Marijuana: Ron Paul co-sponsoring bill asking feds to back off on Amendment 64

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Ron Paul.
Last week, Representative Diana DeGette announced the introduction of a bill asking the federal government to respect the marijuana policies in Washington and Colorado after voters in each state passed pot-law-reform acts, including Amendment 64. Since then, however, the list of legislators co-sponsoring the measure has grown, and among those signing on is Representative Ron Paul, arguably Congress' best-known opponent of the War on Drugs.

The co-sponsors of the so-called Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act were originally listed as representatives Earl Blumenauer (Oregon), Steve Cohen (Tennessee) and Sam Farr (California), plus DeGette and two other reps from Colorado -- Jared Polis, a longtime advocate of drug-law reform (click to see his memorable joust with the DEA's Michele Leonhart) and Mike Coffman, a Republican who publicly opposed the passage of Amendment 64.

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Diana DeGette.
In a statement explaining why he supported DeGette's legislation, Coffman said, "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."

Now, according to a source at DeGette's office, three more notables have joined the legislation as co-sponsors: representatives Barbara Lee (California), Barney Frank (Massachusetts) and Paul, a Texan whose run for the presidency in 2012 revved up an enormous cult following whose size and passion bedeviled ultimate Republican nominee Mitt Romney all the way to the GOP convention.

Both Frank and Paul have had their names on proposals to legalize marijuana in the past. But Paul's participation, in particular, certainly raises the profile of DeGette's bill, since he has talked about the need to junk the current system long before it was fashionable. As evidence, cast an eye toward this 2007 interview with ABC's John Stossel.

Our source in DeGette's office, citing positive feedback from House staffers, expects more legislators to affix their name to the Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act soon. If that comes to pass, the additional backing, coupled with Paul's undoubted ability to rally his legion of fans, should boost the bill's visibility. And during a period when the attention of lawmakers will be fixed on the looming fiscal cliff, it'll need all the help it can get in that respect.

Look below to read the act, as well as a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the DEA's Michele Leonhart asking that the Justice Department allow Colorado and Washington voters to determine their own marijuana policy. The latter is signed by many of the bill's co-sponsors.

Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act
Representatives Letter to Eric Holder and Michele Leonhart

More from our Politics archive: "Marijuana: Mike Coffman, Amendment 64 opponent, to back federal exemption bill."

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jon.cook107
jon.cook107

poor jamiaca, we need 10 tons , they need us dollars! give way mon!

John Twigg
John Twigg

Fuck Ron Paul! he is a Racist insincere bastard IMO, and no, I don't think his position will make one bit of difference.

Ian Morlock
Ian Morlock

We already know how much of a voice Mr. Paul has in the Federal Government. Often heard, rarely listened too.

jon.cook107
jon.cook107

hillery vs jeb bush 2016 yikes! go rand paul!

jon.cook107
jon.cook107

let see what state has a pot fest to sell 1 billion in a day! all sale to keep open a library 24/7! is it hawaii? or ca or maine or colorado! us open pot fest sponsired bu the obummer co

jon.cook107
jon.cook107

i say legalize tax and regulate, take a bite out of the drug cartels ass

jon.cook107
jon.cook107

there is not difference between pot beer and cancerettes

sherob2
sherob2

his is why I liked this man as my Rep when I lived in TX!  A RINO with common sense.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

Streaming live right now from Cassleman's Denver the A-64 symposium, courtesy of TuTone on http://inhale.tv LIVE historic cannabis laws!

Jack Thursby
Jack Thursby

This is the Mad Doctor we're talking here. Outside of his rabid, loud, and delusional fan base, no one really gives two shits what he attaches his name to.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Ron Paul = the official endorsement of Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!

Jake Stella
Jake Stella

on a side note people check out what warren buffet said about the debt ceiling on cnbc.. very clever in my opinion has nothing to do with a64 but its definately a move towards gettin things done pertaining to our deficit

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

Ron Paul is the man .. I don't even care about 64 unless he in

Carrie Appel
Carrie Appel

I'm glad it's getting national attention but would prefer it being backed by a non-racist.

Nic Ellis
Nic Ellis

Yes half those baptist belt republicans are obsessed with ron Paul because he is a constitutionalist that allows freedom of religion. turns texas into a swing state for cannabis laws in its own way. .

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I love that guy ! I still think something crooked occurred w/ the Republican nomination . $$$$$

I'm unaffiliated and have NEVER voted for a Republican president but this very well would have been a first had he received the nomination ....

jon.cook107
jon.cook107

we need a new rev source! pot is the ticket!  drunks are out , only 5 billion LOL

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @tutonehcc Historic FAIL! ... brought to Colorado by Stupid Stoners.

 

A64 did NOT legalize marijuana, not even close.

 

A64 = a Continuation of Criminal Prohibition against Marijuana Users and Growers in Colorado!

 

 

 

attbenjamin
attbenjamin

@COmidnightrider didn't u guys oppose a64? Now ur selling buttons, hypocrites!

