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 June 23, 2013

united states conference of mayors marijuanaThis weekend (June 21st to June 24th) mayors from across the country will convened at the 81st annual U.S. Conference of Mayors, held in Las Vegas. One of the topics up for discussion is a resolution “in support of states setting their own marijuana policies without federal interference”. The proposal – introduced May 22nd – is sponsored by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and 8 other mayors from cities across the country: Aurora (CO), Berkeley (CA), Binghamton (NY), Glendale (CO), Oakland (CA), San Leandro (CA), Seattle (WA), and Tacoma (WA).

The resolution was approved by its initial Conference of Mayors committee, and will be up for a full vote on Monday.

“Ultimately, this is about whether local and state governments can develop, adopt, and implement public health laws without heavy-handed interference by the federal government,” said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, the organization backing the resolution.

The resolution states:

BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors reaffirms its support of fair and effective criminal justice and drug policies and reiterates its previous call for the reclassification of marijuana under federal law; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors recognizes that its members have differing views on how to treat marijuana in their cities, and believes that states and localities should be able to set whatever marijuana policies work best to improve the public safety and health of their communities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors believes that federal laws, including the Controlled Substances Act, should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana policies without federal interference; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that until such time as federal law is changed, the United States Conference of Mayors urges the President of the United States to reexamine the priorities of federal agencies to prevent the expenditure of resources on actions that undermine the duly enacted marijuana laws of states.

The United Conference of Mayors has voiced its opinion on ending the war on drugs in recent years; in 2007, they declared the war on drugs a failure and called for a health-centered approach to drug policy, and last year they adopted a resolution calling for an end to the state-federal conflict over marijuana policies that “frustrates our citizens, costs cities significant time and resources to address, and prevents the establishment of a regulated and safe system to supply patients.”

Source: The Joint Blog

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  • James James

    The local Meridian Idaho mayor has started a chapter of MAD/M or Mayors against drugs-Marijuana. Mayor DeWeerd says that the trend to legalize and regulate cannabis in the states surrounding Idaho is not welcome in Meridian. This Conservative Republican believes that sinking more money into failing DARE and “JUST SAY NO” programs will make cannabis vanish…oh and a healthy dose of Police State law enforcement will get those marijuana users straightened out. This woman, along with State Senator Winder are out of touch with 21st Century reality. I doubt she will be supporting this sensible position statement.

    • http://www.theweedblog.com Johnny Green

      Kudos to the Mayor of Meridian! (sarcasm) It’s not easy standing up for what’s right in a state like Idaho, where most elected officials are out of touch like you describe. I have a lot of family in that area. I send good vibes that way often, they need it!

      • Richard Nixon

        You are an. idiot go tell your family that avoids you how to be sheeple. Don’t spread your filth on the internet simpleton. Legalize Nature. Just because you got fooled into your sad beliefs doesn’t mean everyone else will.
        Legalize Nature and accept the health benefits of this nutritious plant!!!

        • http://www.theweedblog.com Johnny Green

          I guess my sarcasm didn’t come thru. Indeed, legalize nature, and yes, accept the health benefits of this nutritious plant! Especially in Idaho, from Meridian to Moscow and beyond. Idaho needs cannabis reform more than any other state I have visited.

          • 2DaysTomSawyer

            Then you should come visit us in Wisconsin. Say hay to Snotty Walker and ask him his thoughts on what he’d like to do with marijuana and it’s users (even medicinal users).
            Boy howdy does this state need REFORM! And not just with medical marijuana.

        • Sean

          If you read Johnny Greens comments, you would know that he is a true friend of cannabis freedom. Sarcasm is as American as apple pie. I hope that you are big enough to admit that you were wrong to misinterpret his post. And yes, you are very right when you say legalize.

    • kevin1of1

      I have to say, while I don’t personally agree with his stance, I have to support the smaller units of government adopting their own policies for local enforcement. When your city or county votes to make something one way, they should have the right to do so despite the next-level-ups opinion. (Notice some similarities to cities/counties/states adopting localized rules for the ACCEPTANCE of marijuana or medical marijuana laws and rules?)

      In the south, there are plenty of counties STILL that will not sell a six-pack of beer, but if you drive 10 minutes to the next county you can buy a fifth of anything… just dont get stopped at a road-block on the way back! Localized citizens have the right to live in that kind of area, if they so desire, and keep electing the people that the majority agree with…

      I’m kinda surprised that the “smaller government/less goverment interference in peoples lives” republican party hasn’t jumped all over the legalization thing… They will end up being on the wrong side of history on this issue.

    • Jennifer Gilbert Sams

      I’m a registered republican (dodges rotten tomatoes and cabbage heads thrown her way), but I’m a big advocate of national security, which is why I chose to go with the repubs to begin with. I don’t always agree with my party’s views. We (weed supporters) are using the wrong approach. Sad to say, most (not all) repubs are like most politicians… they are about money. If we walked softly and carried a big bud, I think we could win the day.

