Jan 162016
 January 16, 2016
andy harris marijuana

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Maryland Congressman Andy Harris has been a thorn in the sides of marijuana reform supporters since he was first elected. Representative Harris has used his position in Congress to try to thwart reform efforts in Washington D.C. specifically, first trying to derail decriminalization in Washington D.C., and then once that didn’t work he focused his efforts towards fighting marijuana legalization in Washington D.C.. Andy Harris has led the charge in a big way against marijuana reform in Congress, and it sounds like not only is he obviously on the wrong side of history, but that voters are likely to take him to task for that position.

Andy Harris is up for re-election this year, and according to a recent poll, is likely on his way out. One of his opponents, Michael Smigiel, supports the will of D.C. voters and thinks that Andy Harris was blatantly wrong for trying to stand in the way of what D.C. voters clearly wanted when they approved marijuana legalization by a wide margin. Mr. Smigiel was way out in front according to the previously mentioned poll. Per The Washingtonian:

What could it cost Representative Andy Harris to be Congress’s leading voice against DC’s legalization of marijuana? Perhaps his career in national politics, according to a new poll of primary voters in the conservative Republican’s Maryland district which shows him losing badly to one of his three challengers.

Michael Smigiel, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates from the Eastern Shore, nabbed 58 percent in the poll taken last week, with Harris only pulling in half as much support at 29 percent. And Harris, who was first elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave, appears to have lost favor with his constituents precisely because of his attempts to derail DC’s decriminalization and later legalization of marijuana—59 percent of those surveyed said that Harris’s meddling in a local jurisdiction’s affairs made them less likely to vote for him.

“He says federal law trumps state law,” Smigiel says in a phone interview. “That’s absolutely wrong. Even though Congress looks over what the District does, the voters went to the polls.”

This is a very big deal. If Andy Harris isn’t re-elected, it increases the chances that Washington D.C. will be able to eventually have a regulated recreational market. It will also increase the momentum in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition altogether. If you live in Maryland, this is your chance to oust a horrible Congressman, and if you don’t live in Maryland, you should support Representative Harris’ opponent(s) because as we have seen with his opposition to D.C.’s efforts, Andy Harris will try to prevent marijuana reform in your area if he has any say in the matter. There’s going to be some very important votes coming up in Congress, and it would help if Andy Harris wasn’t in office to cast his automatic anti-marijuana vote.

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  • QuaxMercy

    Thanks for the update on this doufus, Johnny. Best news of the day.

  • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

    With regulation comes enforcers.

    No more regulated than tomatoes.

    • Duncan20903

      It doesn’t have the proverbial snowball’s chance in Hell of happening that way.

      • http://www.organibliss.com Doc Deadhead

        I wouldn’t say that, in Michigan we have a possible ballot proposal (gathering sigs right now) for total abrogation of prohibition.

        Yes, the removal of prohibition, the Gov will still come up with regs for retail stores and such but no one will ever be fined or jailed for pot possession.

        Totally legal by the people.

        Not just a ‘legal’ status granted by the Gov that can be changed.

        The will of the people shall outweigh the will of a few haters.

        VOTE ALL HATERS OUT IN 2016

        WE ARE THE MAJORITY!!!

        • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

          How many tomato plants will you be allowed to grow?

        • Terry Reed

          That’s what we have in Alaska … it’s NOT illegal now. BUT you can get fined for all sorts of stuff. But eventually, it will stop. It HAS to stop.

      • Franklin

        A nicer way of saying that might just be that we are following Federal guidelines here and have been since 1996. Many of us might think it should sold like produce, but Federal is not going to allow that.

    • Valient

      I think almost everyone agrees, but considering the complete disconnection from reality that plagues most prohibitionists it’s going to take a bit to get it there, and really we may never be able to reach exactly that except for on a state level. Remember, people still think the confederate flag is all about freedom and states’ rights.

    • Franklin

      We might like that but Federal isn’t going to allow it. States can only proceed with marijuana reform if they create a regulated system that has to include, an effort to make sure that minors don’t access it, no cartels or gangs, no transport over state lines, and a way to curb any real or imagined impact on highway safety. Google up the Cole memo.

  • PeedNUrGenePool

    I suggest the incumbent Politicians wake up and smell the skunk….unless they want to follow Andy into oblivion.

  • Rob Shaffer

    If all marijuana consumers get together and vote politicians will take notice.

    • Fungi Sclerotia 1427

      Hear!!! Hear!!!

    • exbioman

      If all Cannabis users marched on Wash. D.C. the World would notice. ;p

  • http://organicandsustainablegardening.yolasite.com/ Paulpot

    And he’s not the only one, don’t stop with him.
    Please publish all the mugs and names of the worst prohib politicians and those of the good politicians who side with ending this insane war. That’s what happened in 1932. The wets drew up a hit list and they took down enough of them to turn the whole ship around.

  • lakua

    This is great news. We must identify all anti-cannabis politicians and make sure they lose their next election!

  • malcolmkyle

    Andy Harris, you owe the rest of us answers to the following questions:

    #1. Why are you not concerned with the fact that we have all been stripped of our unalienable rights, leaving us totally subordinate to a corporatized, despotic government and a heavily armed and corrupt, militarized police force whose often deadly intrusions into our homes and lives are condoned by an equally corrupt and spineless judiciary?

    #2. Why do you wish to continue to spend $50 billion a year to prosecute and cage your fellow citizens for choosing substances which are not more dangerous than those of which you yourself probably use and approve of, such as alcohol and tobacco?

