Barney Frank

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Barney Frank

Barney Frank born March 31, 1940) is an American politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007–2011) and was a leading co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd–Frank Act, a sweeping reform of the U.S. financial industry. Frank, a resident of Newton, Massachusetts, is considered the most prominent gay politician in the United States.


According to, Frank "made every possible effort to legalize marijuana" during his tenure.[1]

  • In 2001, Frank delivered the keynote address at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Conference.[1]
  • In 2007, after his partner James Ready was arrested for growing marijuana on their property in Maine, Frank said: "I don't think it is the government's business to tell you how to spend your leisure time.. I do not smoke marijuana. I don't know what the plants look like. I couldn't identify most plants."[1]
  • In 2008, Frank told Bill Maher, "The notion that you lock people up for smoking marijuana is pretty silly."[1]
  • In 2008 and 2009, Frank introduced the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Acts, which would have decriminalized the possession of 100 grams of marijuana. However, the bills were never put up for a vote.[1]
  • In 2011, Frank and Ron Paul co-sponsored H.R. 2306, which would have removed marijuana and THC from the Controlled Substances Act, essentially legalizing cannabis.[1][2][3]
  • In 2012, he told CNN's Erin Burnett, "I did have a brownie once. It made me sleepy."[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Barney Frank, Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  2. Marijuana bill officially introduced to Congress by Ron Paul, Barney Frank by Tony Pierce (June 23, 2011), Los Angeles Times
  3. Ron Paul, Barney Frank team up to legalize marijuana by Catalina Camia (June 23, 2011), USA Today