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Fri May 30, 2014, 01:58 PM

 

House's Pro-Medical MARIJUANA VOTE SHOCKS Even Longtime Supporters










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Even longtime supporters of marijuana legalization were surprised early Friday morning when the House of Representatives voted for an amendment that would prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors from targeting medical marijuana in states where it is legal. "Quite frankly, many of us who were sponsors of this amendment… didn't expect to win and were surprised by the margin of that victory this morning," Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) said at a press conference Friday morning, less than nine hours after the vote. "While I always knew it would happen sooner than most political observers thought, it's still hard to believe this just happened," said Tom Angell, the chairman of Marijuana Majority.


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"This is a will of Congress vote," said Polis. "We all are realists here, we know that we haven't had an appropriations process in some time, it's likely that it will be omnibuses in the future. We don't know where this particular amendment and particular bill are going. It's the will of Congress: it has ramifications for banking, for insurance, for a number of other issues that effect the industry." "The president famously said that he had bigger fish to fry, but there are 93 U.S. attorneys and the DEA, and some of them are frying those smaller fish," said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). "There continues to be uncertainty. There are now many small businesses who are perfectly legal in these jurisdictions that are operating under a cloud. There have been lives that have been disrupted. This is not something that is theoretical."


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"The hemp flag flying over the Capitol was the lowest point in this person's career? Give. Me. A break!" Blumenauer said. "Maybe this will be a signal to the administration that they can't sort of tap dance around this, that they need to get their signals aligned and hopefully they're aligned with what the House did and where America is going." A DEA spokeswoman referred a request for comment to the Justice Department, where a representative said the department was reviewing the medical marijuana amendment, as well as two pro-hemp amendments that also passed overnight.


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Blumenauer said the vote should give Attorney General Eric Holder political cover to move ahead with initiating the rescheduling of marijuana next year. The federal government currently classifies it as a Schedule 1 drug with no legitimate medical purpose. Holder told HuffPost last month that while he would be willing to work with Congress to reschedule marijuana, the administration had made the political decision not to unilaterally do so, given all of the other executive actions it had taken on criminal justice reform. "This is an integral part of why we need smarter sentencing reform, because we've had people trapped in this nightmare, and you've got non-violent people doing time for doing things that the majority of people in America now think should be legal," Blumenauer said Friday.





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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/30/medical-marijuana-congress_n_5418084.html

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Reply House's Pro-Medical MARIJUANA VOTE SHOCKS Even Longtime Supporters (Original post)
Segami May 2014 OP
bluedigger May 2014 #1
Aristus May 2014 #2
bluedigger May 2014 #4
Aristus May 2014 #5
Gore1FL May 2014 #18
PeoViejo May 2014 #8
Warren DeMontague May 2014 #10
LynneSin May 2014 #13
Jamaal510 May 2014 #17
Half-Century Man May 2014 #3
joeglow3 May 2014 #11
Half-Century Man May 2014 #15
joeglow3 May 2014 #16
RainDog May 2014 #6
Uncle Joe May 2014 #7
Enthusiast May 2014 #9
LynneSin May 2014 #12
docgee May 2014 #14

Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 02:18 PM

1. Nancy "Just Say No" Reagan must be spinning in her grave.

"The heart and soul of the Republican party is that pro-freedom, individual philosophy that Reagan talked about," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), the primary Republican pushing the amendment. "I think that what we've got now and what we have here in the Republican vote last night were people who took a lot of those words and the philosophy of Ronald Reagan to heart."


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Response to bluedigger (Reply #1)

Fri May 30, 2014, 02:25 PM

2. She's not dead yet.

Maybe when she's gone, we can bury Reaganism forever.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #2)

Fri May 30, 2014, 03:03 PM

4. Oops, my bad.

I could have sworn I heard she passed.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #4)

Fri May 30, 2014, 03:06 PM

5. No. Just that her Jupiter is in the 7th House, with Venus rising.

Or some shit only she would understand...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #2)

Fri May 30, 2014, 04:51 PM

18. That's part of the spinning, too. n/t

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #1)

Fri May 30, 2014, 03:56 PM

8. States' Rights

 

Many Conservatives will vote Yes on just that point.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #1)

Fri May 30, 2014, 04:18 PM

10. Even she allegedly took a hit or two off a spliff at a Hollywood party.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #1)

Fri May 30, 2014, 04:28 PM

13. Pro-freedom except for women or the LGBT community

no freedoms for those groups

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #13)

Fri May 30, 2014, 04:44 PM

17. And voting rights for poor/minority communities. nt

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 02:26 PM

3. As was pointed out by Bill Maher

The surefire method for getting people to the polls this election cycle.
Decriminalizing marijuana.
I'd guess the largest US voter turn out in history and republicans become history.

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Response to Half-Century Man (Reply #3)

Fri May 30, 2014, 04:22 PM

11. Our party SUCKS at tacking on ballot initiatives

 

Republicans are SOOOOOO much better than us at doing this (especially for off-elections).

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Response to joeglow3 (Reply #11)

Fri May 30, 2014, 04:38 PM

15. No matter how hard I try

I can't come up with a good way to say "sometimes I wish we were assholes too"

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Response to Half-Century Man (Reply #15)

Fri May 30, 2014, 04:44 PM

16. lol

 

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 03:42 PM

6. k&r n/t

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 03:54 PM

7. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, Segami.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 04:08 PM

9. The Righties® don't want to give this advantage to the Democrats.

Just a fact.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 04:27 PM

12. They are losing in the polls with everyone but white land-owning, gun toting man

They didn't legalize marijuana but they're hoping to score some voters by passing the law, which ironically has always been something that true Libertarians supported.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 04:36 PM

14. while I'm definitely a proponent of legalization,

I see this as an attempt to set states right precedences to pass all their other evil anti gov shit... States' anti abortion, anti voters' rights laws and so on couldn't be challenged in federal court.

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