Colorado Dems to Seek Federal Exemption from Marijuana Prohibition

All three Democratic members of Colorado's Congressional delegation are planning legislation for next year that would exempt states enacting legalization systems for marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. According to the Colorado Independent:

Congressional staffers told the Independent that Colorado Reps Diana DeGette (CD1), Ed Perlmutter (CD7) and Jared Polis (CD2) are working independently and together on bills that would exempt states where pot has been legalized from the Controlled Substances Act.
 

DeGette Chief of Staff Lisa Cohen told the Independent that proposals the representatives are working on would alter section 903 of the act to allow states to establish their own marijuana laws free from federal preemption.

Winning has consequences. Of the three of them, it was only Polis from Colorado who had previously signed on to H.R. 2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. DeGette and Perlmutter did cosponsor legislation to protect medical marijuana dispensaries' ability to do banking. But now all three of them seem not only willing to take on prohibition, but eager.

H.R. 2306 has garnered 21 cosponsors, including 19 Democrats and two Republicans. Some of those are leaving Congress at the end of their current terms -- Ron Paul (R-TX) is retiring, as is the legislation's sponsor, Barney Frank (D-MA). Pete Stark (D-CA) and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) lost their seats after redistricting forced them to run against other Democrats.

Paul and Frank in particular were particularly active champions of drug reform, but Stark and Kucinich were among our champions too. Polis is certainly eager to take the lead on these issues; another H.R. 2306, Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) posted on his Facebook page last Thursday, "We must be rational about its medical use, then move to legalize it." Hopefully we'll find enough support in the new Congress to move reform forward

A final note on H.R. 2306: One of the things we heard from activists was that they were too discouraged to work on passing the bill, because it wasn't going anywhere -- hardline Judiciary chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) wasn't going to allow hearings, and passing it after hearings didn't seem likely. I hope that people will reconsider that. Think about how long people worked before it became possible to pass these initiatives on the ballot. It just takes awhile to move legislation in Congress too, but that doesn't mean that progress isn't being made.

In fact it's the opposite -- when members of Congress see their constituents working for something, lobby them, building coalitions and so forth, and when they see other members of Congress supporting them, over time more of them become willing to sign on to bills or to expend political capital moving them forward. Eventually a bill moves, or more likely, its language or something like it gets included in a larger piece of legislation, when it's introduced or through an amendment. In the meanwhile, we have to do as much as we can to build that support and awareness on the part of members of Congress, so they'll think of us and our issues when there's a new chairman or some other window of opportunity is opened.

One small way to do that is to use our web site to email your representatives in Congress asking them to support H.R. 2306. Some of them will not be returning to Congress in January, when a new version of the bill will have to be offered, but many of them will be. Of course sending an email is just the bare beginning -- we will be organizing a second teleconference in the near future to talk about more.

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please support HR 2306

Colorado leading the way

We are seeing amazing things here, as Colorado charges forward with this initiative.. dropping cases, promising we won't see arrests for possession, and now already working in congress to secure the will of their voters.  I haven't felt this proud to be an American in a long time now, God bless the men and women in Colorado and Washington for daring to break the mold!

If the Federal government

If the Federal government ever needed a tipping point to turn things around, here it is.  Even though the Obama administration was harsh on medical marijuana, having two states legalize, a new medical states, and scores of other marijuana victories, shows that government is at war with a majority of it's citizens.  It's not just those kid stoners or  illegitimate patients, its over a majority of a state population.

If the Federal government tried to supersede two popular state initiatives this would also be a turning point with clear cut example for the entire country to see the US government oppressing the will of the people, without debate or discussion.  This would be dangerous for government.

The reasonable thing for the Obama Administration to do is allow these new free states to have their day in court; so that we finally get our well deserved marijuana legalization debate.  And not try to shut things down by having Holder, or whoever else takes his job over, send letters threatening state officials.  This would seem tyrannical now, since a majority of citizens are at stake here.

Jared Polis for President 2016

Run in 2016 Jared. National Decriminalization of Cannabis, you would have my vote!

This is wonderful to hear.

This is wonderful to hear. Somehow I'm not utterly shocked by this news. At the very heart of cannabis prohibition lies a core of cognitive dissonance. The first steps have been taken and possibilities other than incarceration are being considered by many. What follows seems to be the logical unraveling of the great injustice. Let's hope our leaders will find that moment of clarity.

World wide legalization December 21, 2012

At one time we had real leaders like John F Kennedy who said let's go to the moon.

I say we set the date for world-wide legalization on December 21, 2012, to coincide with the rebirth of a new era on the Mayan calendar.

Thank you

Thank you from all the medical marijuana patients who currently cannot travel with their medications to visit family and friends.  I am elderly and would like to spend more time with my family around the country before I die, revisit my home, and cross a few places off my bucket list.  Who is the federal govt to come between me and my doctor?  Thank you for standing up for the disabled as well as states' rights!

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