Congress Hypocritically Blocks DCís MJ Initiative
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Congress Hypocritically Blocks DCís MJ Initiative
Posted by CN Staff on December 11, 2014 at 09:37:49 PT
Washington Post Editorial
Source: Washington Post
Washington, D.C. -- The Federal spending bill now pending before Congress includes a provision that bars the Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. It also includes an amendment that prohibits the Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with a federal law that allows industrial hemp research in states that have approved it.But for the District of Columbia and its effort to legalize marijuana, itís a different story, with Congress showing no shame or compunction in trying to upend local authority. The hypocrisy is stunning even by the standards of Capitol Hill.
ďNone of the funds contained in this Act may be used to enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act,Ē reads a rider that targets the initiative approved by D.C. voters to allow possession and growth of small amounts of marijuana. Attorneys for the city were examining the language to see if, as Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) argued, it might contain a loophole that would allow the city to forge ahead with legalization. It appears that decriminalization of marijuana, which went into effect in the District in July, wonít be affected.The inclusion of this noxious rider in the giant, must-pass spending bill came at the instigation of House Republicans, but the real blame falls on the White House and Senate Democrats who give lip service to the Districtís home rule but donít think twice about selling it out. ďIím opposed to what the House is trying to do,Ē Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday of the measure as he sent a signal that he pretty much planned to sit on his hands. ďIf they put it in there, itís going to be hard to take it out over here.ĒSo just as they did three years ago with abortions for low-income women, Democrats are prepared to take the path of least resistance. They ó and the Republican sponsors of the marijuana measure ó are further empowering those who see the District as a place to score political points and not as a home to Americans who should have the right to self-determination.Source: Washington Post (DC)Published: December 10, 2014Copyright: 2014 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Vincent on December 12, 2014 at 22:06:54 PT:
 Why I'm not a Democrat
As always, the Democrats have proven themselves to be jellyfish, especially when it comes to this insane War on, ahem, "drugs". A lot of people say that they don't like "Socialism", that it takes your "freedoms" away. As a Socialist, I'll tell you this...Socialists never would've given in to the Republicans. Marijuana would be legal across the country, right now. 
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on December 11, 2014 at 18:32:09 PT
A mosquito. They let a little air out of 1 tire. But it's not enough to even slow down momentum. Example: 2 states RE-legalized in 2012 and 2 in 2014; I predict 4 or more in 2016.When 70% of (DC) voters make their voice heard and a bunch of politicians shoot them down, IT GETS NOTICED.Ignoids exposed themselves. Again.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on December 11, 2014 at 09:47:52 PT
they're still running DC like it's a pre-Civil War plantation. Clearly apartheid is alive and well in DC and NYC
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