May 302014
 May 30, 2014

marijuana washington state felony drug possessionBy Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director

After a long debate that had the US House of Representatives in session until after midnight, the lower chamber of Congress cast a historic 219 to 189 vote to restrict the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from using taxpayer funds to interfere in state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs.

This measure was co-sponsored by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Reps. Rohrabacher (R-Calf.), Don Young (R-Alaska), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Steve Stockman (R-Texas), and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).

170 Democrats and 49 Republicans voted in favor of the amendment, 172 Republicans and 17 Democrats voted against it.

“It would be hard to overstate the importance of tonight’s vote,” said NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “Approval of this amendment is a resounding victory for basic compassion and common sense.”

The House also approved amendments that prohibit the DOJ and DEA from using funds to interfere with state sanctioned industrial hemp cultivation.

These amendments were made to the 2015 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, which now must be approved by the Senate and then signed by President Obama.

NORML will keep you updated on this evolving situation.

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  21 Responses to “US House Votes To Block Interference With Medical Marijuana Or Hemp”

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    Amen…of course one of the main assfaces against this amendment was ‘Dr’ John Fleming from Louisiana who stated in his argument “I don’t think we should accept at all that this is history in the making”. Well sorry asshole… History was made in spite if your ignorant ass!

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      The good doctor owns a restaurant in Shreveport that made national news a couple of years ago for refusing to serve a Muslim couple. In 2011, he warned on his Facebook page that Planned Parenthood was opening an “abortionplex.” This news was later attributed to a satirical piece in The Onion and retracted by Dr. Fleming, but not before national media picked it up. How can someone be smart enough to be a doctor yet so stupid?

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    Now
    we must perpetuate everyone’s access where they are still jailed for none
    violet crimes and denied access to medical freedom of choice and care. It is unconstitutional to deny the same rights to half the
    country allowing the oppression of such a large part of society to continue without just cause.

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    We must now perpetuate everyone’s access where they are still jailed for none violet
    crimes and denied access to medical freedom of choice and care. It is
    unconstitutional to deny the same rights to half the country allowing the oppression of such a large part of society to continue without just cause!

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    We
    must now perpetuate everyone’s access where they are still jailed for
    none violet crimes and denied access to medical freedom of choice and
    care. It is unconstitutional to deny the same rights to half the country
    allowing the oppression of such a large part of society to continue
    without just cause!

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    Finally Politian’s are voting for what the people want – some are and will be left behind. I hope and pray that the Politian’s that are still against Marijuana will flip flop – Flip flopping is not a bad thing – when you do it because that is what the people who voted you into office want. Now I want to see who voted against this …….. making a list of anti marijuana to be sure not to ever vote for them.
    As for DEA it is not their business what laws are passed – If the people want to legalize something – they just need to adjust – I don’t want DEA to spend my tax money on trying to lobby for laws – when they are enforcers of laws not makers.

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    did you check out the new DEA “manifesto” http://www.justice.gov/dea/docs/dangers-consequences-marijuana-abuse.pdf ? WTF… how stupid do they really think Americans are? This is such a pack of —-…. full of self-righteous hubris. Takes me back to listening to Bush, Cheney and Rummy pushing their Iraq WMD fairy tale… Just have to smile at their self-deceit. : )

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      That’s, um, wow. The sad thing is that most people/congressmen are going to read that and believe it’s all true. Some of the things they stated were outright lies, and many of their statistics are skewed.

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    If the democrat majority run senate passes this, and president Obama signs it, then the scheduling of marijuana in the no medical use category will have much less legal standing, and I think they will be forced to change it.
    Yeah, if Obama signs this, its a pretty big deal.

    P.S.
    I thank the 49 R congressmen who found the courage to vote for this bill. I’m sure it may cost some of them their jobs.

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      It was a Republican who WROTE the bill. Dana Rohrabacher’s been on this bandwagon for YEARS! He and Blumenauer (D) have consistently sponsored Pro marijuana bills together for years. The tide is changing. My only hope though is that when Republicans take back control of BOTH houses of Congress AND the Presidency,(which they will) that they don’t rollback the advancements we’ve made with marijuana. ALL because they DESPISE this President so much that they’ll undo everything he’s done. Granted 90% of it NEEDS rolled back to SAVE our economy and mere existence. But I HOPE they don’t do that. I’m doing my part by making these candidates STATE their position on marijuana BEFORE the election and nagging known. As A Republican, I’m working against GOP candidates who oppose the legalization of marijuana. I’m attending candidate forums and asking them that exact question during Q&A sessions. I think we can strike a common ground between Economic freedom and Personal Freedoms. Leaning more towards the Personal Freedoms than so the National economic freedoms.

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    Do we have list of yeas and nays?

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    Hell just froze over.

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    Its a start!

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    Almost time to reschedule, federally! The travesty that has been a “war on drugs” is coming to an end, at long last. This vote confirms it.

    The vote was fascinating. Compare the bipartisanship of THIS vote and the bipartisanship of Earl Blumenaur’s amendment that would have allowed VA doctors to recommend cannabis to veterans. Less than two dozen R’s supported that legislation. Now, over four dozen? That’s undeniable progress.

    I believe this ought to help Paul Broun’s bid for the US Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring. Two of his opponents in GA’s upcoming GOP primary for that office (Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston) voted against this specific amendment to HR4660. 54% of Georgia voters want to treat cannabis like alcohol. Broun’s had issues pandering to socially conservative knuckle-draggers (evolution and embryology are “lies from the pit of hell”), but I believe he may be voting his conscience more than his two opponents, perhaps to make up for lost time. Frankly, IMHO, this vote *alone* should put Broun ahead of the competition with middle-of-the-road voters.

    I disagree with Broun on MOST everything else, but I believe in giving credit where credit is due.

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    List of yeas and nays is at this link: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll258.xml

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    When do you all think cannabis will finally be legal at the fed level and this crazy prohibition train comes to a stop? I’ve been saying 2017 (would be nicer sooner and would suck to wait much longer than that). Happy happy day!!!!!

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    This is a historic vote!

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