Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on the failed war on drugs on the Floor of the US House. From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 806 29 ratings Time: 05:08 More in Nonprofits & Activism
Toke TV 43: Congress Votes To End War On Medical Marijuana! Minnesota Becomes 22nd MMJ State! Hemp Planted In Kentucky!
Legislation to legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis has been introduced in Delaware by Representative Helene Keeley with over a dozen cosponsors.
The proposal would set the legal limit for those who can possess cannabis at 21, and would impose an $100 fine on those consuming cannabis in public. Under current Delaware law, possession of small amounts of marijuana is currently prosecuted as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and fines of up to $1,150.
Senator Bryan Townsend, a co-sponsor of the legislation, called the measure the “first step” towards fully legalizing and regulating cannabis, including cannabis retail outlets.
“So many people’s entry into the criminal justice system involves possession or use of very small amounts of marijuana,” says Townsend. “There are very serious drugs, we need to treat people’s addictions and we need to penalize drug dealers. In my mind, marijuana is not in the same grouping as a lot of the drugs we need to be focusing our efforts on.”
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The United States House of Representatives has approved an amendment to a spending bill which prevents the federal government from enforcing hemp prohibition in states that have legalized it’s cultivation.
Under the approved amendment, which had strong bipartisan support, the Department of Justice (which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration) would be prohibited from spending any resources on stopping states for implementing state-level hemp legalization. Twelve states – California, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia – have laws allowing hemp production.
An amendment to stop the Department of Justice from preventing hemp seeds from being imported to states attempting to conduct hemp research, and an amendment to defund medical cannabis raids, were also approved. The spending bill in its entirety was passed, and sent to the Senate.
The United States House of Representatives has given approval to a bipartisan amendment to the Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill that would prohibit the federal government from spending money and resources on raiding medical cannabis businesses that are legal under their state’s law.
The amendment – which is sponsored by six Republicans and six Democrat – would prohibit the Department of Justice (which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration) from conducting any further raids on medical cannabis outlets, putting a stop to an activity that has occurred for well over a decade despite medical cannabis being legal in the states where the raids have been conducted. The amendment, for all intents and purposes, would legalize medical cannabis under federal law in states that have done the same.
The amendment marks the most progressive move ever taken by the U.S. House to protect state medical cannabis laws.
The spending bill was approved, and sent to the Senate.
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Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, May 30, 2014
I've been blogging about the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendments over the years for over a decade. Finally, Congress has passed it!
US House Votes to Prohibit DOJ From Interfering With State Medical Marijuana or Industrial Hemp Programs
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 in the 20+ states that have enacted them.
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.). You can read the full text of the amendment here.
“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.”
Added NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano, “This vote marks one of the first times since the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 that a majority of the members of a chamber Congress have acted in a manner that significantly alters federal marijuana policy.”
“The conflicting nature of state and federal marijuana laws has created an untenable situation,” co-sponsor Rep. Blumenauer said just before the House debate. “It’s time we take the federal government out of the equation so medical marijuana business owners operating under state law aren’t living in constant fear of having their doors kicked down in the middle of the night.”
The House also approved amendments that prohibit the DOJ and DEA from using funds to interfere with state sanctioned industrial hemp cultivation.
In February, members of Congress approved language (Section 7606) in the omnibus federal farm bill authorizing states to sponsor hemp research absent federal reclassification of the plant. Since then, five states — Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Utah — have enacted legislation authorizing state-sponsored hemp cultivation. (Similar legislation is pending in Illinois and South Carolina.) In total, more than a dozen states have enacted legislation redefining hemp as an agricultural commodity and allowing for state-sponsored research and/or cultivation of the crop
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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In total, 50 fliers were distributed across Seattle, each of them with the message; “These are tough times. Take this WEED. And leep your spirits high @danksyappleweed”.
“People mostly laughed,” Sleidi told the Associated Press yesterday.
Sleidi says she first came up with the idea in New York, during a time when her friends were effected severely by the government shutdown. She wanted to distract them from their stress, so she began distributing free cannabis to them, and others around New York.
Sleidi says, however, that she was unwilling to attach her name to it, though she feels comfortable doing so now after the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012, which legalized the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis in Washington.
“I felt so relaxed about it … I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing it elsewhere in the country,” she says.
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A proposal to legalize the medical use, possession and distribution of cannabis has been signed into law by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
“I pray it will bring to the victims of ravaging illnesses the relief they are hoping for,” says Dayton.
The new law allows those with a qualifying condition – such as cancer, seizure disorders, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, HIV amd Chrohn’s disease – to purchase medical cannabis from state-licensed dispensaries. Unfortunately the proposal doesn’t allow for an individual to smoke cannabis. Instead, cannabis extracts – such as oils and tinctures – will be allowed, though unlike other states which have recently passed cannabis extract laws, whole plant extract will be allowed, and not just cannabidiol. Still, the exclusion of smoking is something that advocates of medical cannabis should continue to fight for.
The state plans to begin distributing medical cannabis by July 1st of next year.
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