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Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act: Sponsor Jared Polis claims bipartisan support

Jared Polis.
As Colorado lawmakers attempt to figure out the federal government's stance on Amendment 64, a potential light at the end of the tunnel popped up on Tuesday. Representatives Jared Polis and Earl Blumenauer unveiled the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, a measure that would effectively decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The bill is being introduced in response to what Polis called the "enormous evolution of American opinion."

According to Polis, who joined Oregon rep Blumenauer for a teleconference yesterday afternoon, "Americans have increasingly come to the conclusion that the drug war is a failed policy. We need to address it as a public health issue rather than a security issue."

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Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer.
The bill would not affect the current legal status of marijuana in any jurisdiction. Rather, it would allow states that have voted to legalize medical or recreational marijuana to implement regulations without fear of prosecution from any part of the federal government, including the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Blumenauer echoed Polis' statements, agreeing that states should be allowed to regulate marijuana how they please without having to worry about the federal government. He referenced President Obama's statement that he had "bigger fish to fry."

"Point in fact, down the federal drug enforcement food chain, there are still people who are frying those fish," Blumenauer said. "This is the Congress that we need to step up and tackle these problems head-on."

Though both Polis and Blumenauer stressed that there is bipartisan backing for the bill, they were unwilling to reveal any specific names. Instead, they referenced "growing support for the bill," adding that there are "about twenty people who are going to play a more active role" as the proposed bill moves forward.

Continue to read more comments from Jared Polis about the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, including a fact sheet about the measure and the complete bill.



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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The Press Democrat said marijuana has been at the center of 22 killings in the North Coast area of California in the past decade, with seven of those taking place in Sonoma County.

"Most of our violent crime is related to marijuana, the theft of marijuana, the growing of marijuana," O'Leary told the Press Democrat.

Boulder County Chief Trial Deputy District Attorney Ken Kupfner said he could not say whether Klarkowski was the subject of an active investigation here.

However, he has seen a number of cases in which defendants were bringing large quantities of marijuana from California to Colorado, despite the widespread availability of the drug here.

"In a number of large-scale investigations we've conducted, there is a surprising amount of marijuana being brought in from California, and that is because there is a significant price difference," Kupfner said, speaking generally and not about the possible motives of Klarkowski and Lewin. 

"It is much cheaper in California, so for people looking to make a profit, they are buying it in California and bringing it to Colorado."

jerrycook
jerrycook

As it was so close in vote already, and since things are changing more quickly now, the Oregon (Paul Stanford) model basic may be the future, including in Oregon next vote. 

In this, you can grow with no notice for personal use, like any herb, flower, or veggie.  Amounts will vary state to state.  Sales involve tax, like any biz. Details by state.  Some work to do with that, but no need to over complicate rules. Coffeeshops & dispensaries finesse things and work for sales in relaxed conditions. Combine into a new model.

 This is a great deal more possible with the passage of the Polis bill.  The other bill trying to go with this, a 50% tax at the grow-first (wholesale) sale level, is just way too high, on top of a state tax. 

The first bill is the end of Fed prohibition.  The second, a rip-off.  Apparently, about 10 new bills to be added in Congress this year. We shall see something new by the end of this year.    Real change is on at last.  Finesse on rules will follow.  By by prohibitionists.  Your cartels lose. 

Mozart99
Mozart99

I think we have a closet gay here. Does he smoke also. Remember what Leviticus says: if a man lies down with a man he should be stoned.

DonkeyisHATEFUL
DonkeyisHATEFUL

Below you will see words from Aaron Sawyer, employee of IBM who is on a personal mission to throw insults at the world.  Somebody better put this fool in a rubber room before he goes "theater".

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

                    *** Ending Federal Homosexual Prohibition Act ***

                            -- Regulate Homosexuality Like Alcohol --


Sound like something you'd swallow, eh Jared?



CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

17(b) REDESIGNATION OF BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES AS BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, MARIJUANA , FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES.

Wait wasn´t the BATF the ones who were running guns to gangs in Mexico under opperation Fast and Furious?  Yeah let´s add the huge budget from the DEA´s domestic marijuana budger to the new BATMF so we have two types of law enforcemnt for the war on drugs. The DEA for everything everywhere and the BATMF for marijuana in the United States.  Oh and let´s give some more power to the Secetary of Tresuary, Tim Geithner. Hey wait wasn´t Tim Geithner the one who helped push through the greatest robery ever know, the 2008 bailout!  I am sure this all will work out fine, with the political awaerness and polititcal courage the people of America have what could possably go wrong? 

IdealistsIdiots
IdealistsIdiots

@CoreyDonahue You people kill me. You are so absolutely blind to the realities that you live in this fantasy land that, while certainly Utopian, is not within reach. Donk, Chippi and yourself to need face the reality that is in front of you. You act as if your solutions are even remotely possible at this point. They are not. Progress is being made and as much as you can't stand that it's not YOUR progress, it is real progress. Be happy that this is turning into a legitimate conversation because ten years ago this type of bill would have been mocked and laughed out of government. I admire your revolutionary ways, but come on back to what is actually possible. Would you prefer that nothing changes and we go back to the way things were fifteen years ago just because it's not perfect? If you actually gave half a shit about the cause you would understand that change doesn't happen overnight, but slow, steady progress is better than nothing. Unless you are a black market drug dealer who is fearing for your livelihood. In that case, I could see your point... 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Case ... and you can't cultivate more than 6 relationships, only 3 of which are mature and producing any love.


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Furthermore, once the regulation has started, the damage is done, because you're not reversing that crap. See alcohol regulations, tobacco regulations, ad nauseum.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@IdealistsIdiots @CoreyDonahue Somehow, more regulation doesn't seem like progress. It's said that perfect is the enemy of good, but I think constipatedly regulated is the enemy of free.

Keep in mind that alcohol, tobacco, firearms and pharma are hopelessly entwined in stupendously byzantine regulations. I know this, having written reports to satisfy BATFE and the FDA. There are times when less is more. When it involves the state, it's just about always one of those times.

IdealistIdiots
IdealistIdiots

@DonkeyisHATEFUL @DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident

 Stop trying. You can't reason with these people. They live in a fantasyland that you or I cannot possibly understand. I mean, Corey fancies himself Gandhi because he got locked up for tapping some guy's nutsack. Nice civil disobedience! MLK would be so fucking proud! These are not the people we want fronting for our cause. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DonkeyisHATEFUL "We've been regulated for 80 years... the current system is a vast improvement"

@batteredwife "I've been beaten and abused for decades ... the current beatings and abuse are a vast improvement over the old beatings and abuse"

With self-imposed "vast improvement" like that, who needs the DEA?

Now bend over and receive the Fist of Regulation you begged for ... it's New and Improved!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident 

Like a Battered Wife who constantly returns home for more "love" ... these cowardly statist surrender-monkeys crave the government Fist of Regulation up their collective rectums.

Bück Dich and prepare to get REGULATED.


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