Dana Rohrabacher To Feds: Respect State Marijuana Laws

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Like the proverbial broken clock that is right twice a day, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) is occasionally doing things that aren't completely crazy, like defending the Taliban or accusing the Obama Administration of intentionally lying to the American public about the Islamic terrorists who carried out the attack on the U.S. embassy in Bengazi, Libya last year (because you know how soft Obama and his army of drones is on Islamic terrorists). 

To wit: Rohrabacher has authored legislation that would amend the U.S. Controlled Substances Act to prohibit the federal government from prosecuting people who do not violate state marijuana laws. 

If it becomes law, the Respect State Marijuana Laws act would strengthen medical marijuana access in the 18 states (and the District of Columbia) which have already passed such laws, as well as recreational pot smoking in both Colorado and Washington State.

Rohrabacher's co-sponsors on the bill include Congressmen Justin Amash, (R-Michigan), Earl Blumenauer, (D-Oregon), Steve Cohen, (D-Tennessee), Jared Polis, (D-Colorado), and Don Young, (R-Alaska).  "This bipartisan bill represents a common-sense approach that establishes federal government respect for all states' marijuana laws," Rohrabacher said. "It does so by keeping the federal government out of the business of criminalizing marijuana activities in states that don't want it to be criminal."

It's been more than four months since voters in Colorado and Washington State upped the ante on the Obama Administration, which first promised to respect state marijuana laws, then vigorously cracked down on California's burgeoning medical marijuana industry in late 2011. So far, the Justice Dept. has only said that it is monitoring how those states implement their new recreational pot-smoking bills. 

Earlier this month, for the first time in history, the Pew Research Group found that roughly 60 percent of Americans feel the federal government should not interfere with states that have legalized marijuana. 

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jerrycook
jerrycook

Also keep in mind..under the current CSA, title 21 of this US Code & Fed law..section 903 says states can control & regulate them differently to the Fed. 

Of course, a provably very beneficial plant that the US Fed has a patent on for its medicinal benefits,  and supplies to a few for that purpose, has no place on the CSA at all. 

 I hope Dana can help finally end this failed hypocrisy of the Fed Govt., along with the states.

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

Dana Rohrbacher has been a TIRELESS supporter of "States Rights", especially when dealing with Marijuana.  He is a guy who actually REPRESENTS his constituents.  As a Republican, he should automatically OPPOSE the legalization of Marijuana just on principle.  However, he understands that HIS constituents PASSED Medical Marijuana laws in his State and he's trying to get the Federal Government to recognize the "States Rights" issue, in allowing States to regulate Marijuana the way it's CITIZENS want it to be regulated.  Whether that's keeping it ILLEGAL or ALLOWING these States to become what they are supposed to be,  "Little laboratories of democracy" that works BEST at the Local level.  Way to go Dana and THANKS for being a COMMON SENSE Republican!  A LOT of people in the Party (GOP) are starting to feel the same way.  Latest poll I saw was 43% of Registered Republicans believe Marijuana should be legal for BOTH Medical and 35% of them believe it should be TOTALLY legal for recreational use as well.  So the sentiments across the nation are changing and NO amount of Propaganda will turn that tide around.  The American people have now REALIZED that their Federal government has OUTRIGHT LIED to them for 70 yrs now regarding Cannabis and it's effects on people.  We need MORE politicians like Dana Rohrbacher

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