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Marijuana: Mike Coffman, Amendment 64 opponent, to back federal exemption bill

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Update below: Representative Mike Coffman, a Republican, is announcing today his support of legislation that would exempt Colorado from federal marijuana policy. It's a noteworthy move from Coffman, who is against the legalization of marijuana but respects Colorado's ballot process and the support Amendment 64 received last week, when voters chose to legalize small amounts of pot for adult use.

As we noted earlier this week, Democratic representatives Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis have been drafting legislation that would make Colorado exempt from policies at the federal level, at which marijuana remains illegal.

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Mike Coffman
Since Amendment 64 passed, state officials have already been in conversation with the federal government about how to deal with this complicated discrepancy.

DeGette's office is expected to introduce the legislation today; it would exempt Colorado from the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Coffman, who was reelected to represent Colorado's sixth congressional district, says he supports the voters' choice.

In a press release announcing the bipartisan support the bill has now received -- expected to be sent out later today -- Coffman's statement, passed along to us by his office, says, "I voted against Amendment 64 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."

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Diana DeGette.
Update, November 16, 1:15 p.m: This afternoon, Congresswoman Diana DeGette's office released official details on the legislation to which Mike Coffman has signed on. It's called the "Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act," and it would ensure that state laws regarding marijuana will not be preempted by the federal government.

And Coffman isn't the only newly elected or reelected official to offer support -- though, in the latest press release, he remains the sole Republican listed. In addition to expected backing from Colorado Representative Jared Polis, Oregon's Earl Blumenauer, Tennessee's Steve Cohen and California's Sam Farr are also co-sponsoring the measure, which was introduced today.

The bill, DeGette's office says, is designed to address concerns about the federal government's ability to override the voter-approved initiatives in Colorado and Washington state, which also passed a marijuana measure last week. In addition, the legislation would provide guidance for the courts, DeGette says.

"Today, I am proud to join with colleagues from both sides of the aisle on the 'Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act' to protect states' rights and immediately resolve any conflict with the federal government," DeGette says in a statement. "In Colorado we've witnessed the aggressive policies of the federal government in their treatment of legal medicinal marijuana providers. My constituents have spoken and I don't want the federal government denying money to Colorado or taking other punitive steps that would undermine the will of our citizens."

The bill, on full view below, functions as an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act, declaring that state law would not be preempted by the CSA.

Continue for the full press release and for the official bill.



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kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

Donkey = delusional fuckwit, terminal nitwit

cybertrek
cybertrek

The real question here is whether, or not, President Barack Obama would veto such legislation.  He may have evolved on the issues of gays in the military and gay marriage, but he had been steadfast in his opposition to legalizing marijuana.  Remember, this was his last election.  He no longer needs to pander to any particular constituency anymore.  If he hasn't changed his personal position -- and he has never  given any indication that he is even considering doing so -- he will put a quick end to legalizing recreational marijuana. 

 

For Obama to sign such a piece of legislation would open the door for other states to try and pass other laws that violate federal statutes.  The future headaches this would create is not worth the perceived benefit of what is really an "I just want to get high" bill.  

 

YOuranidiotDongsuck
YOuranidiotDongsuck

 @DonkeyHotay  You know its probably just easier to talk to yourself out loud using your multiple personalities. Keep trolling and spewing your diarrhea of the mouth......

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ mikemcintosh7 "It's going to happen in every state because the taxable revenue it is going to generate."

 

Nonsense!

 

The TOTAL sales tax revenue for Retail Marijuana Centers at their peak of 100 stores was only 1/2 of 1% of total sales tax revenue collected from all sources -- e.g. restaurants, clothing, supermarkets, etc.

 

1/2 of 1% !!

 

The stoner delusion of massive wealth sufficient to SWAY the Government is a pipe dream.

 

hth.

 

mich.cannabisunivers
mich.cannabisunivers

A Congressional hearing is more than any previous legislative sponsors would have ever even hoped for....a hearing on C-Span about cannabis!! It would a true public platform in the congressional record. Would Obama sign a amended Controlled Substances Act? How far will it get in the lame duck Congress and is it just pandering to an anticipated cannabis/hemp "industry?" ML

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

DonkeyHotay...Winning some more: - -

The decisions by voters in Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana will have important implications for international efforts to quash drug smuggling, four Latin American leaders declared on Monday. Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica called for the Organization of American States to study the impact of the votes and said the United Nations' General Assembly should hold a special session on the prohibition of drugs by 2015 at the latest. Marijuana legalization by U.S. state governments is "a paradigm change on the part of those entities in respect to the current international system," Calderon said. ---- http://www.denverpost.com/news/marijuana/ci_21983287/latin-nations-want-drug-policy-review-after-u?source=pkg

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

¨Since Amendment 64 passed, state officials have already been in conversation with the federal government about how to deal with this complicated discrepancy.¨Either you, Sam Levin and the Westword, or the Government of Colorado is lying, because the Government of Colorado has no records of any meeting taking place.

