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New Bill Would End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by InTheLight, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member

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    Members of Congress will bring forth a bill Thursday that supporters say is the first ever introduced to end federal law's blanket prohibition of marijuana.

    The legislation -- authored by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas -- would limit the federal government's role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or interstate smuggling, letting people legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states that allow it without fear of federal prosecution.

    The bill's original co-sponsors include Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich.; Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.; Jared Polis, D-Colo.; and Barbara Lee, D-Oakland.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18331456?nclick_check=1
     
  2. billwald

    billwald New Member

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    Thanks for the good news.
     
  3. TomVols

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    Paul says this will give states the right to tax this and that this will be a positive for state economies.

    I think he's even giving the pseudocons a bad name now.
     
  4. billwald

    billwald New Member

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    POT is the second or third largest cash crop in several states.
     
  5. hillclimber1

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    I'm sure not in support of this. Nothing good could come of it that I can see...
     
  6. TomVols

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    This is just another way for the powerful farm lobby to have another market foray (read, government subsidy) and for states (read, Federal governement, also) to generate tax revenue. Just another way for Big business and government to swell their shrinking coffers.
     
  7. billwald

    billwald New Member

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    You gots to be kidding!!!!!!
     
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    If pot is made legal, I wonder what the potential effect would be to employers' drug policies.
     
  9. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member

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    Good question. If the federal government enforcement role is prohibited to only cross-border or state-to-state smuggling, what about the airline pilot that lives in a state where pot is legal. Can the FAA prohibit him from smoking pot in his off hours?
     
  10. Tom Bryant

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    Strange bedfellows: big government Barney and supposedly small government Ron Paul ... both looking for the stoner vote.

    In terms of the airlines, they could require like they require for drinking alcohol a time limit for not using.

    This is just wrong on so many levels. We're continue putting economy ahead of everything.
     
  11. Earth Wind and Fire

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    Yea, I want to be the 1st in my neighborhood to sell the Stuff (legally that is).....merchandising:laugh:
     
  12. th1bill

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    Well! Now we know who the Pot-Heads in Congress and on the forum are.
     
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    I wonder why Ron Paul is supporting it probably a lobbiest lining his pocket.
    Barney Frank I can understand after all he seems to be on something anyway.
     
  14. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member

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    As far as I'm concerned anything that Barney Frank is in favor of, I'm opposed to it.
     
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    1st.... I never touch the stuff but I know it's sold illegally in every neighborhood & so there is demand for it. I'd rather have it government regulated & taxed. Why should the underworld make a profit?
     
  16. Tom Bryant

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    and everyone knows that government regulation makes everything better. :rolleyes: Then, using the same thought process, we can legalize cocaine and heroin trafficing.

    It's just plain wrong to determine right and wrong or even governmental decisions based on the profit motive.
     
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    Thats your opinion:laugh:
     
  18. dwmoeller1

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    Why would you think not? Alcohol is perfectly legal yet its use is still restricted in the work place both by law and employer policy.
     
  19. dwmoeller1

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    The government is going to be involved no matter what, so the point about the government making things better or not is largely moot. The more pertinent question is whether making something illegal decreases the problem. History would indicate that decreasing federal restrictions over a substance results in a decrease in *criminal profit* associated with the product. So, since the product is going to be used, government restriction or not, which is better - that the crime lords profit or that the government does?
     
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    Why *shouldn't* marijuana be made legal? Particularly, why shouldn't the *federal* government stop restricting it and instead throw the decision to the states?

    I don't get conservatives having any reason for *federal* laws when they are supposed to be for less government oversight and regulations, not more. It should be a state issue it seems.
     
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