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Jun-24-2011 14:59printcomments

Could Paul and Frank's Bill Spell an End to Federal Law Against Marijuana

It's mostly just blowing smoke, Republicans say it won't go anywhere.

Barney Frank and Ron Paul
Barney Frank and Ron Paul

(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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June 26, 2011 6:24 pm (Pacific time)

I just want to grow my hemp and make textiles.


Jeff June 26, 2011 9:22 am (Pacific time)

I support ending the federal prohibition on marijuana. The 10th Amendment of the Constitution makes it clear that this is not a power granted to the federal government, this is a power that is reserved for the states and/or the people. Anyone who supports this bill should do some research on the co-sponsor who is running for President. Just Google: "Ron Paul" or "Ron Paul Flix". Ron Paul is already influencing the positions of others running for president, as Ron Paul has common sense solutions for US government problems that buck the establishment. Learn about Ron Paul and join the peaceful revolution to restore liberty to America.


Cheryl Kopp June 25, 2011 8:29 am (Pacific time)

I think the Texan Republican Lamar Smith has too much power! The USA is still a democracy contrary to many views in our Congress. We the people still have the vote. Decriminalizing Marijuana is an issue of the people. Get our kids out of jail, start working on the messed up family lives incarceration has caused and start taking care of our citizens. Even though I am not a Ron Paul fan, and I've always voted as a Democrat, I am going to vote for Ron Paul for President in 2012, and I am going to encourage and help other citizens Register to Vote and Vote in 2012.


CIA won't abide June 25, 2011 5:16 am (Pacific time)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2124768001438334953andemb=1andhl=en This bill does not have a chance of passing: The CIA hates the competition.


seabourne June 24, 2011 10:15 pm (Pacific time)

Help the bill pass - Sign the petition to "Change the Schedule of Cannabis, Cannabis Laws, and Drug Czar Laws". Read and sign the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/change-the-schedule-of-cannabis-cannabis-laws-and-drug-czar-laws Each signature sends an email petition letter to both Senators and the House Representative of the signer. After you sign send an email invite, share on facebook or twitter from the petition page. Be sure your Representatives know you want change! Then contact Chairman Lamar Smith of the House Judiciary Committee said he would not even consider the proposal. http://lamarsmith.house.gov/


seabourne June 24, 2011 10:09 pm (Pacific time)

Help the bill pass - Sign the petition to "Change the Schedule of Cannabis, Cannabis Laws, and Drug Czar Laws". Read and sign the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/change-the-schedule-of-cannabis-cannabis-laws-and-drug-czar-laws Each signature sends an email petition letter to both Senators and the House Representative of the signer. After you sign send an email invite, share on facebook or twitter from the petition page. Be sure your Representatives know you want change! Then contact Chairman Lamar Smith of the House Judiciary Committee said he would not even consider the proposal. http://lamarsmith.house.gov/

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