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Six Republicans Resubmit Bill To Allow States To Legalize Marijuana

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gop marijuana conservatives rand paul bryan fischerSix Republican members of Congress just reintroduced the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, previously submitted in 2013, which would amend the federal Controlled Substances Act by permitting states to develop their own marijuana policies without fear of federal prosecution. Four states have already legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults, while twenty-three states, D.C., and Guam allow some form of medical marijuana access. According to the think tank Third Way, 67% of Americans support Congress passing a bill that respects states developing their own marijuana policy.

“There are few principles more fundamental to the Republican Party than states’ rights. Allowing states to decide their own marijuana policy both fits with party ideology and makes much more sense than the laws currently on the books,” said Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of cops and other criminal justice professionals opposed to the drug war. “But until Congress decides to change the law all assurances of non-intervention from the federal government may prove meaningless.”

Many states considering new marijuana laws have been hesitant because doing so may violate federal law, and because the Drug Enforcement Administration has said it will act independently of federal mandates that limit federal interaction with state marijuana laws. The Department of Justice released a memo in August 2013 stating they would no longer go after states that decided to legalize marijuana, so long as businesses complied with common sense guidelines such as not selling marijuana to children and not being involved in organized criminal activity. The recently passed federal “cromnibus” spending bill also prohibits the DOJ from undermining states’ medical marijuana policies. Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart has authorized her agency to ignore these mandates. Leonhart will be retiring next month after an official letter of “no confidence” was issued by the House Oversight Committee after hearings on a sex scandal in which DEA agents repeatedly had sex with prostitutes paid for by drug cartels.

LEAP is committed to ending decades of failed policy that have created underground markets and gang violence, fostered corruption and racism, and largely ignored the public health crisis of addiction. The war on drugs has cost more than one trillion dollars, yielded only disastrous outcomes, and ultimately diverted the penal system’s attention away from more important crimes.

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  1. Actually, you’re as anonymous as you want to be. All you need to exist on the internet is an email address to which you know the password. All other things follow from there. If your real name isn’t associated with it, all they can do is log the last IP from which you checked that email.

    The notion that the federal government has a microscope on every corner of the Internet is a deliberately vague, unquantifiable impossibility. Sure, they might try to retain as much information as possible in hopes of making use of it, but it requires a human being to sit down and read it *to* make use of it. The metaphor of the feds tracking our “digital fingerprints” is not nearly as apt as them following us around and scooping up our digital feces by the truckload.

    Each of us have gaps of knowledge in our understanding of the world — don’t let people fill yours in with whatever makes you most anxious. The overwhelming majority of us will never warrant the type of scrutiny you’re worried about.

  2. I don’t see how. The other reason I post anonymously is that my identity, and thus my personality, should have no affect on anything I’ve said — the words by themselves don’t become any more or less true depending on who said them.

    Actually, one of the reasons why Scott pisses me off so badly is that I refuse to let him know who I am. He’s constantly ascribing things to me that are not true in attempts to pull me into tangent political arguments. It’s been happening for well over six months, now. I’ve gotten tired of his abuse, and it’s going to stop. I’m a liberal. *Very* liberal. But Scott likes to pretend I’m a Republican simply because it entertains him to be obnoxious. After half a year of this nonsense, I’ve decided to make it stop.

    I’ve had similar issues with other people, before. And I *did* handle it precisely the same way. The reason “antagonists” (trolls) take their act to the internet is that they can’t assert their identity in real life. Which means their real lives can always snap them back into behaving like a person, or at the very least, make them go away. I suspect Scott, like the last one, will wilt away as soon as his wife, his kids, and his mother know what he’s been doing. Scott has a personal grudge with me, and the only way to settle it is by getting personal. Tattling on him to his family, in my opinion, is the quickest and easiest way to be rid of him, permanently. That is, unless you have a better suggestion that I haven’t already tried.

  3. Although I’ve agreed with some of your previous posts in various threads, the fact that you resort to threats diminishes much of what you say.

  4. You really believe that using a pseudonym keeps you safe???
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    I’m pretty sure Snowden made a very good point:You are not as anonymous as you think you are.

  5. Uh huh. I guess we’ll see, won’t we? That’s the beauty of knowing you’re married. I don’t have to get out of my chair to make your life a living hell. All I have to do is show your wife I tried to caution you against putting your family at risk on the internet, that you ignored the warning, and she’s going to make your life a living hell for putting your pride before their welfare.

    You see, I’m going to let her know that you’re only acting like an asshole, fortunately, because I’m a liberal and *not* a right-wing anything. Nobody on my end of things is going to cut up the family cat and leave it on the front door step. However, that’s what the people you claim to enjoy “antagonizing” do when they get really mad. Were I actually a “wingnut,” your family would be in danger. Which either makes you a liar and coward, because you know I’m not a “wingnut,” or you’re an idiot twice over for provoking people on the internet using your real name. It took me all of ten minutes to get the names of both your children, your wife, and your address in NY. It wasn’t hard because you make it easy.

    So we’ll see how your wife responds when the internet reaches out to caution your family against YOUR rampant arrogance and idiocy. I can understand accidentally going to the webpage from two years ago, but now, you’re actually demonstrating REAL stupidity. Looks like I can send a copy to your mother-in-law, as well. Or maybe she’s your mother. Either way, won’t this be fun?

  6. More evasion, bullshit, name calling and personal attacks. This is what you resort to when you can’t argue. Quite tiresome.

    “You’re not the first asshole I’ve shutdown simply by sending his wife a transcript.”

    Pitiful. My wife loves the fact that I antagonize people like you.

    But, hey, if you’re going to start threatening me, I say, keep talking, wingnut.

  7. Right, right — “jokingly” is the adverb used by all daughters to assure their fathers they’re not going to show up in a video, someday. I’m sure everything on her facebook is said “jokingly,” Scott. Instead of throwing barbs, perhaps you should ask Spencer if he likes knowing his father is dumb enough to be an asshole online using his real name. I use a nonsense username mainly because, unlike you, I believe in keeping my loved ones safe. Robin would probably be disappointed if she found out about your behavior — she’d be even more upset if it came knocking, one day. What you don’t understand, being a dip-shit, is that the internet is full of REAL people. Not only have you elected to put yourself out there, you dragged your family with you. So while it is fun to watch you squirm, I’d like to remind you there’s a REASON people post anonymously, asshole. Your arrogance might cost you dearly — one day. An accident might happen, and you’ll wonder “was it that *last* person I pissed off?” So while you might feel really brave posting under your name, I’d strongly encourage you to be a little less of a card-carrying antagonist. Your family may never thank you for being polite, but they may hate you for being an asshole — one day. I suggest you take the warning for what it is. You’re not the first asshole I’ve shutdown simply by sending his wife a transcript.

  8. Your obsession with sex is funny, but my daughter and her friends jokingly insult each other better than you have insulted her here.

    Now, show me how brave you can be from behind your fake name some more.

    Meanwhile, this bill was originally cosponsored by 22 D’s and 6 R’s. And that really pisses you off, doesn’t it?

  9. Nope, just planting thoughts in your head. How does it feel knowing your daughter is the biggest sperm dumpster on the east coast?

  10. Aww,, now look at the poor little Glibertarian… Has to resort to such nasty tactics to make himself feel better… Flailing now, Wowzy, as you circle the drain…

  11. The point that, if your daughter had as many dicks coming out of her as she’s had going in, she’d look like a porcupine? LOL

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