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Boulder Dem. Polis Plans To Push Decriminalizing
Posted by CN Staff on January 04, 2011 at 10:05:54 PT
By Allison Sherry, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Boulder -- If Colorado was allowed to treat marijuana like alcohol  or any other medicine, for that matter  pot dispensaries could freely set up business bank accounts without fear of federal prosecution and marijuana could, like corn and wheat, be grown openly in national forests.This is according to U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat, who said he plans to push a law in the new Congress that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level so that states with medicinal laws on the books, like Colorado, could treat it as they wish.
Under Polis' structure, marijuana laws would be extremely local  similar to states that have so-called dry, alcohol- free counties."It's not in the federal government's realm," Polis said. "I'm proud of Colorado being a pioneer in this regard and setting up a regulatory structure. We've benefited in tax revenues and I think it's dealt a big blow to criminalize it."The Obama administration has urged federal prosecutors' tolerance in prosecuting pot possession in the more than a dozen states that have medical-marijuana laws on the books.But Polis continues to push full decriminalization in case future administrations  and federal Drug Enforcement Agency chiefs  may not be so friendly.He also believes that a law protecting states means banks would be more comfortable setting up interstate accounts with pot dispensaries. Snipped   Complete Article: http://www.denverpost.com/news/marijuana/ci_16990651Source: Denver Post (CO)Author: Allison Sherry, The Denver PostPublished: January 2, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: http://www.denverpost.com/Contact: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #3 posted by ekim on January 10, 2011 at 08:09:19 PT
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis please read
Economics and Marijuana: Consumption, Pricing and Legalisation by Kenneth W. Clements and Xueyan Zhao (Hardcover - Dec 14, 2009
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Comment #2 posted by Paul Pot on January 10, 2011 at 00:58:05 PT:
prop 19 again?
It sounds like he's talking about prop 19. It seems someone didn't think it was a bad idea. Let's hope he gets his way!
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Comment #1 posted by ripit on January 04, 2011 at 10:37:47 PT
sounds like good news!
can it be that we have someone in office who knows what they are doing for once!
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