Lawmakers Renew Push To End Federal Ban on MJ
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Lawmakers Renew Push To End Federal Ban on MJ
Posted by CN Staff on May 17, 2017 at 19:57:23 PT
By Tim Devaney 
Source: Hill
Washington, D.C. -- A small, bipartisan group of lawmakers is renewing a push at the federal level to legalize marijuana, calling it a criminal justice issue. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-Va.), would lift the nation’s pot restrictions and allow states to decide how to regulate medical and recreational marijuana.Currently, states like Colorado that legalize marijuana do so in violation of federal law. This has created a confusing patchwork of pot laws around the country.
The bill, which has 11 co-sponsors, was introduced in February, and has gathered little momentum on Capitol Hill. Garrett hopes to build consensus despite indications that President Trump's administration is moving toward stronger enforcement of federal marijuana laws.Garrett believes there are “redeeming medical uses for cannabis,” but he didn’t always feel that way. “The first time I heard the term ‘medicinal marijuana’ 25 or 30 years ago, I probably chuckled,” he told reporters Wednesday.Then, he began prosecuting marijuana users in Virginia.“My background on this issue is shaped by my own experiences as a criminal prosecutor, where in fact, I did enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia as they relate to marijuana, and some would say, did so quite vigorously,” Garrett said.Eventually, Garrett grew tired of “creating criminals out of people who otherwise follow the law.” So he flipped to the other side of the issue and began fighting to legalize the drug.“If there’s anything I cannot tolerate as a citizen and as a prosecutor, it is the unequal application of justice,” he said.Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) expressed similar concerns with the current federal ban on marijuana.“Every 42 seconds someone is arrested for the use or possession of marijuana, turning every-day Americans into criminals, tearing families apart,” Gabbard told reporters.“The question before us is not whether you think marijuana use is good or bad, or how you feel about this issue, but whether we should be turning people into criminals,” she said.Source: Hill, The (US DC)Author:  Tim Devaney Published: May 17, 2017Copyright: 2017 The HillContact: editor thehill.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on May 19, 2017 at 14:12:02 PT
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on May 19, 2017 at 12:53:01 PT
Excellent read from Tom Angell
Conservative Christian Pat Robertson Slams Sessions Drug War Memo
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Comment #5 posted by HempWorld on May 18, 2017 at 18:26:58 PT
Is AG Mr. Jeff Sessions a Christian?
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on May 18, 2017 at 17:47:27 PT
elliot baker,
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Comment #3 posted by elliott baker on May 18, 2017 at 17:27:06 PT:
is pot truly legal
it is not truly legal when 2 ounces still get you arrested while you can buy cases of wine . so stupid and unfair who are they kidding its the most over regulated herb and isn't really a drug give me a break. justice system has it all wrong but they can buy as much alcohol as they want. only bad people drink alcohol.see how stupid jeff sessions is.i bet he drinks alcohol. just keep putting drug users in jail and you create and underclass that can't get ahead they are penalized twice so unfair but i blame people like jeff sessions .drug use is a disease people should go to a hospital not jail not all drug users are violent.we are being set up for more crime as the stupid incarceration mentality destroys our future.more crime no rehab n real smart please wake up criminal justice system
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on May 18, 2017 at 17:22:27 PT
The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act
Only 11 co-sponsors. That's not much. And it was introduced way back in February.The support is terribly lacking.The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act sounds like a good piece of legislation. I'm praying for it. Anyone of a like mind and spirit that would join me in that effort, it would be much appreciated.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on May 18, 2017 at 15:34:12 PT
Let's examine this a moment.
" Currently, states like Colorado that legalize marijuana do so in violation of federal law. "Can We examine that statement?Colorado, RE-legalized cannabis. That's due to the violation of federal law, which made cannabis illegal.
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