Marijuana: Cory Gardner to be targeted for vote against defunding federal MMJ raids

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Cory Gardner. More photos below.
Last week, we shared news about the U.S. House voting to defund DEA medical marijuana raids in states where the substance is legal. But that doesn't mean the count was unanimous -- even here.

Indeed, three of Colorado's seven representatives voted against the defunding amendment, including U.S. senatorial candidate Cory Gardner -- and a representative for NORML, among the nation's most prominent marijuana-advocacy organizations, confirms that it hopes to target officials like him for anti-pot votes.

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Dana Rohrabacher.
As we've reported, the aforementioned vote came in conjunction with H.R. 4660, a massive appropriations bill for "the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 15, 2015," according to the bill.

Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, proposed an amendment to the measure that reads like so:

AMENDMENT TO H.R. 4660, AS REPORTED (CJS APPROPRIATIONS) OFFERED BY MR. ROHRABACHER OF CALIFORNIA

At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:

SEC. ll. None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.

The final vote tally was 219 to 189, and in its wake, marijuana advocates cheered the outcome. After all, previous amendments of this sort hadn't gotten anywhere close to passage. The Marijuana Majority's Tom Angell told us the previous high-water mark was 165 votes in favor way back in 2007.

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Mike Coffman voted in favor of defunding federal medical marijuana raids.
As documented in the official-count document, accessible here, the Colorado representatives voting to defund included three Democrats -- Jared Polis, Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette -- as well as one Republican, Mike Coffman.

The latter is embroiled in what's thought to be a tough reelection campaign against likely Dem standard-bearer Andrew Romanoff, which may lead some observers to see his support for defunding as politically calculated. But even though Coffman opposed Amendment 64, the 2012 measure that legalized limited marijuana use and possession by adults age 21 and over, he backed a measure asking that Colorado be exempted from federal marijuana policy mere days after voters approved it. A statement explaining his support quotes him as saying, "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."

Coffman's fellow Republican reps from Colorado apparently feel no such compunction in regard to DEA medical marijuana actions. Voting against the defunding amendment were Scott Tipton, Doug Lamborn and Gardner, who's been running close to sitting U.S. Senator Mark Udall in opinion polls over the past few months.

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NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre during a C-SPAN appearance.
Can voters in favor of progressive-marijuana policy make a difference in the Gardner-Udall race? NORML certainly believes so. Over the weekend, the organization posted the amendment's roll call on its Facebook page (likes: more than 593,000) along with a contact link to use in order to "either thank/shame them" -- and NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre hopes such efforts will bring more attention to Gardner's vote in ways that might impact the upcoming election.

"NORML is in a great position to highlight individual voting positions and things officials have said publicly," St. Pierre told us during an interview about the organization opening a new office in Colorado. He adds that "even three or four years ago, some might say it would be a badge of honor to be attacked by NORML, but that's not the case now."

In Pierre's view, "the worm has turned" due to increasing popular support for marijuana legalization in Colorado and nationwide, and as a result, "it's likely that we will have the ability to direct people to these votes" -- particularly in the case of Gardner, whose race against Udall "has huge national implications."

Whether highlighting a politician's anti-pot stance might be enough to sway an election is unknown at this point. But no longer can such a prospect be dismissed out of hand.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Marijuana archive circa May 30: "U.S. House votes to defund DEA medical marijuana raids in Colorado, other MMJ states."

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Ray Moore
Ray Moore

Ya cuz the Democratic led white house is doing so darn good for us right now...dumbasses

Wendy Dennie
Wendy Dennie

Shocker, this misogynist fuck is paid off by big pharma and tobacco? Vote out reTHUGlicans people, wake up

Roy Hovland
Roy Hovland

He fits in just fine in his secessionist House district. Statewide? Not so much.

Luis Posada
Luis Posada

They don't have the clout but he should be voted out

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Gardner is just too extreme for Colorado.  The same can be said of several of his republican co-conspirators.  There voting records are more in line with Iran.

John P. Koury
John P. Koury

Gardner is a nuttier-than-usual republican radical whose district wanted to secede from Colorado, with his blessing. That alone should disqualify him to any rational voter - which means he'll carry his rural district, El Paso County, and little else.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Gotta fight fire with fire sometimes.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

libertarians are even bigger corporate whores than the dems and reps

Michael Apostle
Michael Apostle

170 Dems and 49 repubs voted for the bill - so...who passed it again?

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

That seals the deal for me. Where's the voting booth?

Tessera Weiss
Tessera Weiss

Why is this lunatic even running in Colorado? Shouldn't he be throwing his hat in the ring somewhere more conservative like Oklahoma or Iran?

Dawn Lopez
Dawn Lopez

Matthew Hess for Governor, vote Libertarian

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

They won't have to do much, just keep reminding people he's a Tea Bagger.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

John Mccall you're an idiot. What's with the racial crap? Do you know that it was the Republicans in the US House that passed the bill? You're "white male Republican" BS is tired you're a jackass.

Rob Heath
Rob Heath

Leave him a voicemail that it's shameful. (202) 225-4676 DC, USA

Cliff Lopez
Cliff Lopez

already with the hit piece....Westword has is liberal bias

John Mccall
John Mccall

Another ignorant, white, male Republican strikes again. Colorado voters can see right through this clown and he won't get elected to the senate.

Suni Daze
Suni Daze

oh yeah .....that combined with his stance against women !!! BYE !!!

Jonathan Sublette
Jonathan Sublette

My ballot is in my hand.. I know it's Federal, but how about funding raids on liquor stores? How much $ are they hiding & not paying taxes on? There is 1 audit per 300 liquor stores.. & 1 for every 10 dispensaries already. Do ur research Mr. Gardner

Cliff Sneary
Cliff Sneary

Yes. We need help in Oklahoma. Chad Moody for our Governor.

Dan Fogle
Dan Fogle

Bye bye dumb ass. Get him out. He needs other dumb asses to do his advertising. Marco really.

PoliticalFreaks
PoliticalFreaks

Don't vote for any of these scumbags, they all dine at the same little boy loving country clubs. Find yourself a nice libertarian candidate that will at least attempt to uphold the law of the land. Our Constitution.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

By all means don't vote for Fascist Party candidates like Corey Gardner, but don't vote for Collaborationist Party candidates either -- both parties voted to reinstitute felonies for cannabis in Colorado last year.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Voting against the defunding amendment were Repuglycan Scott Tipton, Rethuglycan Doug Lamborn and Repiglickin Gardner ...


Ah yes, the Party of Bigotry, Hatred and Ignorance.



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yes, much better than when it was under republican control.  Don't you remember, or is your romnesia acting up?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

He's all for choice, as long as the choice is being made by his big nanny state loving conservative cult.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

While conservative feelings exist in a fact free, cult addled universe, FACTS ARE LIBERAL.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

HipTip: Reality has a Liberal bias.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... get back in the Kitchen, woman!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Hulbert, Oklahoma, America's rectum.

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