Marijuana: Eighteen legislators ask feds to respect Colorado's Amendment 64

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Diana Degette.
On Friday, Congresswoman Diana DeGette's office announced the introduction of the Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act, a bill intended to ensure that federal marijuana laws don't exempt the Colorado voter-approved Amendment 64 and a similar measure in Washington state. DeGette's also signed a letter with seventeen fellow legislators asking the Justice Department to respect pot laws in the two states. See the letter and get more details below.

Co-sponsors of the DeGette measure include Oregon's Earl Blumenauer, Tennessee's Steve Cohen and California's Sam Farr, as well as two colleagues from Colorado -- Jared Polis, a longtime supporter of marijuana reform, and, more surprisingly, Mike Coffman, a Republican who opposed the passage of Amendment 64.

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Mike Coffman.
"I voted against Amendment 64," he confirmed in a statement, "and I strongly oppose the legalization of marijuana, but I also have an obligation to respect the will of the voters given the passage of this initiative, and so I feel obligated to support this legislation."

The bill, shared below, would make minor changes in one section of the Controlled Substances Act, as well as inserting what's labeled a "Special Rule Regarding State Marihuana [sic] Laws." The suggested passage, featuring an antiquated spelling of "marijuana," reads:

In the case of any State law that pertains to marihuana, no provision of this title shall be construed as indicating an intent on the part of Congress to occupy the field in which that provision operates, including criminal penalties, to the exclusion of State law on the same subject matter, nor shall any provision of this title be construed as preempting any State law.
The aforementioned letter, on view in its entirety below, urges a similar approach to Amendment 64 and Washington's Initiative 502 by the U.S. Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Here's an excerpt from the document, addressed to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and DEA administrator Michele Leonhart:
We are writing to urge federal law enforcement to consider carefully the recent decisions by the people of Colorado and Washington to legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use by adults. Under the new laws, each state will establish a comprehensive regulatory scheme governing the production, sale and personal use of marijuana. We believe that it would be a mistake for the federal government to focus enforcement action on individuals whose actions are in compliance with state law.
By the way, Polis had a memorable encounter with Leonhart in June, during which the DEA administrator repeatedly refused to say that marijuana was any less harmful than heroin. Here's a video of the exchange:

Bill co-sponsor Coffman did not sign the letter, unlike Polis, DeGette, Blumenauer, Cohen and Farr. However, more than ten other legislators who didn't add their name to the legislation have, including Colorado Representative Ed Perlmutter.

Why has Perlmutter not yet become a co-sponsor of DeGette's proposal?

Continue for more about the legislators' letter regarding Amendment 64.


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bleeth1
bleeth1

Note to all bloggers.

 

DonkeyHotay has been kicked off many blogs for his troll like behavior.  Apparently Westword doesn't care and it's their choice I suppose.   Ultimately, it's best to ignore abusive trolls like this because they love all the attention, especially negative attention.

 

I guess we should fee sorry for people like this.  What a sad little life this individual must have.

Jesse
Jesse

DonkeyHotay.. You should go stare in a mirror and marvel in all your glory, because obviously what you say is truth. I can't believe there is a person so smart and knowledgeable about everything! Would you please write a book and spread it around the world so we can all be so clever and infallible? Fuck I wish I could always be correct like you!! And your not at all elitist, arrogant, ostentatious, pretentious, haughty or annoying!

ANDROLOMA
ANDROLOMA

This is how reform movements happen in a civilized society. Sometimes good does happen.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Is it still too early to go out in my wheelchair w/ Clyde,

& find a corner to beg for pot ?

StarKissed
StarKissed

Nothing to worry about, as soon as Big Pharma figures out a way to profit from Marijuana, there will no longer be a debate.

revwithoutacause
revwithoutacause

They said "pot is God's gift to us".

They didn't realize that they were god.

We either control ourselves or are slaves to institutions.

"No" is only a rejection of the "Yes" that is always there.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

DeGette is actually Meg from 'Family Guy' all grown up w/ daily upper-lip waxings ...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I still do not care for or trust DeGette .

It has been like this since she was first elected .

Any chance she is cousin to a Sarah from 'The Great White North' ?

libertarian2patriot
libertarian2patriot

It appears that Colorado Amendment 64 to legalize marijuana is now promoting rights of states in unexpected ways.  Empowering and preserving the right of states as defined in the US Constitution is a mandate and strongly supported by the Libertarian party platform.  Looks like Liberals will share the benefit of freedom for all, whether they want it or not, in spite their compelling power grab by Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall and their special interest groups.  It's peculiar that unlike US Representative Mike Coffman, Republican, our Colorado Democrat Senators are not respecting the will of the voters given the passage of Amendment 64. 

 

Read more on legalizing marijuana at libertarianpartyplatform.net, and an excerpt of this article at http://libertarianpartyplatform.net/2012/11/marijuana-eighteen-legislators-ask-feds-to-respect-colorados-amendment-64/

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"Why do you notice a chip that is in your brother's eye, and you do not observe the plank that is in your own eye?" -- Matthew 7:3

 

The Feds should ignore these hypocritical cocksuckers until the State of Colorado COMPLETELY LEGALIZES marijuana, frees ALL marijuana prisoners currently in Colorado jails, and pardons and expunges the criminal record of EVERY citizen ever convicted of a marijuana offense in Colorado.

 

If the Colorado Politicians want preferential exception from Federal Laws, then let the Colorado Politicians EXEMPT ALL Citizens from ALL Marijuana laws in Colorado.

