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Marijuana: Pot will be rescheduled if Obama or Ron Paul win, advocate says

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Last week, the Department of Revenue sent a letter formally petitioning the federal government to reschedule marijuana; read it below. Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente sees the move as a sign of the times, and predicts such rescheduling will happen within five years -- if Barack Obama or Ron Paul win the 2012 election.

"I think it was actually fairly meaningful," says Vicente about the letter, penned by DOR head Barbara Brohl. "Colorado was the fourth state just last year to send a request to the federal government to reconsider marijuana's schedule in the Controlled Substances Act" -- Schedule 1, meaning it has no officially recognized medical value on the federal level. "That shows the groundswell of support is growing."

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Barbara Brohl.
Perhaps, but Brohl's letter is not exactly enthusiastic, perhaps because she was compelled to pen it rather than doing so on her own initiative, as Vicente explains.

"The way this worked was that the legislature passed a law, HB 1284, in which the legislators told the Department of Revenue to send a letter to the federal government about rescheduling. And the fact that our state legislature supported doing this is meaningful in and of itself."

Even so, Vicente acknowledges that similar letters sent a few weeks back by the governors of Rhode Island and Washington exuded more passion for such a policy shift than did Brohl's missive.

"I wish ours had been stronger," he notes. "The letter from the other governors made a very strong case for taking the common sense step of rescheduling marijuana. I think our letter was a little more perfunctory and could have been more persuasively written. But I really think the act itself is the most important piece."



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Muzzy Lu
Muzzy Lu

Obama cares more for cocaine than marijuana. Medical marijuana, and all marijuana should be legal! It is helpful to people for pain reduction and other maladies, plus marijuana can be a much less harmful recreational drug than liquor, heroin, crack, and cocaine.

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Mikoe Wozz

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Gina Perry
Gina Perry

Ron Paul will definitely get my vote. I just wish he was running on a Libertarian ticket instead of the GOP's. As for Obama, I'll be happy to see him go.  Hillary would have been the much better choice for the Dems. She's got more balls than Obama and every three-legged member of his cabinet. But I digress. At present the Feds are primarily concerned with lining the pockets of the big pharma, lumber, and petrochemical industries and have no problem accepting countless millions every year from the tobacco and alcohol companies (whose contributions cover nearly all of the yearly operating costs of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy... can you say conflict of interest???) I never expected cannabis to achieve full legalization unless there was a way for the US industrial-military machine to profit from it. Once upon a time the US patent laws made it illegal for anyone to obtain a patent for any natural, organic substance in existence. However, if I'm understanding what I read, that is no longer the case. They  have done a complete turnaround, so that anyone can patent anything, including the very building blocks of life as we know it, our own friggin genes! While the feds may eventually get their collective heads out of their asses, I honestly don't look for anything to change unless a drug company requests it for their own benefit, when they can in turn stuff more money into the pockets of our corporate-whores (politicians). But I do see a few beacons of hope on the horizon in addition to Ron Paul and Gary Johnson (for whom I have tremendous respect). We need to look to the states and localities which have found an effective work-around for these racist and irrational drug laws. Seattle, for example, while taking steps to decriminalize possession and use of this remarkable little plant, recognized that despite their efforts to implement sensible reforms, local residents and businesses would still run the risk of having everything they own confiscated by the goddamn DEA, which routinely violates the states rights to govern themselves as well as the US Constitution, by using taxpayer funded state and local resources, law enforcement officers and courts to do their dirty work. We need more fearless state and local leadership like the mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn, who effectively told the federal government to go fuck itself. With the support of the DA, who acknowledges that the judicial system is shamefully stacked against minorities, who comprise roughly 75% or more of all drug arrests, despite being among less than 8% of the largely white population that is known to use illegal drugs at a significantly higher rate. Seattle's answer to the governments poorly disguised racist agenda, which amounts to a legal form of slavery garnered from those convicted of minor possession offenses who are serving horribly long and exorbitantly disproportionate sentences in our privatized, for-profit penal system. Seattle's response to the prejudicial federal drug policies, was to 'Just say No' to their blatant bullshit by refusing to arrest or prosecute ANYONE for possession of cannabis. Brilliant! Hats off to McGinn and every elected official who chooses to represent the interests of their constituents rather than the corporations hoping to add another political figure to their payroll. If every state and municipality had leaders willing to follow this example, I dare say the prohibition of cannabis would be a thing of the past at long last. So our job is as simple as this: stop electing idiots to political office first of all, and secondly (since that first part isn't as easy as it sounds, lol), to be a source of consistent influence upon our local elected officials, and stand united in our opposition to any policy that impinges upon an individual's constitutional rights. I believe we have grown disillusioned with our government and the two-tiered Department of Injustice, that has managed to immobilize the masses through cleverly constructed propaganda campaigns that have left us feeling powerless to change it. We are resigned to accept things the way they are rather than risk the repercussions sure to follow if we resist. But that dog doesn't hunt, and it never did. Remember Burke's warning... The only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Though I applaud the Wall Street protesters for their honorable intentions and  admirable convictions, I believe our present situation is dire enough to warrant something more deliberate than the mere occupation of the nations financial districts. We shouldn't waste time trying to battle big business for a little space in which to conduct our peaceful protests. It's time to take back, forcibly if necessary, what was truly ours to begin with and regain ownership of this fucking country while there is still a country worth owning. Don't buy into the fear-mongering that has effectively manipulated us into relinquishing our rights and liberties. I'd rather surrender my passport and citizenship than see my son grow up to be subjugated under an oppressive police state. Standing up against a corrupt and tyrannical government is the ultimate act of patriotism. I'm just glad to know I won't be standing there alone! Keep fighting the good fight!

