Bills Take Aim at Federal Marijuana Ban
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Bills Take Aim at Federal Marijuana Ban
Posted by CN Staff on March 14, 2013 at 16:39:10 PT
By Raju Chebium, Gannett Washington Bureau
Source: USA Today 
Washington, D.C. -- A few House members have begun a broad effort to overturn a 43-year-old federal ban on marijuana and say they're prepared to keep up the pressure even if it takes years. About 10 lawmakers, mostly liberal Democrats, are writing bills that will serve as legislative guideposts for the future if the GOP-controlled House, as expected, ignores their proposals during this Congress.Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said it's time to end the federal ban because 18 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana and many other states are exploring that option in response to growing public pressure.
"Maybe next year, maybe next Congress, but this is going to change. And the federal government will get out of the way," he said. "I'm very patient. I've been working on this one way or another for 40 years, and I think the likelihood of something happening in the next four or five years is greater than ever."Peter Bensinger, a former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, urged lawmakers to keep the ban despite the pressure to legalize pot.Advocacy groups, which have spent a lot of money over the years to push legalization, gloss over the negative effects of marijuana though studies show people do get hooked and smoking pot impairs judgment and could cause cancer like cigarettes, he said."Legalizing it is going to cost lives, money, addiction, dependency," Bensinger warned in an interview Wednesday.A number of lawmakers share that view, which is why previous congressional attempts to decriminalize marijuana went nowhere.Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., acknowledged that getting any marijuana bill through a bitterly divided Congress  which is consumed by debates over spending, gun regulations and other matters  won't be easy.SnippedComplete Article: USA Today (US) Author: Raju Chebium, Gannett Washington BureauPublished: March 14, 2013Copyright: 2013 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on March 16, 2013 at 16:35:06 PT
This is strange.
What do they mean by "Forty three years"? They must be talking about the Timothy Leary judgment.It seems like to me that the Feds banned it in 1937. That's a heck of a lot longer than forty three years.
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on March 14, 2013 at 19:02:23 PT
Peter Bensinger
If idiot boy wants to stand on a soap box and declare the world is flat, let 'em. He and all of his band of naysayers are making fools of themselves, so let them. Time and truth will move forward without their approval.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on March 14, 2013 at 16:43:14 PT
Nevada Lawmaker To Introduce Bill Legalizing MJ
 By Anjeanette Damon Thursday, March 14, 2013 
 Carson City -- Assemblyman Joe Hogan, D-Las Vegas, said his measure to legalize marijuana possession will be introduced in the Assembly on Friday, making Nevada the sixth state to consider decriminalizing pot. 
"We've wasted a tremendous amount of money spoiling teen-agers lives, chasing them around until we can arrest them for something," Hogan said. "And marijuana is not just a harmless plant. The medical benefits are remarkable."Complete Article:
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