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Mon Aug 26, 2013, 12:22 PM Aug 2013

Sen. Leahy Schedules Marijuana Hearing, Wants State Laws Respected [View all]

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Leahy Schedules Marijuana Hearing, Wants State Laws Respected http://bit.ly/14xXRPC via @nielslesniewski

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy will hold a hearing on marijuana policy after the Senate returns and said Monday that state laws legalizing the drug “should be respected.”

The Vermont Democrat’s inviting Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Deputy Attorney General James Cole to testify at the Sept. 10 hearing. Presumably expecting a large audience, Leahy has scheduled the hearing in the oversized hearing room in the Hart Senate Office Building that is used for major events such as Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

“It is important, especially at a time of budget constraints, to determine whether it is the best use of federal resources to prosecute the personal or medicinal use of marijuana in states that have made such consumption legal,” Leahy said in a statement. “I believe that these state laws should be respected. At a minimum, there should be guidance about enforcement from the federal government.”

The announcement of the hearing, which will focus on conflicts between state and federal laws, follows last week’s statement by White House spokesman Josh Earnest that President Barack Obama has yet to change his view on the issue of legalized marijuana use.

“The president acknowledged that, the priority here — the priority in terms of the dedication of law enforcement resources should be targeted toward our drug kingpins, drug traffickers and others who perpetrate violence in the conduct of the drug trade, that that is the best use of our law enforcement resources,” Earnest said. “At the same time, the president does not — you know, at this point, advocate a change in the law.”

That statement came in response to a question that came one day after a CQ Roll Call reporter brought up the subject at the daily White House press briefing.

read: http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/leahy-schedules-marijuana-hearing-wants-state-laws-respected/

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The majority of the public now favors legalization-- Jackpine Radical Aug 2013 #1
once they figure how to get their cut of the profits bigtree Aug 2013 #2
Yeah, we can no doubt get Phillip Morris on our side. Jackpine Radical Aug 2013 #4
if we can get an honest (recognized) study bigtree Aug 2013 #6
When Monsanto claims to have the right to cannabis. R. Daneel Olivaw Aug 2013 #5
pot is the internet of medicines bigtree Aug 2013 #10
Monsanto crops cross contaminate legitimate crops miles and miles away, and when that happens R. Daneel Olivaw Aug 2013 #15
Pot is a tool in the tool box. There are lots of helpful meds out there. mucifer Aug 2013 #33
The Oleo Strut. hobbit709 Aug 2013 #7
The Oleo Strut was a coffee house in Killeen, TX; Jackpine Radical Aug 2013 #8
It was also the paper passed around. hobbit709 Aug 2013 #9
Are you sure? Jackpine Radical Aug 2013 #11
I'd have to double check but I'm pretty sure. hobbit709 Aug 2013 #12
I just did Google it & found a very interesting story, to wit: Jackpine Radical Aug 2013 #13
Here are details of the Peterson bust & trial: Jackpine Radical Aug 2013 #14
+1000 blackspade Aug 2013 #24
Also WR Hearst, for much rhe same set of reasons. Jackpine Radical Aug 2013 #25
Thanks, I had forgotten about him. blackspade Aug 2013 #29
Good. we need some high profile hearings cali Aug 2013 #3
Good on Sen. Leahy! It's about time. K&R. ~nt~ 99th_Monkey Aug 2013 #16
Soon we just might see if the baggers are the 'libertarians' they claim they are... beerandjesus Aug 2013 #17
More Leahy; Less Reefer Madness Blue Owl Aug 2013 #18
Sen Lahey is an American hero. Mopar151 Aug 2013 #19
we agree on something. and yes, that election season was too much fun cali Aug 2013 #21
Wasn't me calling him crazy. Jim Jeffords is anything but. n/t Mopar151 Aug 2013 #23
K&R from an HIV+ medicinal pot user. MMJ keeps me alive by boosting my appetite and .. livingwagenow Aug 2013 #20
I suffer from small fiber sensory neuropathy, one of the poster children for medical pot. Dustlawyer Aug 2013 #22
hey, sorry to hear that. cali Aug 2013 #26
Good for Pat Leahy. Warren DeMontague Aug 2013 #27
Let me translate for you: PBO said loud and clear that... Hekate Aug 2013 #34
And I think it's going to be like LGBT marriage equality, where the people will need to lead because Warren DeMontague Aug 2013 #35
Also, the Admin. has made it clear that they think a chemo granny with a pot plant in her basement Warren DeMontague Aug 2013 #36
Holy Crap Batman; greiner3 Aug 2013 #28
. bigtree Aug 2013 #30
great news!! RainDog Aug 2013 #31
I cross posted this subject in the drug policy forum RainDog Aug 2013 #32
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