fed up
fed up

Obama has made it very clear he has no intention of leglizing marijuana

Joan Huck
Joan Huck

Knowledge is a beautiful thing, but in the wrong hands can be very destructive . 

crizann
crizann

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Matthew J Bailey
Matthew J Bailey

This is just to take medical pot away from the mom & pop dispensaries and give it to Big Pharma.  They're not going to legalize, just drop it to schedule 2 like methadone.  

TDKS FBT
TDKS FBT

obama has proven every step of the away he opposes anything related to marijuana, despite his willingness to lie about the subject during a campaign. his time in office speaks a hell of a lot louder than some baseless pipedreams

anyone who votes for obama expecting him to support legalization, reclassification, or ending the raids of medical facilities is clueless

Norm MacLovin
Norm MacLovin

Obama? I don't think so. Remember his "promise" not to let the feds interfere with state laws concerning marijuana? He's just another worthless puppet. Ron Paul? Perhaps. He seems to be a genuinely different kind of politician. But what about a LIBERTARIAN? I haven't even heard the word libertarian used by another person for two years. Doesn't anyone even know we exist? Or was the party outlawed? WTF is going on? Anyway, I say @#$% the democrats and republicans. They've had their chances, and they only make bigger messes of everything. We need to be liberated, and our government needs to get much, much smaller. I mean, we're essentially slaves to this machine, and it has to stop. Lets elect a libertarian, and maybe then we can get some positive changes in the US and around the world. Maybe.

Jerry Cook
Jerry Cook

Ganja should be getting Benefit Awards and not even on The Fed Sched.  Big Pharma has their Ganja concoctions at Sched 3.  Sched 2 puts it in the same category as much more dangerous Meth/Ice, ridiculous, and into the hands of Big Pharma-a natural plant-an outrageous move against local economies and people for profits of the cartels and prisons, including the Fed Govt/Big Pharma Cartel.  Prohibition provides heavy imposed damage for this attempt at big profits denial of truth-including 50,000 killed in Mexico and 800,000 Americans a year jailed for non-violent small amount possession, with no impact on use overall at all.  Beyond stupid stupid.As for President, Garyjohnson2012.com  and fairtax.org offer re-legalized (as it was under G Washington to Abe Lincoln, etc) Ganja with freedom for all non-violent users and "felons".  Gary has a better record than Obama, R Paul, or any other candidate with fresh ideas proven to work, and is not another big money bought off such as the repub/demo status quo current Fed Govt employees of big money.  End the Corporate Police State waste bought out Fed Govt by voting for Gary and put people first to live free again instead!  2012 is a year to break the failed 2 party status quo that puts big money first, not people. Bring back the Constitution For People First, not for the biggest money first-a failed idea getting worse with both repubs and demos. Stop Congress lobbyist buy-outs! Vote for Gary and yourself this time-unless you like the current brutal failed status quo, a choice of bad or worse, and the "TRICKle down" that goes into offshore accounts and cartels-not America or Americans. Your Choice!  Bad, Worse, or Much Better with GARY JOHNSON and a great proven record and a positive not business as usual future. Oh, and yes, Gary will listen to YOU first-NOT the biggest money! 