 

Hope that Helps.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

I think A-64 does a good job of telling the Feds what's up so we no longer have to ask permission.  Colorado has grown up and will be doing it's own dope thing from now on out!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@bleeth1 

Troll = someone who posts uncomfortable truths that you can't refute.

Run on back to the desolate circle-jerk at the Daily Camera, you vapid cunt.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Jesse "You should go stair [sic] in a mirror"

 @Jesse "And your [sic] not at all elitist ..."

 @Jesse  " I wish I could always be correct like you!"

 

How's sucking on that bong helping you?

 

LOL!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @StarKissed  ... as soon as Marijuana gets Re-Scheduled on the CSA ... then ONLY Big Pharma will be allowed to produce and distribute it.

 

May the Stupid Stoners get what they myopically beg for.

 

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michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @Juan_Leg That paints a bizarre picture, Juan. Thanks for the post.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @libertarian2patriot 

 

How does surrendering Total Control of All Marijuana over to Big Government Regulators, plus adding Huge New $40,000,000.00+ taxes, whilst restricting the citizens to 1 (one) pathetic ounce, and maintaining 99.9% of all State Criminal Laws against marijuana fit the "Libertarian" policy, exactly.

 

Be specific, and show your equivocations.

 

 

Thisis_Insane
Thisis_Insane

 @DonkeyHotay OMG. NOW he quotes the parts of the Bible, that helps him. How about

'God gave us every seed bearing herb that is for our use"? Gensis 1:29

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @DonkeyHotay

Bust out the Bible on their asses !!!

'Da Word' !!!???

Fucking classic !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @tutonehcc "I think A-64 does a good job of telling the Feds ..."

 

You're an idiot.

bleeth1
bleeth1

@DonkeyHotay @bleeth1  

A little desperate aren't we?

I get it.  It's the only forum that allows you to be you.

Your posts are always good for a laugh.

I believe this "vapid cunt" will stick around for more laughs from the most uninformed pathetic troll ever.

Thisis_Insane
Thisis_Insane

 @DonkeyHotay DonkeyHotay, sucking on the bong may very well be what you need to get your sh*t together, and stop pushing the propaganda we have been fed for over 60 years. Again, i think you still need help with your anger and anxiety issues, which cannabis will help you with (unless, of course, you are already a schizoid-bipolar , in which case nothing will help your condition. Did you even watch that video???

KS-R
KS-R

@DonkeyHotay To "DonkeyHotay" Just for your information, correcting people's grammar and finding flaws with their metaphors does not: 1. Prove anything 2. Win anyone to your side 3. Is not constructive 4. Is more than likely a waste of your time

Thisis_Insane
Thisis_Insane

   To Everyone Human on this board: please ignore the trolls, they just disrupt things and ruin the positive flow of conversation, and ideas.

carlosperez505
carlosperez505

And your drunk donkey.@DonkeyHotay @revwithoutacause

Thisis_Insane
Thisis_Insane

 @DonkeyHotay  If you go to the NORML website and READ something once in awhile, you will find the laws and limitations, state by state and you'll find out how much of your own bull you really believe.

As you say 'MORON'.

ANDROLOMA
ANDROLOMA

 @DonkeyHotay  @libertarian2patriot

 How does legalization surrender "total control?" Answer: it doesn't. What in the world ever gave you the idea that legalization equals total government control? And that 99.9% number is invalidated by the election results. You may have to move to North Korea, where the evil weed is still outlawed.

attbenjamin
attbenjamin

@DonkeyHotay @libertarian2patriot its only the first brick of the Berlin wall. And it was written in a way most voters would agree with. Eventually the whole wall will come down.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Thisis_Insane  Submit to Civilian Authority!

 

"Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers." -- 1 Peter 2:13-14

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Juan_Leg 

 

"I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I take vengeance on them.’

 -- Ezekiel. 25:17

 

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @tutonehcc ... may you forever occupy the prison cells of these "non prisoners" in Colorado.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Thisis_Insane  So who's forcing you, or anyone else, to read my posts, much less reply to them?

 

Be specific.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Thisis_Insane  Only an idiot or imbecile like you would consider NORML to be a valid legal source for accurate law.

 

HipTip -- NORML is and has been WRONG in regards to Colorado marijuana law.

 

You + NORML = FAIL!

 

ANDROLOMA
ANDROLOMA

 @DonkeyHotay  @libertarian2patriot

 DH: Your alternate version of reality doesn't jibe with what the news media informs us. I can't believe your contradicted lie. So don't bother trying to convince your elders of what they realize and you don't.

 

Come arrest me, if it's still illegal. I defy you. Because you can't and we both know you can't. Best get adjusted to the new reality we fought for decades in manifesting. Scorn all you please, we enjoy the earnest debates. Admit it, you lost.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @attbenjamin  @DonkeyHotay  @libertarian2patriot 

 

Nonsense.

 

The Berlin Wall didn't fall one baby-stepping brick at a time -- it was DESTROYED in one gigantic moment.

 

You baby-stepping buttfucks will still be playing with your individual toy bricks 100 years from now, and the wall will still be standing.

 

Any control you myopically surrender now to Big Government Regulators and insatiable Government Taxing pigs will NEVER be recovered.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Juan_Leg  @wtfk 

 

 "All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense."

-- Leviticus 20:9

 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @wtfk  @DonkeyHotay What, were you considering Hotay for a baby-sitting position ?

Still on the fence ?

He's gots a Bible,  I'll tell ya' !

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