Congressional lawmakers from both parties are working to change U.S. marijuana laws, including altering tax codes to let marijuana dispensaries deduct business expenses on federal taxes, and changing banking laws to make it easier for marijuana-related businesses to get bank accounts. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Congressmen seek to legalize pot at federal level

Greg Campbell

A Public Policy Poll from late last year showed 58 percent of Americans favored legalizing marijuana.

Marijuana advocates praised the congressmen.

“It’s clear that we’ve reached a tipping point against the failed war on drugs,” said Bill Piper, the director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “Major changes in federal law are going to happen, and I think it’s obvious that that change is happening now.”

Blumenauer said there may be as many as 10 bills concerning marijuana and drug enforcement issues introduced in this Congress. He said there were about 20 lawmakers from both parties working on changing marijuana laws.

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