[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

"Peace Expert" George W Bush Says ‘Isolationism’ Is Dangerous To Peace

The Impeachment Needle May Soon Move

Tulsi Gabbard blasts Hillary, aka 'the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption'

State Department Concludes Clinton Email Review, Says It Found Nearly 600 Security Violations

Reuters: Hunter Biden never worked in Ukraine [or went there] in five years on Burisma’s board

New Law Requires You To Listen To Greta Thunberg Lecture Before Purchasing Gasoline

Pope Announces Any Time Spent Watching 'The View' Counts As Time Served In Purgatory

Jason Chaffetz: Pelosi and impeachment – There have already been 3 votes. Here's why there may not be a fourth

A nasty new telephone scam is sweeping across America

Schiff made it all up: There are NO WHISTLEBLOWERS!

95% of tested baby foods in the US contain toxic metals, report says

‘Push him off’: Insane Video Shows Cops Push Teen Off a Roof, Taser Him on the Ground

NO JAIL for Cop Who Killed Elderly Librarian on Video During a Police Demo

Gunman Wearing Body Armor Arrested Outside Trump Dallas Rally….

Pronouns Gone Wild: Obsession Moves From Campus To Politics

Paper beer bottles & wooden cutlery: Do eco-moralists care more about the environment, or turning people’s lives upside down?

If your country’s neighbors attacked your country, how screwed is your country?

It took me 96 hours to ride an Amtrak train from coast to coast... I'd do it again in a heartbeat

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings dies; longtime Baltimore advocate was key figure in Trump impeachment inquiry

Elijah Cummings dead at 68.

REVEALED: Kurdish ‘PKK’ Terrorists Were Rebranded by Obama Officials to Dupe the U.S. Public

Ohio’s ‘Tobacco 21’ law takes effect on Thursday

Terrorized, Traumatized and Killed: The Police State’s Deadly Toll on America’s Children

Cops Arrest 12-Year-Old For Pointing 'Finger Gun' At Classmates

CNN President Zucker Has Vendetta Against Trump, is Pushing Impeachment

GQ Magazine Says “New Masculinity” is Men Wearing Earrings, Giant Sleeping Bag Dresses and Crying

Illinois red-light cameras have collected more than $1B from drivers since 2008

Police Force Horrifying Sexual Assault Exam on 5yo Girl After She Fell Off a Trampoline

The DeadWire

Biden: First thing we gotta do is go after people clipping coupons in the stock market

AG Barr Full Notre Dame Speech

Democrats Attack Elizabeth Warren 16 Times in Democrat Debate

Turkey holding 50 US nuclear bombs 'hostage' at air base, report says

Mary Poppins Movie Review (another disturbing Hollywood-remake targets children)

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Dismisses and Mocks Bible Account of Creation From Genesis-to-Revelation; (Laughs at Believers in Literal Bible as "Un-enlightened")

ABC News ‘slaughter in Syria’ footage appears to come from a Kentucky gun range

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

Latest list of those allegedly targeted for illegal monitoring by ousted Obama holdover Amb to Ukraine

Fort Worth police officer fatally shoots woman in her home while checking on an open front door

Cop Stands Up to Bully Officers for Harassing Him, Gets Beaten, Arrested and Fired

Siblings Outraged by Their Brother's Fatal Shooting Dismiss the Fact That He was an Armed Robber - "Oh Well!"

U.S. Mint to redesign gold and silver American Eagles, implement security devices - Mnuchin chips the bird

"Abuse By The Police" Documentary Allows Victims Of Rape By Cops Who Got Away Scot Free To Speak Out

James OÂ’Keefe announces 'This may be the biggest story Project Veritas has ever broke' [CNN]

ELECTORAL COLLEGE OVERWHELMINGLY FAVORS REPUBLICANS, ABOLISHING ENTIRE SYSTEM ONLY REMEDY: STUDY

Rand Paul: Democrats Need to be Investigated Over Ukraine

Winnie the Pooh warns attempts to divide China will end in 'shattered bones'

A bunch of democratic faggot and tranvestite loving freaks from hell

Bill Barr Flames ‘Unremitting Assault’ On Religion, Traditional Values During Notre Dame Visit

Hunter Biden Steps Down From Chinese Board in Bid to fight.


