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Could Paul and Frank's Bill Spell an End to Federal Law Against MarijuanaOpinion by Tim King Salem-News.com
It's mostly just blowing smoke, Republicans say it won't go anywhere.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Could the real end of federal laws against marijuana be around the corner? According to The AP, the bill was introduced by Democrat Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Texas Republican Ron Paul who is running in the GOP presidential nomination.
These two high profile politicians aren't alone; four Democrats joined this bipartisan pair and are co-sponsors of the legislation. They are Michigan's John Conyers, Michigan, California's Barbara Lee, Colorado's Jared Polis and Steve Cohen of Tennessee.
What the bill that was introduced Thursday stands to do, is take marijuana off of the list of federal controlled substances. Legal control would then remain with the particular state's laws that regulate, criminalize or minimize criminality in criminal cases involving cannabis.
The proposed change would remove penalties that specifically target pot, however it will maintain laws against crossing state lines with it. The double edged sword might be slightly dulled by the fact that states would at last finally have control over the herb's use and not constantly have federal authorities undermining the will of the individual state's voters.
As The AP reports, this legislation would eliminate marijuana-specific penalties under federal law, but would maintain a ban on transporting marijuana across state lines. It would allow individuals to grow and sell marijuana in states that make it legal.
However, they also wrote that this bill does not have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House.
That is expected. I am writing an article right now about the bloody revolution about to erupt in Mexico which will leave Los Zetas Cartel in charge of the entire country. The republicans who back big pharma have a couple of major wake up calls coming down the line. Big pharma and its supporters will see this country end as we know it very soon.
Men like Frank and Paul and the four democrats are good for trying to help the people of this nation get past a propaganda disease that began in the 1930's. It was cited that the bill would never get through the House Judiciary Committee. According to Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, his panel would not consider it.
"Marijuana use and distribution is prohibited under federal law because it has a high potential for abuse and does not have an accepted medical use in the U.S.," Smith said.
Of course in the opinion of the medical marijuana movement, he is a pathetic sold out liar of a politician who, if he were Pinocchio, would never make it out of a small room alive with statements like that. Men like this are so far up the rear side of big pharma groups like Purdue, that they could never get out alive.
"The Food and Drug Administration has not approved smoked marijuana for any condition or disease."
Right, the agency that approved Phen Phen and allowed Purdue to originially market Oxycontin as 'non lethal and non addictive'. Unbelievable, and he was also quoted by The AP saying, "Decriminalizing marijuana will only lead to millions more Americans becoming addicted to drugs and greater profits for drug cartels who fund violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Allowing states to determine their own marijuana policy flies in the face of Supreme Court precedent."
He could not be more wrong, America is headed for the edge of a cliff and I hope he's the first to go.
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