Feb 152013
 

Federal marijuanaBill Would Remove Marijuana from Schedule I and Halt Federal Government Interference With State Medical Marijuana Regulation

Yesterday, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced legislation that would recognize the medicinal use of marijuana and remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

The issue of regulating medical marijuana would be returned to the states, and individuals complying with state medical marijuana laws would be exempt from federal arrest and prosecution.  The bill, the States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, H.R. 689, also requires greater access to marijuana for medical research.

“The States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act will allow medical marijuana patients and businesses – who are complying with state law – the ability to access and distribute marijuana free from federal interference,” Blumenauer said.  ”Nineteen jurisdictions have passed laws recognizing the importance of providing access to medical marijuana for the hundreds of thousands of patients who rely on it. It is time for the federal government to respect these decisions, and stop inhibiting safe access.”

Over the past decade, polls have consistently found that about three out of four Americans support medical marijuana.

“There is a plethora of scientific evidence establishing marijuana’s medical safety and efficacy and public polling for marijuana law reform is skyrocketing,” said Jasmine L. Tyler, deputy director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “However, when it comes to marijuana and the federal government, old fashioned politics routinely trumps modern science.  The States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act offers us hope we will see significant change with its passage.”

The bill was introduced with bipartisan cosponsorship, including Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Barbara Lee (D-CA), James Moran (D-VA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Sam Farr (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY),  Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Michael Honda (D-CA), and Jared Huffman (D-CA).

Every independent commission to examine marijuana policy has concluded that its harms have been greatly exaggerated – from the 1944 LaGuardia Report, to President Nixon’s 1972 Schaffer Commission report, to the Institute of Medicine’s congressionally-mandated 1999 report.

“Congress should move swiftly to acknowledge what patients, doctors, researchers and scientists have been telling us for years: marijuana has therapeutic and medicinal benefits,” said Tyler.

Press Release From The Drug Policy Alliance

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  • rick

    I voted for the use of Med. Marijuana. & will continue to do so.

  • Vixxis

    It is waaay past time to change marijuana laws! My state (Pa.) let med marijuana bills die in committee in 2010 & 2011 because of the outdated thinking of the govenor and patients continue to suffer when relief is so close all these years.

    • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

      Start hitting them with this:

      Medical Marijuana prohibition is a crime against humanity and a violation of the religious precept – heal the sick.

      Pass it on.

      If you need some scientific backing this will help:

      http://classicalvalues.com/2013/02/cbd-science-hplc-analysis/

  • moldy

    Another bill that my Rep (that I didn’t vote for but was bought by Karl Rove and pigs) will ignore since he’s a douche. If we can get the money out of our politics we may have a fighting chance.

  • Tony Aroma

    Every senator and representative from CO and WA should be co-sponsoring this bill. You’d think it would be a no-brainer, standing up to the feds for their constituents. Any of them not supporting this bill should be questioned publicly about their not coming to the defense of the people that elected them.

  • biologixco

    Where is the Republican support>?
    The GOP claims to be all gung ho for State’s rights.
    UNTIL it involves Medical Marijuana.
    Then they sit silent, whilst Uncle Sam’s jack boot ruins citizens lives.
    Anti Federalism>? Another GOP LIE~!

  • GRANMADRAGON

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  • Silverado

    Patty Murray & Maria Cantwell both Democrats and consummate insider politicians from Washington state seem unmistakably silent on the issue as well as absent from this list and are NOT nor have they ever been friends of medical cannabis in Washington state or anywhere else. And when it comes to any pro cannabis legislation these two are never anywhere to be found near the issue. WHERE’S PATTY & MARIA????? As liberal as these two are it’s almost like their silence has been purchased and thus assured. And for Patty Murray who oversees Veterans Affairs in Congress and on the one hand fights the DOD on how they care or don’t care for the many troops returning from overseas who suffer from PTSD and yet despite success in treating that with medical cannabis, she continues to remain silent on the issue. WHERE’S PATTY???? Is that the kind of representation in Congress that a forward looking, pro (medical & otherwise) cannabis state should be retaining & sending to Washington DC??? Finish the job that I 502 started – FIRE Patty Murray & Maria Cantwell and get new blood representing our state in Washington DC come next election.

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  • jenni lee

    Now we’re talking. It’s time to speak out and make this change for the better! Ok, now I know that I’m doing the right thing. I just looked up Nixon and Watergate and boy did I come across some important info. You must know that Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act into law in October of 1970. I was born on May 17, 1970 my first child was born in October and I married a man who was also born in October. Nixon was labeled a liar and a cheat when he was under investigation for his role in the Watergate scandal. This was the man who told us that marijuana had no useful properties and was nothing but a scurge upon our society? He lied, he cheated, he was wrong! Nixon was nearing impeachment but instead resigned in 1974. A presidential term in our country is four years. The televised hearings to impeach Nixon began on my birthday, May 17, 1973 and Nixon finally resigned in 1974 when I was four years old. So you can easily see why I am oh so inclined to help to “impeach” this unjust and uncalled for law that is long overdue for a change! Thankyou, Earl Blumenauer and all of our nation’s competent elected representatives who are working so hard to make this change for the better! Check out my monthly article on our website (Jenni and the General) and checkout our live music videos in Charleston, SC on youtube…. Jenni Lee:)