Status: Not Logged In; Sign In

United States News
See other United States News Articles

Title: House Resoundingly Approves Broad Marijuana Federalism
Source: Reason
URL Source: https://reason.com/2019/06/24/house ... es-broad-marijuana-federalism/
Published: Jun 24, 2019
Author: Jacob Sullum
Post Date: 2019-06-25 06:59:16 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 148

A solid majority of congressmen, including 41 Republicans, voted for a spending rider that bars the
Justice Department from interfering with the legalization of cannabis for medical or recreational use.

cannabis-leaves-5-MIS-Photography

(MIS Photography)

Last Thursday the House of Representatives resoundingly approved a spending rider that would bar the Justice Department from interfering with the implementation of state laws allowing the production, distribution, and consumption of marijuana for medical or recreational use. The amendment, a broader version of a rider that has protected state medical marijuana programs since 2014, was supported by 62 percent of the legislators who voted, including 41 Republicans as well as 226 Democrats.

"This is without a doubt the biggest victory for federal cannabis policy reform to date, and a hopeful sign that the harmful policies of marijuana prohibition will soon be a relic of the past," Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, said in a press release. "Interfering with successful, regulated cannabis programs is a tremendous waste of resources, and only serves to push the market back into the hands of criminals. The amendment approved today reflects a growing realization of these facts by lawmakers."

Amendment No. 17 to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2020, introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), says "none of the funds made available by this Act to the Department of Justice may be used" to "prevent" states from "implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana." It applies to the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as the 47 states that have legalized some form of cannabis for medical or recreational use.

"I strongly urge that we build on the legacy that we have had in the past and that we move this forward to allow the federal government to start catching up with where the rest of the states are," Blumenauer said upon introducing the amendment. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) spoke in favor of the amendment, saying, "The District has insisted that Congress cease interfering with our desire to commercialize adult-use marijuana, and I appreciate that D.C. is included with the other States that have the same goal."

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) spoke against the rider. "Under the Controlled Substances Act," he noted, "the Drug Enforcement Administration defines Schedule I drugs as having no current acceptable medical use and a high potential for abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there is no scientifically recognized medical benefit from smoking or eating marijuana plants. Claims of benefits from smoked or ingested marijuana are anecdotal and generally outright fabrications. It is established by fact that such marijuana use has real health and real social harms."

Rebutting Aderholt, Blumenauer argued that marijuana's Schedule I status cannot be rationally justified. "If we were rescheduling drugs today, cannabis probably wouldn't be scheduled at all," he said. "It is widely known now that there are, in fact, medicinal purposes to be obtained from using cannabis. That is why the voters in the gentleman's own state just approved medical marijuana. They are not goofy. They are not misled. They understand that there is compelling evidence, and any of us meeting with professionals can understand that. One of the reasons we don't have the research is because the federal government has interfered with [it]. But the evidence is clear. You can find that out with children in your state who use medical cannabis to stop extreme seizure disorders; people who use cannabis to be able to stop the violent nausea associated with chemotherapy; or veterans that use it for PTSD, traumatic brain injury, or chronic pain."

The 41 Republicans who sided with Blumenauer rather than Aderholt included freshman congressmen such as Kelly Armstrong (N.D.), Troy Balderson (Ohio), and Russ Fulcher (Idaho) as well as longtime marijuana reformers such as Justin Amash (Mich.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Tom McClintock (Calif.), and Don Young (Alaska). They represent one-fifth of the Republicans who cast a vote.

We don't know yet whether Blumenauer's amendment will be part of the final appropriations bill approved by both houses of Congress. And unlike changes to the Controlled Substances Act, spending riders aimed at protecting state autonomy with respect to marijuana policy have to be renewed each year.

Last week's vote is nevertheless an important development, since it is the first time the House of Representatives has approved a broad form of marijuana federalism that encompasses general legalization as well as medical use. "Today's vote is the most significant step Congress has ever taken toward ending federal marijuana prohibition," said Steven Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. "Congress is recognizing that the federal government must let the states decide on cannabis legalization—and not the other way around."

(1 image)

Post Comment   Private Reply   Ignore Thread  


[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Please report web page problems, questions and comments to webmaster@libertysflame.com