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Senator Schumer And Texas Governor Perry Support States Legalizing Marijuana

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chuck schumer marijuanaGrowing Bi-Partisan Support on Heels of  Obama Calling New Laws Legalizing Marijuana in Colorado and Washington ‘Important’

NEW YORK: Today, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) expressed his support for allowing states to move forward with taxing and regulating marijuana, telling MSNBC that “having the states experiment is a good idea.”

Schumer, the senior U.S. Senator from New York and the third ranking Democrat in the Senate, made the statement just days after similar comments by Texas Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Perry, defended the right of Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana and said that Texas had implemented “policies that start us toward a decriminalization.” Perry was speaking on a panel about drug policy along with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan, who both spoke out in favor of significant drug policy reform.

While Schumer and Perry do not as yet support legalizing marijuana either in their own states or nationally, both now support the rights of individual states to enact and implement such laws free from federal interference.

Another governor to make headlines for supporting marijuana policy reform is New York’s Andrew Cuomo, who recently came out in favor of medical marijuana. Yesterday, Cuomo’s top aide told a reporter that if the New York state legislature passes the comprehensive medical marijuana bill currently under consideration, the governor would support it.

Schumer, Cuomo and Perry have joined a growing number of high-ranking officials – including President Barack Obama — expressing their support for states to move forward in reforming broken marijuana policies. In an interview last week with The New Yorker, President Barack Obama called the legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington “important,” and went on to note that society should not “have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”

Statement by Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance:

“What makes the recent comments by Senator Schumer and Governor Perry so significant is not just that they are among the two most influential leaders in their respective parties but that both have generally favored repressive drug policies to date,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.  “This rapidly emerging bipartisan support for allowing states to enact and implement marijuana legalization laws, free from federal interference, gives much needed support to the Obama administration’s constructive steps in recent months.”

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  1. How do you think cannabis lovers will react to the NFL Commissioner poo-pooing medical marijuana?

  2. I take the radio silence with a grain of salt. We both know anything Obama attempts to spearhead becomes the newest “threat to our freedom” for the undiscerning masses to gnaw on for a month or two. Had he mentioned cannabis, the “DOPE” spoof posters would be produced in a matter of hours and the “outrage factory” would go on full tilt. It was a fairly bland SotU address, which was reflected in the studdering failed attempts to find something/anything in it to be outraged about.

    I don’t want Obama to START any conversation about cannabis because that will be all *a lot* of people need/want to know about it. They’ll oppose reforming our federal cannabis laws if Obama favors reforming them.

    It is my personal belief that, should the outrage factory attempt to make cannabis into a negative issue to club the President with, they’ll splinter the GOP down the middle, cleaving off common-sense Libertarians from the Tea Party lunatics who blindly hate the President on all matters. In a way, the President could have wrecked the Republican party by coming out in favor of federal cannabis law reform, but he would have also wrecked cannabis law reform.

    Cannabis has the potential to be a wedge issue in the 2014 and 2016 election cycles as long as Obama has the good sense to stay out of it.

  3. Anthony Cincotti on

    The hemp provision in the farm bill is great, but Florida’s MMJ imitative is rather strict. For example, it expressly prohibits patients from growing ANY plants. (That was something I had a problem with from the start, making oils and whatnot is just too expensive if you have to pay dispensary prices.)

    That being said, any step forward is a good one.

  4. Perry’s Criminal Justice consists of drug courts and mandatory sentencing.. And now he touts Rehabilitation for small amounts of marijuana because it’s a popular hot button, We need to ask him for details How small. What kind of rehabilitation. He has had a decade to correct the Texas corrections drug problem issue. How many pardons has the governor given to those who have fallen victim for having possession of marijuana? I’m betting he has a privatized rehab scheme to dupe us tax payers with. Similar to the privatized prison system he so closely embraces

  5. Intergalactic Pimp on

    I know…sucks. I was really hopefully even though I didn’t expect him to.

    These politicians are idiots. I’d put money on whichever party embraces legalization first will undoubtedly sweep in the 2014 elections. In fact, that may be the only chance Republicans have.

    I’m still confident it’s going to happen really soon, maybe even this year.

  6. I think it’s only fair to look at the monetary support behind any politician who has a pro-cannabis position. We want to know which candidates are being supported by big pharma and wall street, don’t we?

  7. Well, President Obama wimped out. No mention of the criminal injustice system or cannabis in his speech.

  8. Agree, the clowns know that is they don’t support MJ, their career is over, close the curtain, your show is over. They will feel how passionate people are about MJ, etc at the friggin polls!!

  9. I agree Nathan, time for Jerry to grow some cajones and get it right in Cali ! Is his pockets being lined with glitter from anti-MJ movement? hmmmm

  10. Robert Dewayne King on

    The mark of a true career politician , wait till the floats
    and marchers have formed up and the band starts to play and if the crowd is large enough to mean it’s safe , run out front to lead the parade like it was all your idea in the first place !!

  11. The new farm bill that is likely to pass tomorrow, legalizes hemp. And Florida is set to pass one of the most liberal medical marijuana laws this year. Now this. The path to legalization is picking up steam, yes, I believe the train has left the station.

  12. Both of these guys love the constitution when it suites them. When schumer lets people keep their guns rather than just their weed, I’ll believe he’s read the constitution. When he lets the states ‘experiment’ with constraining the federal government to their constitutional limits, then I’ll be interested. Until then, schumer wants you to get stoned so you don’t notice a police state being built around you. Nothing else.

  13. Maybe Jerry Brown will grow a pair about it now that Texas is taking lead on the issue.

  14. Are you part of the afro alien nation ? You do have space ho’s I mean biatches? Is it true your ship looks like a flying rack of ribs? And the others like fried chicken and watermelons? Yes I am a black man axing you dese questions

  15. Would be great to hear something about marijuana reform in the SOTU, but I doubt it. Would love to be wrong, though.

    But things are happening. If they can get together and fix Schedule I, that would be huge.
    With that, and if Holder keeps his word to fix the federal banking regulations to allow legal cannabis businesses to operate with full banking and credit services like every other business, then we’ll really have something.

  16. Intergalactic Pimp on

    This is really great and hopeful news. The strides made in 2014 alone regarding cannabis reform is pretty amazing. I would really love to hear Obama address cannabis reform in tonight’s State of the Union address. I’m not holding my breath, but damn it would be nice.

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