Marijuana: Jared Polis signs on to latest bill asking feds to respect state pot laws

Categories: Marijuana

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Photos, documents below.
Despite ramped-up pressure from national media outlets, the federal government still has not offered a response to the December 10 signing of Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of marijuana.

Into this vacuum have stepped a number of legislators, including Colorado Representative Jared Polis, who's co-sponsoring a bill calling for the feds to let state cannabis measures stand.

The latest bill, introduced on Friday, is entitled the "Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013."

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Dana Rohrbacher.
Sponsored by California Representative Dana Rohrbacher and on view below, it's a very succinct proposal. The legislation calls for an amendment to one section of the Controlled Substances Act, which currently treats marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic with no acknowledged medical efficacy. The new section, featuring the antiquated "marihuana" spelling used in the CSA, reads:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provisions of this subchapter related to marihuana shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with State laws relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of marihuana.
Democrats like Polis aren't the only ones behind Rohrbacher's measure. Fellow Dems Earl Blumenauer (Oregon) and Steve Cohen (Tennessee) are joined in co-sponsorship by Republicans Justin Amash (Michigan) and Don Young (Alaska) -- and Rohrbacher is also a member of the GOP.

"This bipartisan bill represents a common-sense approach that establishes federal government respect for all states' marijuana laws," Rohrabacher maintains in a statement. "It does so by keeping the federal government out of the business of criminalizing marijuana activities in states that don't want it to be criminal."

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Jared Polis.
Polis agrees. In a comment shared by his staff earlier today, he says, "With a majority of Americans supporting marijuana legalization and nineteen states and jurisdictions having already moved forward with decriminalizing marijuana for medical or personal use, it's long past time for the federal government to acknowledge that the war on drugs has failed.

"This bill represents a big step forward in protecting from federal prosecution Americans engaging in activity that is legal in their state, and I'm pleased to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in this important effort."

What are the odds that this bill gains traction? Well, it's not the first measure of its type to be introduced since Colorado voters pushed Amendment 64 to victory -- and neither is it the first to win Polis's stamp of approval.

Continue for more about the latest federal marijuana bill plus a previous proposal, complete with photos, a video and original documents.


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joannforsberg
joannforsberg

The DEA can and will say whatever it wills in court and be allowed to do so as if it is a truth. For their is no justice in a Federal Court.


Justice in a Federal American court is one sided, the DEA, which is why they have a 98% conviction rate. It is worst than most third-world countries and their sense of justice. For in those countries the "lines, as bad as they are, are clearly drawn". 

The Federal DEA has the liberty of picking and choosing in America who to raid, steal, destroy, they want lies, if it fits what they want said. Thus, their greatest tool is “dealing”.

They will convict American Citizens, as it is easier to do so than going after true drug dealers. As they have the liberty of "picking and choosing" whose lives they desire to destroy. 

Truly the DEA did nothing to "put us in prison"; they just picked us off a vine because of our openness and honesty in the community about plants. 

They will receive their gold star from Washington D.C. for having put in prison a "drug leader" when it is all a lie and they know it. 

For in their investigation into our lives they found “nothing” but hard work, kind people, who are normal humans.  People who have spent a lifetime involved in charity work in society. 

But, truth does not matter, what matters is feeding their evil system, then getting a pats on the back to keep a job. 

American non-justice that exists today sickens me. Truly, in controlling nations the citizens don’t have a wishy-washy system.

The DEA can’t have our family, for we stand as a unit, our hearts, for they shall not make us bitter, and they cannot have our dignity, for we know we are American Citizens who have spent a lifetime attempting to work, improve and help America. Call us what they will, it is their lies, we have a lifetime behind us already proving we attempt to follow laws and treat others as we would desire to be treated.  

The Forsberg family out of Michigan, who followed all State Laws, asked Local Officials for permission and were raided by the DEA for our openness and honesty, so easy pickings.  Two family members are now headed to prison for years from the DEA Prosecution of us. 


Carson Stem
Carson Stem

funny, people step up for marijuana but when the govermet tries to take our constitution we just let it happen.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Not matter how stupid it is .....

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

They are not your friedns the Westword and Toke of the Town are owned by the same Villiage Voice Media Holdings so really they are the same thing.

Che Harness
Che Harness

I guess that's my problem for thinking that Democracy is the proper way for societies to establish social values. And that a Representative Republic is evil, easily corruptible, and should never have a role in establishing social morality.

Half Aspen
Half Aspen

Sure you can disagree but they've a right to their opinion, even if it is based upon fallacies. For example, most in Tennessee disapprove of its legalization hence the state's representative opposing a change in Congress. It's how it works. Change at the federal level is a slow an arduous journey for that very reason. I believe most would agree with what you're saying but others whose votes and opinions deserve equal respect would disagree. As for rights, rights are merely privileges extended to the populace by the powers that be whether from our Congress, a King, or a Dictator. They're nothing more.

Che Harness
Che Harness

Sure you can...when their thought process has been warped by a "cheech and chong" vision of what a marijuana user is, you can most certainly disagree. I'm a legal and taxpaying citizen of these United States, I deserve to have my non-violent lifestyle respected and to not have to fight for rights that never should have been taken in the first place.

Half Aspen
Half Aspen

In our state however, we've every right to demand that our politicians respect our vote and pass reasonable laws governing the legalization of marijuana. Any who fail to do so obviously have no respect for our Constitution and more important, our vote. Failure to hold them accountable during future elections does nothing but further erode our rights.

Half Aspen
Half Aspen

Because their constituents may not support the legalization of marijuana. It's a divisive matter and both sides have valid arguments supporting their position. You can't discount the naysayers simply because you don't agree with them.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Oppression and DENIAL of CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, of the WE THE PEOPLE Marijuana Minority!

DonkeyHotay
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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Che Harness ... yes, Mob Rule is such a better system, without those representatives forcing the public to end such institutions as Slavery, Segregation, Lynchings, and Genocide against the minorities.


stuka1
stuka1

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