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Lawmaker wants pot off federal drug list
The Hill ^ | January 24, 2014 | Ben Goad

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.

“It’s 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. “There’s 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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Gardening; Government; Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Society
KEYWORDS: doj; dontbogartthatjoint; dopeheads; earlblumenauer; ericholder; libertarians; marijuana; medicalmarijuana; nannystate; oregon; pot; schedule1; warondrugs; wod

1 posted on 01/25/2014 3:02:20 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Loosening of the Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 01/25/2014 3:02:42 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

As recommended by Nixon’s Shafer Commission way back in 1972.


3 posted on 01/25/2014 3:06:50 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Prohibitionists are getting rolled.


4 posted on 01/25/2014 3:22:39 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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!


5 posted on 01/25/2014 3:24:46 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Soma for the Brave New World


6 posted on 01/25/2014 3:26:00 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

You must be in love with Obama now.

Soma is here.


7 posted on 01/25/2014 3:26:16 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s a plant.


8 posted on 01/25/2014 3:26:17 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I meant: You [Libertopians] must love Obama now...

not directed at anyone in particular


9 posted on 01/25/2014 3:28:27 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

Nah, that’s not enough to get us to like him. Even a stopped clock is occasionally right.


10 posted on 01/25/2014 3:37:43 PM PST by Seattle
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To: APatientMan

So is the poppy. So what?


11 posted on 01/25/2014 3:38:21 PM PST by narses (... unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.)
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To: narses

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).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppy


12 posted on 01/25/2014 3:51:12 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Of course, true liberty lovers know the battle is not over until the restrictions are loosened for marijuana AND alcohol AND tobacco.


13 posted on 01/25/2014 3:55:16 PM PST by freedom462
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14 posted on 01/25/2014 4:08:49 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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.


So can Holder make this change and legalize pot at the federal level ?

Cool if he can.
15 posted on 01/25/2014 4:13:56 PM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Have you asked your doc if he’ll call in a script for you over the phone so you can avoid the office visit?


16 posted on 01/25/2014 5:13:50 PM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: B4Ranch

Yeah. He will. But it still bugs me that me and my ID can’t simply buy the stuff.


17 posted on 01/25/2014 5:21:30 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Choom Gang lives.


18 posted on 01/25/2014 6:08:18 PM PST by bgill
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; GeronL

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.


19 posted on 01/25/2014 6:59:22 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


20 posted on 01/25/2014 8:10:06 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I might agree with you if I had seen ANY other policies that are loosening the nanny state strong hold. This one issue seems to be gaining traction, but I do not think it is a matter of a lessening nanny state. Instead, I am beginning to think that pot today is our russian Vodka.

There was a wonderful revolution of the people and eventually their society was drunk and ignorant in their misery. I see the push for pot to be simply the new vodka. Especially considering the groups that push for it are also pusing for marxist policies....


21 posted on 01/27/2014 11:59:30 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: CSM

Best comment I’ve seen against legalizing pot. Of course since now there have been decades of large numbers of pot smokers, it’s clear that pot smoking makes people stupid and out of their minds. And THAT is exactly what leftistpukes want large numbers of Americans to be.


22 posted on 01/27/2014 12:54:13 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

Honestly, I am anti War on Drugs and am all for people being able to consume whatever they desire. However, that also means that they must take full responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

However, what we have in society today is a leftist cry for the legalization of pot and those same folks cry for further infringement on me in order to absolve folks from the responsibility of dealing with the results of their choices.

Russia went full marxist, then became a society drunk on vodka. We are going full marxist and we hear continued cries to allow the unwashed masses to become a society high on pot.

A drunk/high society is much less apt to return fire.....


23 posted on 01/27/2014 1:07:55 PM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: CSM

Addicts make better slaves.


24 posted on 01/27/2014 1:09:26 PM PST by sport
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To: sport

bump


25 posted on 01/27/2014 1:14:26 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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