Louis Nardozi
Louis Nardozi

Obama will NEVER reschedule marijuana - this is the same guy that sent the Feds to take the mj off of dying cancer patients. And authorized Fast N Furious, for that matter.

This single issue affects a lot of people, but Paul is much more than this one issue. Every person you know would be help by one or another of his policies. Give him a look at http://RonPaulFlix.com

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Santorum apparently would be a decent marijuana candidate and he's winning in Iowa right now!

Former Union Guy
Former Union Guy

No Democrat will ever stop the war on drugs or marijuana. It's about the unions and political power. Unions are part of the Democratic Party machine. The prison unions, police unions, federal law enforcement unions: including DEA, Homeland Security, ATF, FBI, etc. Public employee unions were illegal, at the Federal level, until President Kennedy signed a presidential order. Our tax dollars provide their wages, union dues are are deducted, the union funnels the $$$$ to the Democratic Party.

MMJ Sellouts
MMJ Sellouts

Brian Vicente is a sell-out. No one takes him seriously.

Q_1984and666A_1776
Q_1984and666A_1776

Cannabis, legal for all of its uses is the best hope for America's economy, maybe the only hope at this point. Ron Paul and returning to a constitutional nation is the only hope of that coming to pass. If you have anything to do with Cannabis and do not vote for and support Ron Paul and Liberty, you get what you deserve.  PROHIBIT GMO Cannabis, treat the natural stuff like beer, or medicine, or food, or fuel, or fiber, or building materials, or even carbon sinks if you're so inclined.

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Petition? More like a plea for mercy, and don't shoot the messenger. Did we actually pay someone to write that? If so, how much? In a State that's supposed to be on the cutting edge of MMJ, there sure is a lot of adversarial BS going on.

Ocelite714
Ocelite714

AND OBVIOUSLY NO PRESIDENT CAN MAKE MARIJUANA LEGAL OR CHANGE LAWS ALONE, HENCE THE PROBLEMS WITH THE ECONOMY AND PASSING BILLS!!! BUT ITS A NICE WAY TO GENERATE VOTES... DON'T BELIEVE THE BED TIME STORY'S, DO THE RESEARCH YOURSELF AND PICK THE LESSER EVIL!!! DON'T LET POT BE YOUR GUIDE!!! I DONT KNOW BOUT THE REST OF YOU  BUT IT JUST GUIDES ME TO JACK IN THE BOX AND DISK GOLF!!!

Del Morrison
Del Morrison

Ron Paul is the only one whom has the willpower to make a difference, Obama has been terrible and has just made the country worse than it is, all other possible candidates are just Corporate lackeys whom will just make things worse until they break completely 

Monkey
Monkey

The government makes too much money on marijuana remaining illegal, too many employed over the war on weed means there are too many people against legalization. Lawyers like Vicente also need cannabis illegal so they can keep telling us their "insight" and charge clients billable hours. If it was legal he and others like him would not have the same "job-security". Making cannabis legal would hurt the economy, everyone makes money because it's illegal, from lawyers to probation officers to drug screening labs to police to drug dealers, the list goes on and on. Talking about legalization even generates money but actual legalization would not. All the sales tax and regulation fees would not make up for the real money people make and spend illegally. Obviously I'm a Ron Paul vote, no IRS, ATF or DEA, sounds good to me, but I think that sort of logical thinking will scare too many people away. The governments job has been to keep you scared and reliant on them, a great way to do that is to criminalize a plant everyone can get their hands on, you now have to pled with them to legalize it, trust that they know best, use it in fear or profit from it and risk imprisonment, either way they are controlling you.

Rosakarr
Rosakarr

Wow ur amazingly informed!

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Yea, but no one will buy big-pharma marijuana.  Right now, no one wants the dispensary weed because it's mass-produced, no on will want big-pharma weed because it will be even more mass produced.  Small batch, mountain grown, true mom and pop opps will always prevail because they produce the dankness!

Guesto
Guesto

The party was outlawed, in a sense. Democrats and Republicans write all the laws, so they write election laws that make it impossible for Libertarians. There are some states that won't even allow you on the ballot, and Debates? Forget about it.

Debates. Controlled by Dems and Republicans, thats how they outlawed Libertarianism. Thats why Ron Paul vehemently denies questions about a 3rd party run. 

