Skip to comments.Lawmaker wants pot off federal drug list
Posted on 01/25/2014 3:02:20 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The Justice Department should cross marijuana off the government's list of most dangerous drugs, says a House Democrat now trying to build congressional support for the action.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is making the case to remove pot from the list of "Schedule I" drugs, a day after Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that the Justice Department would adjust existing rules to allow legal marijuana businesses to access the banking system.
Recreational pot use became legal in Colorado this month, and 20 other states allow it for medicinal purposes.
Blumenauer said the Obama administration was unquestionably making the right call by allowing pot shops to work with banks.
Its an important step toward fixing federal policy toward marijuana, Blumenauer said Friday in a written statement. The next step is removing marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.
The Justice Department has authority under the statute to add and remove drugs from the federal list, which lays out criminal penalties for anyone caught dealing or possessing them.
Blumenauer said he is gathering signatures from fellow lawmakers on a letter pressing President Obama to pull marijuana from the Schedule 1 list.
Obama, in a New Yorker magazine article published this week, said he believes marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol and that it was important that the legalization of the drug in states go forward because it would prevent unfair penalties for some users.
Though the statements appeared to contradict the National Drug Control Policy's official stance on the drug, the White House maintained that its position on marijuana has not changed.
A state task force in Colorado asked the Justice Department last year to adjust various federal banking and tax regulations, which stand as barriers to legal business operations.
Since marijuana is a controlled substance under federal law, banks must either refuse to hold accounts for legal marijuana businesses in Colorado or risk prosecution, the task force wrote at the time.
Colorado is also appealing to the government to amend a portion of the federal tax code that prohibits legal Colorado marijuana businesses from claiming deductions.
On Thursday, Holder said the Justice Department would rework regulations to address the banking issue. The changes are intended to alleviate concerns that legal marijuana dispensaries would be forced to keep large sums of cash on hand.
They want to be able to use the banking system, Holder said Thursday in Virginia. Theres a public safety component to this.
It is not clear how soon the government may act on that concern or whether the tax issue will also be addressed.
Loosening of the Nanny State PING!
As recommended by Nixon’s Shafer Commission way back in 1972.
Prohibitionists are getting rolled.
It should not be listed as a Schedule 1 drug.
Another thing that ticks me off is codeine cough medicine. Ever since almost dying from pneumonia at age 6, I usually get a bad chest infection/cough every Winter. As an adult, I used to be able to just go the the pharmacy, show ID, and sign for it. I assume the pharmacy lists were checked for abusers. Now I have to spend $$$ to go to my doc, who, knowing my history, instantly writes the script. I ain’t makin’ purple drank!
Soma for the Brave New World
You must be in love with Obama now.
Soma is here.
It’s a plant.
I meant: You [Libertopians] must love Obama now...
not directed at anyone in particular
Nah, that’s not enough to get us to like him. Even a stopped clock is occasionally right.
So is the poppy. So what?
A few species have other uses, principally as sources of drugs and foods. The opium poppy is widely cultivated and its worldwide production is monitored by international agencies. It is used for production of dried latex and opium, the principal precursor of narcotic and analgesic opiates such as morphine, heroin and codeine. Poppy seeds are rich in oil, carbohydrates, calcium, and protein. Poppy oil is often used as cooking oil, salad dressing oil, or in products such as margarine. Poppy oil can also be added to spices for cakes, or breads. Poppy products are also used in different paints, varnishes, and some cosmetics (Jonsson and Krzymanski, 1989).
Of course, true liberty lovers know the battle is not over until the restrictions are loosened for marijuana AND alcohol AND tobacco.
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Have you asked your doc if he’ll call in a script for you over the phone so you can avoid the office visit?
Yeah. He will. But it still bugs me that me and my ID can’t simply buy the stuff.
The Choom Gang lives.
American working class young folks reading this should avoid the smoke of slavery. Don’t do it. Tell your friends. Flatter the government-linked bosses’ adult kids for doing it instead. It’s sylish and elite for them.
Thanks for the ping!
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