Frank and Paul Urge WH to Respect Marijuana Law
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Frank and Paul Urge WH to Respect Marijuana Law
Posted by CN Staff on November 14, 2012 at 13:43:57 PT
By Bobby Caina Calvan, Globe Staff
Source: Boston Globe
Washington, D.C. -- Representatives Barney Frank, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Republican Ron Paul of Texas, polar opposites on many issues, joined Wednesday in asking the White House to refrain from acting against marijuana users in Colorado and Washington, which became the first states last week to legalize recreational use of the drug. In a letter to President Obama, the duo asked the White House to “respect the wishes of the voters of Colorado and Washington and refrain from federal prosecution of the inhabitants of those states who will be following their states’ laws with regard to the use of marijuana.”
Paul, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for president, is widely considered a leading libertarian in Congress, while Frank is an unabashed liberal. Citing “individual freedom,” both are coauthors of legislation that would legalize marijuana across the nation. “We believe there are many strong reasons for your administration to allow the states of Colorado and Washington to set the policies they believe appropriate in this regard, without the federal government overriding the choices made by the voters of these states,” the letter said, noting a state’s right to set policies that affect their own residents and the potential cost for enforcing federal laws prohibiting the recreational use of marijuana, which is against federal law. Other states permit medicinal use of Marijuana. Last week, Massachusetts became the latest state to do so. But Colorado and Washington broke new ground in the movement to decriminalize use of the drug, when voters in those two states legalized the possession and growing of the substance.Source: Boston Globe (MA)Author: Bobby Caina Calvan, Globe StaffPublished: November 14, 2012Copyright: 2012 Globe Newspaper CompanyContact: letter globe.comWebsite: URL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by Lucas on November 15, 2012 at 07:27:02 PT
hemp for drug control
Im very happy to see the progress with removing the scapegoat of Marijuana from the state enforcement schemes.And I agree Hemp is a great plant and product.Im just wondering what the effect of Hemp pollen blowing in the wind, will have on Medical Marijuana strains. Here's hoping we have nothing to worry about from cross pollination. I would think the prohibs might actually get behind Hemp, if they though it would ruin Medicinal Cannabis Cultivation. Heres hoping cross pollination will never becomes an issue.
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Comment #4 posted by kaptinemo on November 14, 2012 at 18:03:27 PT:
Two more States contemplating re-legalization
Rhode Island and Maine: on, Virginia! Don't be left in the dust, now! Our amazing red soil can grow almost any damn' thing, as our farmers have proven every year since colonization. Hell, hemp farming in North America got started here! Are you gonna let (Incredulously) Rhode Island get ahead of you?Seriously, though, this country's topsoil is in horrible shape, and it's getting worse every year. Too much petro-based fertilizer and insecticide have leached nutrients and poisoned streams and rivers. Legal hemp would be a literal Godsend. For I can't imagine having legal weed and not having the botanical Swiss Army Knife we call hemp being grown, too. It could bring back the family farmer and end the creeping monopolization (and doctoring) of our food sources by Big Agro. As an engineer, I stand in awe at hemp's vast intrinsic utility. It's almost like the legendary, mythical 'alkehest'; there's almost nothing you cannot make from it. To deny it to a country and a world in such dire, desperate need of that utility is a crime against Humanity.
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Comment #3 posted by Ryannn29 on November 14, 2012 at 17:54:32 PT
realize & legalize people
We ARE snowballing into legalization. The lies are out, maryjane is in. Obama can change to become a protagonist or he stay with his stance. He has more reason than ever than to go against the conformist bs that pressures him to be the a-hole of the situation, though it's also his fault partly since he should be standing up for what is right, not what the majority thinks.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 14, 2012 at 14:56:26 PT
Yes we could be. 
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on November 14, 2012 at 14:05:49 PT
This is awesome!
Could we be snowballing into legalization, all over the world?I hope so!
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