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay There is no higher endorsement, coming from you! Thanks a bunch!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @Juan_Leg Ron Paul predicted the mortgage crisis of 2008 back in 2002 in a speech on the House floor.  He was ignored by all of the other reps that were getting big donations from the banks.

 

Ron Paul has never gotten the respect from the GOP that he deserves.

attbenjamin
attbenjamin

@DonkeyHotay @tutonehcc omg dude pls shut up it is because of stupid ppl like u that makes it so hard to pass initiatives like this. A64 is written so it pleases the MAJORITY of ppl. I would love a bill that let's me grow 100 plants and require the sergeant of narcotics to bring me rolling papers when i need some but soccer mom just ain't gonna sign on for that. Now pls stop trolling. Election is over, it passed. U don't like it go fund your own political campaign.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk There's a reason why Libertoonians rarely garner more than 3% of the vote.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt  Of course you heeded his prognostication, and became a multi-millionaire betting against the Mortgage Banks, eh?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @adplatt126  "New taxes and some regulation... You think this is an argument against liberty? "

 

A64 grants TOTAL Regulatory Authority of Marijuana AND Hemp to Big Government.

 

If that's "liberty", who needs fascism, eh?

 

 @adplatt126 " The government having the power to jail you for puffing marijuana or selling it, to confiscate your possessions, to penalize you financially and in a variety of other ways,"

 

A64 does NOT remove ANY jailable criminal marijuana offenses for Possession or Sales for anyone or any age. Under A64 the government still has the power to jail marijuana users, sellers and growers, and confiscate your possessions.

 

A64 specifically allows the Government to continue ALL enforcement actions against EVERYONE under 21 years old.

 

Did you even read the Amendment?

 

 @adplatt126 "Soon there will be an actual market of free competitors"

 

LOL! ... since when is STRICT Government Regulation and Control a "free market" ?

 

 @adplatt126 " less money in the hands of thugs, killers and cartels."

 

Now you sound like a Reefer Madness Government Propagandist.

 

So the Nederland and Mendocino Hippie Cartels are "killers and thugs" ?

 

LOL!

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @adplatt126  @wtfk "Yeah, two primary reasons, closely related. The nation is made up of morons, and those morons' minds are easily manipulated by the immoral, parasites in power, that ultimately own the media. That pretty much sums it up. People think they're choosing freely. Really, they're choosing literal bondage."

 

A Democracy Gets the Government it Deserves!

 

Ipso Facto.

adplatt126
adplatt126

 @DonkeyHotay  @TakingSnowta75  @wtfk This is the silliest argument I've read in a while. New taxes and some regulation... You think this is an argument against liberty? You think this signifies less government control? On the contrary. The government having the power to jail you for puffing marijuana or selling it, to confiscate your possessions, to penalize you financially and in a variety of other ways, seems like far more power, control and overreach than ensuring a drug isn't toxic. Now they have total control. Soon there will be an actual market of free competitors, some basic health standards, less money in the hands of thugs, killers and cartels. How is that total control and prohibition isn't according to you? Only someone who makes up numbers, gives their ideological opponents pejorative pet names; in other words, only someone as delusional as you, could seriously think this is a strong argument.

adplatt126
adplatt126

 @DonkeyHotay  @wtfk Yeah, two primary reasons, closely related. The nation is made up of morons, and those morons' minds are easily manipulated by the immoral, parasites in power, that ultimately own the media. That pretty much sums it up. People think they're choosing freely. Really, they're choosing literal bondage.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @attbenjamin  " U got 6 buddies that are 21 and y'all can rent a warehouse and grow 36 plants"

 

What idiot lawyer gave you that bogus advice?

 

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attbenjamin
attbenjamin

@DonkeyHotay @TakingSnowta75 @wtfk Total control? U can grow six plants if ur 21. U got 6 buddies that are 21 and y'all can rent a warehouse and grow 36 plants! How long will it take for y'all to smoke 30-80lbs of weed? How is that total control? And its not like we aren't already buying a plant for 160 an ounce when it costs $5oz to grow if ur facility isn't "secret". We are simply taking the money from the black market. And now ppls insatiable desire to get high can fill the insatiable state coffer and thus we have balance.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @cherokeefupa  " I don't think I've ever heard of the dept of revenue"

 

Priceless.

 

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @TakingSnowta75  @wtfk 

 

A64 surrenders TOTAL CONTROL of Marijuana over to Big Government Regulators -- with badges and guns -- and offers $40,000,000.00+ in NEW Taxes to the insatiable state Dept. of Revenue.

 

How does that fit your supposed Liberkookian agenda?

 

Be specific.

 

 

TakingSnowta75
TakingSnowta75

 @DonkeyHotay  @wtfk Because of closed minded individuals that believe the government is out for your best interest instead of profit....... like you?

attbenjamin
attbenjamin

@DonkeyHotay @kevin_hunt The stock market isn't a horse race, unless ppl put bets on horses they think will lose. Ur logic is ridiculous. U can only become a millionaire by betting on stocks u think will win.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt  and what a fine ass it is, Kevin.

 

Büch Dich ... and prepare to be "regulated"  !!

 

 

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