    #3. Do you honestly expect the rest of us to look on passively while you waste another trillion dollars on this ruinously expensive garbage policy?

    #4. Why are you waging war on your own family, friends and neighbors?

    #5. Why are you so complacent with the fact that our once ‘proud and free’ nation now has the largest percentage of it’s citizenry incarcerated than any other on the entire planet?

    #6. Why are you helping to fuel a budget crisis to the point of closing hospitals, schools and libraries?

    #7. Why do you wish to continue spending precious resources on prohibition related undercover work while rapists and murderers walk free, while additionally, many cases involving murder and rape do not even get taken to trial because law enforcement priorities are subverted by your beloved failed and dangerous policy?

    #8. Why are you a supporter of the ‘prison industrial complex’ to the extent of endangering our nation’s children?

    #9. Will you graciously applaud when, due to your own incipient and authoritarian approach, even your own child is caged and raped?

    • lovingc

      Andy Harris why are you alive, you are wasting my air.

    • Terry Reed

      Clean this up …. shorten it but keep the PUNCH …. and publish it in the local papers across the state! Andy Harris thinks he is Sheriff Andy Griffin! Call him on it. PUBLICLY … #1 (nah), #2 – tighten it up. #3 – nah. #4 – keep as it. #5 – simplify it. #6 – keep as is. #7 – clean it up, shorten it, otherwise, good. #8 is part of #5. #9 – great, but use smaller words. Remember, Readers Digest got so huge because they never used words that a 6th grader could not read and understand! Remember that tip. Otherwise, publish, publish publish .. in little papers across his state, as letters to the Editor! Why not make it a campaign to do this? Just say No to Andy Harris!

  • http://www.theiwcc.org Candace Junkin

    Marylanders can only hope… And VOTE !

  • Michael Miller

    We need to get these old republican idiots out of office, and change this country for the better.

    • Franklin

      They are mostly Reds. But we aren’t going to give Cuomo or Debbie Wasserman Shutlz a pass either. Anyone who defends prohibition of the plant is unacceptable in a position of influence.

    • Bud Humelsine

      They are not the only ones at fault, although I will grant you, the establishment GOP has the most fools. This goes beyond partisan politics, there are plenty of conservatives who support reform (me being one, and I’ve never been republican), and plenty on the left cling to prohibitionist ways

      • joe tokes

        reality is that only one party suports legalization with actual words, sad and stupid as it is

        • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

          Libertarians? The libertarian wing of the Republican Party?

          • joe tokes

            takes two wings to fly, read the party platforms GOP is against legal weed. Dem party says they are in favor. Black market money is why

    • Denny

      Along with the old democrats that have been around for decades and need to get back to the real world to get a dose of what they created for us

  • michael_ellis

    “59 percent of those surveyed said that Harris’s meddling in a local jurisdiction’s affairs made them less likely to vote for him” This is really important because, as the article notes, Harris’s district is strongly conservative. When you’re trying to convince conservatives to oppose Federal Prohibition, go with the government meddling/overreach argument.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      Any real conservative would also be receptive to the waste of money argument and the alcohol is far more dangerous argument, and the police have far more important things to do argument

    • Bud Humelsine

      I am a conservative, (a real one, not some putz republican who thinks the name makes you cool) and I can’t stand the bastard, I’ve had more than one run in with him on a number of issues, he’s about as conservative as my fucking cat

  • AntiIgnorant

    Another nanny state politician… go babysit your own family, Andy Harris… We don’t need your failed, incorrect oversight.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      He’s not a nanny stater in general, he’s a Tea Party supported pol who makes the common Tea Party drug war exemption from their proclaimed love of liberty and individual freedom. But between his opposition to MMJ and his opposition to home rule in DC, he’s got himself in big trouble with his Republican base.

      • moldy

        Tea party people are just old bigots who didn’t like the idea of a black pres. That freedumb and liberty crap is just that… crap.

        • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

          Actually the TEA Party caucus votes (49 you can count on) with Democrats against Prohibition. Harris is an exception.

          BTW if you don’t like liberty and freedom you will LOVE Prohibition. We have the old one and new ones sprouting up all the time. Heck. You might be in favor of one or more (gun prohibition would be my guess. After that you might want to go after sharp implements and 2 X4s.)

  • http://www.organibliss.com Doc Deadhead

    VOTE ALL HATERS OUT IN 2016

    WE ARE THE MAJORITY!!!

  • lovingc

    This fossil needs to be voted out, him and all his ilk. Enough of the do nothings an others that want to suborn the will of the people,vote them all out.

    • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

      A do nothing government would be an improvement. For the vast majority of their efforts they do the wrong thing.

  • http://cannabishealthfacts.org mjverite

    I never vote for ANYONE who thinks I need to be protected from myself. Speaking of Pols that need to go, I sure hope SOMEBODY defeats Grassley. He’s 82 years old and determined to go back for more. He and my own Senator Feinstein (condolences welcomed) have done so much to perpetuate the drug war. Though fairly popular here still, I think she’ll have a headwind in 2018: http://tinyurl.com/jbdjb2a

    • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

      My condolences.

  • The Truth

    Let this be a bellwether for all politicians. This large voting block of freedom and liberty lovers will stand against all that oppose our freedom and liberty in partaking of the herb.

  • Sinclair

    Let this be a lesson for all of you anti. Marijuana supporters. We won’t take it any more. We are tired of the unjust persecution and tired of one sided politics. We want change and we won’t take no for an answer.

  • Terry Reed

    Andy Harris thinks he is Andy Griffith!

    • Fungi Sclerotia 1427

      More like Barney Fife…