Lawmakers Brace for Marijuana Vote-a-Rama
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Lawmakers Brace for Marijuana Vote-a-Rama
Posted by CN Staff on June 02, 2015 at 08:02:03 PT
By Tim Devaney 
Source: Hill
Washington, D.C. -- Lawmakers are prepping for what could turn into a marijuana vote-a-rama Wednesday, sources say. Pot advocates expect lawmakers to introduce at least half a dozen marijuana-related appropriations amendments that would roll back the Justice Department’s authority to enforce drug laws around the country.The marijuana amendments would handicap the Department of Justice (DOJ) in its fight with states over the enforcement of local pot laws.
“The politics have continued to shift in favor of marijuana law reform,” said Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority."For a long time, lawmakers treated marijuana as a third-rail issue that was too dangerous to touch,” he added. "But now that polling shows a growing majority of voters supports ending prohibition, more and more elected officials are starting to realize that demonstrating leadership on this issue has political benefits instead of harms.”The marijuana amendments come as part of the Justice Department’s funding bill, which dictates the terms in which the agency can use the money.Pot advocates are making a big push in advance of the vote to rally lawmakers to their side.The Justice Department would be prohibited from using federal funds to interfere with states’ medical marijuana laws under an amendment expected from the California delegation — Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R) and Sam Farr (D).The measure was approved by Congress for the first time in 2014 but it must be renewed each year when the DOJ’s spending bill expires.Some lawmakers hope to push the boundaries even further.An amendment from Reps. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) would prohibit DOJ from using federal funds to interfere with any state marijuana law, including laws permitting the recreational use of pot."This amendment will not only protect critically ill medical marijuana patients from federal prosecution but, unlike previous versions, will also apply to adult [recreational] use of marijuana in states where it is legal, like Colorado and Washington,” wrote Dan Riffle, director of federal policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, in an email to supporters asking them to lobby their congressmen on the issue.Another amendment, from Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), would protect state hemp laws from DOJ interference. This would pave the way for farmers to grow hemp in the U.S.Hemp comes from the same plant as pot, but it does not have the same intoxicating effect, Angell said. Instead, hemp is used to make things like paper, rope and textiles."You don’t smoke hemp,” Angell said. "It wouldn’t get you high."Several other pot amendments are still in the works, including one that would shift money in the Drug Enforcement Agency's budget away from enforcing marijuana laws toward solving the rape kit backlog and funding treatment programs for veterans, Riffle said.Source: Hill, The (US DC)Author: Tim Devaney Published: June 1, 2015Copyright: 2015 The HillContact: jennifery thehill.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #12 posted by runruff on June 05, 2015 at 07:03:56 PT
Edgar Rice Burroughs is who I was thinking of. I have read some of W.S. Burroughs also and saw at least one movie made from his books.I'm old, I get confused if I drink ice water too fast!
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Comment #11 posted by runruff on June 04, 2015 at 19:14:26 PT
During my military medical training 
all the guys in our barracks read Tarzan so we passed his books around. So yes I know Burroughs. Thank you for the references. 
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Comment #10 posted by kaptinemo on June 04, 2015 at 18:45:40 PT:
Runruff, ever read William S. Burroughs?
He had the kind of mindset that supports prohibition pegged, the kind of arrogantly self-righteous Church Lady attitude you'd expect from a prohib. When I read this interview so long ago, I realized what kind of people support prohibition from a religious aspect...and how dangerous they were. And this hypocrite Souder called us immoral for recreational drug use?As Burroughs put it so succinctly, Souder and his ilk can be summed up as follows: "...decent church-goin' women, with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces." The men are worse: "N****r-killin' lawmen, feeling their notches." Ferguson and Baltimore were very public; in Burrough's day, the oppressioon was done in back rooms and alleyways. But it was the same game, nothing new.His 'Thanksgiving Prayer' isn't for the sociopolitically naive: But it is very relevant for us.
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Comment #9 posted by Canis420 on June 04, 2015 at 14:20:53 PT:
waving back
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Comment #8 posted by runruff on June 04, 2015 at 09:46:58 PT
Mark Souder!
Don't get me started on this piece of slug slime.Liar or deluded moron, either way he cheated on his life's partner therefor he betrayed his family for a moment of bliss.He is one more repulican phoney who cannot live up to his own standards. Don't get me started!
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Comment #7 posted by kaptinemo on June 04, 2015 at 08:06:59 PT:
My, how things have changed: 
Compare what's been happening lately with 1999: Mark Souder's testimony. The same blind, ignorant, self-righteous evil he expressed back then is still at work. We still have a lot of work to do, but we've come a long way since those very dark days.
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on June 04, 2015 at 07:42:16 PT
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Comment #5 posted by Canis420 on June 04, 2015 at 01:47:53 PT:
We shall see runruff...
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on June 02, 2015 at 21:03:24 PT
Glad to be wrong...maybe?
I am reading here and there that new boss is NOT the same as the old boss? Huffpo has a couple of articles, for one. I see we may be in for some pleasant suprises? Even though I know he will not be in line with us, he may , at least, be heading in that direction? As public trough feeders go, some are worse than others.
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on June 02, 2015 at 13:48:04 PT
Let them eat stake.
"Cannabis prohibition has damaged America extensively; it is vulgar and fueled by greed and must be treated like a vampire." prohibitionists should be treated like vampires.
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Comment #2 posted by swazi-x on June 02, 2015 at 13:25:31 PT
Let It Bleed...
It's a good day when these jackals begin to see the end of their abusive, criminal control over us. I agree a stake through the heart is the final solution - fiscally speaking of course - but there's a deep pleasure knowing they can see the end of the road coming for them. Like rats in a slowly sinking ship in the middle of the Atlantic - they can squeak all they want but they know they're already doomed. As it should be.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on June 02, 2015 at 09:48:07 PT
Bleed the Draconian Enforcement Agency. 
You can fiscally bleed the DEA to weaken it but to kill it will take a stake through the heart!
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