      IMHO, if the weed/hemp lobby and their supporters (that’s us) –should appeal to what might work. If we could convince them of the money that could be made with hemp products–more and better jobs, more money for their constituents… happy voters vote for those who make them happy.

      Anything made with wood pulp can be made from hemp, and hemp is stronger than wood
      and is cheaper to grow. That’s just ONE of the many advantages of this crop.
      They’re not interested in recreational or medical use. They’re against it because it’s always been that way, and even those repubs who might think/feel differently keep to themselves for fear of sanction from those who still think as the “old guard”.

      I don’t know the answer to changing these minds… but I think this would be the best way to go. I can’t name all the advantages of this cash crop here, but if you’re interested at all in learning about this plant (and using the knowledge to further our cause–or just to shut up an annoying hater) I’ll leave this website.

      http://www.nemeton.com/static/nemeton/axis-mutatis/hemp.html

      • Sean

        Jennifer, the marijuana freedom movement is a big tent. I believe that Republicans like yourself who embrace cannabis freedom should be welcomed with open arms.

        • Jennifer Gilbert Sams

          Thanks, darlin’… I do feel welcome, now. ;)

  • Jenine

    I think that this is an incredible step in the right direction. I think that it should be up to the people and the voters to decided what works best for their area. I think that if states choose to legalize marijuana then the federal government should allow them the opportunity to enforce their own laws without interference

    • http://www.theweedblog.com Johnny Green

      I think that Missouri is doing a lot of good things. It’s a very strict state when it comes to cannabis laws, and activists are reforming laws at the city level, one city at a time. It will no doubt lead to a statewide victory. I wish more states took that approach.

    • Guest

      I agree, Jenine–but state’s rights is a hard thing to sell when it comes to the feds. Things have been looking very good lately. Hopefully, this will add weight to the situation.

    • Jennifer Gilbert Sams

      I agree, Jenine–but state’s rights are a hard thing to sell when it comes to the feds. Things have been looking very good lately. Hopefully, this will add weight to the situation.

    • Sean

      Jenine, that’s a very thoughtful comment and the person that down arrowed you is a total loser.

    • http://www.growingmarijuana.com/ Joshue Taping Rafols, Jr.

      Jenine you know what its good if the government they will settle the problem about Legalizing the DRUGS. But its horrible to hear this thing, however many people wants to Legalized the Marijuana.

      Growing Marijuana

  • Scott h

    I wrote my state rep and here is my letter & his response!!!!

    I’m writing to urge your support for House Joint Resolution 6, which would allow Ohioans to vote on regulating the adult consumption of marijuana.

    Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition and replacing it with regulation. The historic votes on Election Day in Colorado and Washington – where, for the first time ever, a majority of voters decided at the ballot box to abolish cannabis prohibition – underscore this political reality.

    The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color. Furthermore, the criminalization of cannabis simply doesn’t work.

    Despite more than 70 years of federal marijuana prohibition, Americans’ consumption of and demand for cannabis is here to stay. It is time for state lawmakers to acknowledge this reality. It is time to stop ceding control of the marijuana market to untaxed criminal enterprises and it is time for lawmakers to impose common-sense regulations governing cannabis’ personal use by adults and licensing its production. A pragmatic regulatory framework that allows for limited, licensed production and sale of cannabis to adults – but restricts use among young people – best reduces the risks associated with its use or abuse.

    I encourage you to support House Joint Resolution 6 and let the Ohio voters decide if it is time to regulate marijuana.

    Scott Hill
    ………………………………………………………………………..,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    State Representative Brian Hill
    97th House District
    Dear Scott,

    Thank you for your recent e-mail regarding House Joint Resolution 6, which would put on the ballot the issue of legalizing marijuana here in Ohio. One of my favorite aspects of this job is the amount of feedback I receive when issues like this are proposed by my colleagues. Since its introduction by Representative Robert Hagan, I have heard from many on both sides of the marijuana topic.

    I have always been opposed to the legalization of marijuana, and remain that way now. For those who claim that medicinal marijuana helps to ease their pain and better certain symptoms they suffer from, there already exists on the legal market synthetic forms of marijuana. Legalizing cannabis in Ohio will only open the door to a world of problems that all stem from drug use: crime, introduction to other (more dangerous) drugs, and increased dependence to other drugs just to name a few. I realize that this legislation would leave it up to the citizens of Ohio to decide whether or not to legalize the drug. While I believe in the democratic system, I was elected and sent to Columbus to vote for the great people of the 97th House District on matters like this, no matter the polarizing effects they have on society. Should we, the General Assembly, vote the way the people don’t like, they can always put it up for a referendum vote and overturn our decision.
    I will continue to research the issue and learn everything that I can to cast an informed vote. However, with the drug problem that already exists in and around Muskingum and Guernsey counties, I don’t see at this time how legalizing marijuana use would help in any way.

    I am proud to represent you in Columbus, and my goal is to achieve those things that are best for our district, and for our state. Thank you again for taking time out of your day to write me regarding this issue.

    Have a nice day,

    Brian D. Hill
    State Representative
    97th House District