Colforbin
Colforbin

apparently you don't do any research on someone before you comment. santorum isn't an actual guy... he is the frothy mixture of fecal matter and lube that sometimes occurs from anal sex.

Guesto
Guesto

lol how so? He goes where the money goes like everybody else, and he hates the constitution. Ron Paul 2012, register republican and join the fight. 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I support the right of workers to organize to demand better wages and working conditions, but you make a good point about Democrats' complicity in waging war on the American people -- union members may have some mixed feelings about our fascist drug laws, but many of their jobs do in fact depend on Prohibition.  As for private prisons, urine testers, and the other corporate dregs who profit from Prohibition, their interest in maintaining Prohibition is absolute; no one can credit the Republican Party with being any less retrograde than the Democratic Party!  The former has done more damage to the United States and her interests than the Bolsheviks ever dreamed of doing themselves, and the latter works tirelessly to enable their opponents -- leave these criminal organizations now (or register to vote for the first time) at:  https://www.sos.state.co.us/Vo...

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Cannabis will drive those nuts who don't know the use of it and criticize the sacred herb.

Guest
Guest

right on point.

Q_1984and666A_1776
Q_1984and666A_1776

Cannabis, legal for all of its uses is the best hope for America's economy, maybe the only hope at this point. Ron Paul and returning to a constitutional nation is the only hope of that coming to pass. If you have anything to do with Cannabis and do not vote for and support Ron Paul and Liberty, you get what you deserve.  PROHIBIT GMO Cannabis, treat the natural stuff like beer, or medicine, or food, or fuel, or fiber, or building materials, or even carbon sinks if you're so inclined.

BushDoctor
BushDoctor

"Making cannabis legal would hurt the economy"

Sorry, but you are crazy if you believe this!  Taking hundreds of billions of dollars away from criminals and drug cartels and instead redirecting that money into our communities for public services and job creation would HURT the economy?  Yes the law enforcement agencies, the for-profit prison industry, judges and lawyers, and the professional criminals would definitely lose SOME of their funding and some jobs, but for every dollar (and job) lost to them we would gain far more money (and jobs) in our communities.

Colforbin
Colforbin

having a caregiver is like being 17 all over again. i get to wait any where from a couple of hours to a fucking day for him to stop by. i get blown off on occasion and then get to hear the bullshit excuse. not to mention when they fuck thier shit up( pests, herming). then you get to find another supplier. instead, i think i will go buy some whenever i want, be in and out in 10 minutes and get to choose from 20 different varieties in one shop. not to mention how hard it is to find a good caregiver. most of the hacks on CL are flakes.

Dudesandgirls80
Dudesandgirls80

Evrything was fine when caregivers was all we had now that dispensaries opened up they ruined it all.now mmj is one big mind fuk the dispensaries have took marijane and Dragged her threw the mud and threw her in the street like a 2cent hooker.now you can buy 120 dollar oz of warehouse weed that's not flushed not cured and full of pm and mites

Justsayin
Justsayin

and you think your ring leader

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

We need to find a way to get it into the water then.

Monkey
Monkey

You got my vote.

Monkey
Monkey

Good point, I may have been exaggerating. My real point was the black market, including marijuana, is a big part of the American economy and needs to stay in balance. Many federal agencies, local businesses and criminals, if there is a difference, all stand to loose if legalization was to win political ground. I'm all for legalization but I don't think we'll see it. Maybe some sort of middle ground where everyone can still get arrested for good weed but pharmaceutical companies can make crappy chemical rinses of cannabis too. I don't think the government will give up anything, just add more.

Guest
Guest

nice incoherent babble crack head. (that little dot at the end of the sentence is a period, look it up). i would love to see youer bud. lets have a challenge. you bring your shitty herb and i'll get some from a local dispensary. let billy judge it.

Justsayin
Justsayin

sounds like your herb sucks bro. maybe you should put more time into your crop instead of being on westword blogs all day.

Dudesandgirls80
Dudesandgirls80

You think dispensary owners don't have issues to them you are nothing but a *money maker*to them they hate that you stand in line to check out their not flushed not cured pm &mites bud out only to say I don't like that kind let me see another or the dispensary down the street has better prices and they give me free stuff they hate on all their patients they don't like you they just want your money!

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

What about those douche bag customers that show up a couple hours late, full of excuses, if they show up at all, complaining about the quality while you risk your ass and give your all to be a caregiver?

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