 

PLEASE SEND A CORA REQUEST TO NIXONLOOPER THE PUBLIC DEMANDS TO HEAR THE MEETING!!!If one week after Colorado ¨legalizes¨ marijuana and the federal government and the Governor has a closed door meeting to discuss the amendment and it is not made available to the public and no one is going to rase the alarm about that, then may your slave chains set lightly upon you because that is what you are. WHERE IS THE RECORDING OF THE MEETING NIXONLOOPER?http://es.scribd.com/doc/113412582/CORA-Letter-Corey-Donahue-Amendment-64-1  

wtfk
wtfk

"And Coffman isn't the only newly elected or reelected official to offer support -- though, in the latest press release, he remains the sole Republican listed."

 

Ron Paul, who is neither newly elected or re-elected (he didn't run for re-election) does support it, and Tom Tancredo, who is no longer in congress, supports it (which doesn't mean much except to offer an example to Republicans who claim to support free markets.)

wtfk
wtfk

Miracles happen. I wrote him about this (he's "my" congressman until the next term, when Degette will be, and that's probably the only issue I agree with HER on) but I didn't seriously expect him to do it. I still remember hounding him about the issue (of Meds vs Feds) at the 2008 local Republican convention...when he was VERY cold to the idea.

 

Anyway, props.

GrownUp
GrownUp

Healthcare gain !.  Sounds like most of these people need heavy sedation and pain medication. Are street drugs cheaper ? Or is getting Health Insurance and Doctor doctor approvals for medicines to costly ?

mikemcintosh7
mikemcintosh7

@davidsirota It's going to happen in every state because the taxable revenue it is going to generate. WH will not stand in the way.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Someone is thinking about 2014.

Twisted_Shadow
Twisted_Shadow

 @cybertrek Federal policy is what teh majority of the US Citizens say it is. The Federal Government does not have the right to trump the will of the people as we grant them the right to represent us as a nation and not to rule over us.

Twisted_Shadow
Twisted_Shadow

 @DonkeyHotay You talking about the taxes collected on MMJ not RMJ. RMJ (recreational) will be taxed at a much higher rate. Any Hemp clothing and other similar products will be taxed as they already are. 

CloudGang
CloudGang

 @DonkeyHotay Can you please explain what you think is actually going to happen now that a64 passed? Also your reasons?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @betweenthelines 

 

A64 = still not legal

 

A64 = not a single marijuana prisoner freed from jail

 

A64 = a continuation of criminal prohibition against 99.9% of all marijuana users and growers in Colorado.

 

 

wtfk
wtfk

 @GrownUp What is your point? I can tell you as a patient that in a legal pot environment, I will no longer have to spar with idiots who coddle old myths about whether or not my pain meds work for me.

wtfk
wtfk

 @davebarnes EVERYONE is thinking about 2014, with the possible exception of Hickenlooper.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Twisted_Shadow " RMJ (recreational) will be taxed at a much higher rate"

 

1) Why should it be?

 

2) So high that the "black market" will continue to flourish.

 

Factoid: the black markets for alcohol and tobacco are each BILLION$ / year in the U$A.

 

 

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay  @betweenthelines You're right! (except probably that last bit) What do you want to do about it? Whine? I'm guessing you're an I70 (etc.) supporter. So am I. Anything like that, if deemed practical by the public, is at least 23 months away. So what do you plan to do about it in that time--post invectives on internet message systems, directed at people who, though perhaps misguided, want to forge a bit more freedom?

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @Ryan  @DonkeyHotay What do you mean "today"?  We have been doing this for months.  

 

We got booted from the Phoenix Village Voice for quarreling.  WW is our home for juvenile antics.

revwithoutacause
revwithoutacause

 @DonkeyHotay  @wtfk Embrace your labels, motherfuckers. If everyone realizes themselves, then government need only exist on an individual level.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk " I'm for peace and a voluntary order. "

 

And on which planet does this fantasy take place?

 

.

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay Anarchy is an interesting term, that means "without rulers," but people who call themselves anarchists associate themselves with chaos and bomb-throwing. I won't label myself with such violence, but instead, I'm for peace and a voluntary order. What's wrong with that?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk " I'm for less government in EVERY case."

 

So you're a closet Anarchist hiding under Libertarian skirts.

