Dear Mr. Minardi,
Thank you for contacting me regarding marijuana usage. I understand this is an important issue to you and I appreciate hearing your thoughts. Up front, let me say we disagree.
The use of illegal drugs has a profound impact on many people in our country, especially children. Drugs contribute to violent crime and enrich international crime organizations. More than that, they destroy lives and undermine our society. The federal government must ensure that illegal drugs remain unavailable and our most vulnerable citizens remain safe from the known dangers of drugs.
H.R. 2306 the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011”, was introduced by Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts. This legislation seeks to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule I controlled substances. H.R. 2306 has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. There is no companion legislation for H.R. 2306 in the Senate. I cannot support this legislation should it come before the Senate for a vote.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve you as your United States Senator. I appreciate you offering your opinion on this issue. If I can ever be of any assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Marco Rubio United States Senator