 

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay I say "principled" because conservatives and lefty liberals refer to themselves as "libertarian," when they mean they don't always like authoritarian government, but when it suits their needs, they're for it. I'm for less government in EVERY case.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk  "What's the JOKE about being a principled libertarian?"

 

You're the one that feels it necessary to set yourself apart from regular libertarians.

 

 @wtfk "I hold myself to a standard almost NO ONE meets."

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egomania

 

 

 

 

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

 @wtfk  Donkey is just a crazy hateful little troll. If you post on Westword you get 20 posts from donkey claiming all sorts of crazy shit. This is just the latest example.

 

If you see 200 comments on a westword story 195 of them are Donkey or Donkey pretending to be someone else for a few hours.

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay The venom just POURS out! What's the JOKE about being a principled libertarian? I hold myself to a standard almost NO ONE meets.

 

As fior the question, I have no idea, but I can tell you if 7 people want to enter into marriage in Utah, I WILL NOT SUPPORT STOPPING THEM.

 

If Texas wishes to secede, I WILL NOT SUPPORT STOPPING THEM.

 

ARE WE CRYSTAL CLEAR ON MY "CRED?"

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk  as a "principled" libertarian, do you really think the Feds will exempt a singular state from application of Federal law?

 

What next, Utah asking to reinstate polygamy?

 

Or Texas asking to secede?

 

 

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay  @betweenthelines If you're going to get into that game, I don't even like THAT. I'm for what you could call "de-legislation" of ALL contraband, other than human beings (human slave trafficking--if that's considered contraband.) This means removing ALL legislation, period. Of course, it won't happen, but I support it.

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay  @betweenthelines What do you read in ANYTHING I've written as "preserving" the standard. I support pushing the bounds of the standard to every extent possible, and if that's REMOVING ALL REFERENCE to "marijuana," "marihuana," or cannabis from ALL legislation, I'm absolutely for it. Have I not made that clear? Once again, I DID NOT vote for this initiative. So I don't get where your derision of MY ACTIONS comes from. *I* did not support excluding ANYONE, so get your FACTS STRAIGHT.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk  @betweenthelines 

 

By all means then, preserve "the standard" ... however perverse and discriminatory it is. It's what a "principled" libertarian would do!

 

Factoid = nearly 50% of ALL Marijuana arrests are suffered by those UNDER 21 years old. Makes perfect sense in a "principled" libertarian world to DELIBERATELY EXCLUDE them from ANY protection, as A64 does.

 

 

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay  @betweenthelines Yes, I do. Who do you think those "Shitsuckers" are? Seriously. Are you talking about people over 21 discriminating against those under 21? I'm not for it, but it's standard in the world we inhabit...it's not like that changed in any way.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk  @betweenthelines 

 

Lowlife Fascist Shitsuckers who would -- via Constitutional Amendment -- deliberately and specifically DENY 10s of THOUSANDS of Adults the very same protections they attempt to claim for themselves deserve nothing but invective contempt and disdain.

 

Fuck them, fuck what they stand for, and fuck the horse they rode in on.

 

Any questions?

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay ...and if Google is any indication, your French isn't so hot either.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk 

 

Yo no odio a la verdad, ni los que lo hablan.

 

hth.

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay Sorry. I don't speak read and write French. It's not because there's anything wrong with it. It's just that very few people within 100 miles of me speak it, so it's English and a little bit of Spanish for me. I'm not sure what the compelled you to suddenly twist your tongue as such anyway.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk "A composite view of your comments here shows a hatred for virtually EVERYONE who posts here"

 

Au contraire, mon frère.

 

Je déteste pas la vérité, ni ceux qui la parlent.

 

 

wtfk
wtfk

 @ccapra  Oh...never mind...sometimes the columns don't line up quite right.

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay A composite view of your comments here shows a hatred for virtually EVERYONE who posts here, other than yourself--Democrats, Republicans, unaffiliated, and even principled libertarians. Who DON'T you hate?

wtfk
wtfk

@DonkeyHotay

Seriously. Are you deranged? Do you just spout any shit that pops out due to irrational hatred of--everyone?

 

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay  @davebarnes Who said I was going to "keep" ANYONE in office? I don't even VOTE for politicians. The closest I came was caucusing for Ron Paul in 2008.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk  @davebarnes 

 

You're going to keep a Repuglican in office because he pretends to change his fascist attitude toward recreational drug use?

 

 

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay  @davebarnes Where's the "pipe dream" in the reality that we now have a 24/7/365 re-election environment, in which every politician or hopeful is looking to the next election? What's your problem anyway?

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