Skip to comments.Reps. Frank and Paul: Let states legalize pot
Posted on 06/22/2011 1:23:14 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
A bipartisan team of Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Ron Paul, R-Texas, will introduce federal legislation that would permit states to legalize, regulate, tax and control marijuana without federal interference.
The legislation will be unveiled Thursday by Frank, an outspoken liberal Democrat, and the libertarian Paul, who is running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
The bill would limit the U.S. government role in marijuana enforcement to interdiction of cross-border or inter-state smuggling. Citizens would be able to legally grow, use or sell cannabis in states which have legalized the forbidden weed.
The legislation is the first bill to be introduced in Congress that would end federal marijuana prohibition.
In a preview of the legislation, the Marijuana Policy Project noted that last week marked the 40th Anniversary of when President Nixon declared that the federal government was at war with marijuana and other drugs.
Nixon had rejected recommendations by a presidential panel that the country move toward decriminalization and an education and treatment-based drug policy.
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.seattlepi.com ...
It's long past time to end the war on drugs. Over a trillion dollars spent on it and what have we gained: militarized police forces, no knock warrants, drug gangs and cartels, corruption of law enforcement, mothers arrested for buying too much cold medicine, citizens and their dogs shot, patients in pain because of doctor intimidation. And the drugs are more readily available than ever.
If people want to harm themselves the government cannot and should not interfere. It's called freedom.
Least of our worries. Big red herring. Early for red herring season. One has to wonder why.
I can’t see this ever being approved by our crowned heads of state.
So give politicians more cash? Why does it even have to be taxed?
Cannot allow people to make decisions for themselves! Cant have that.
As a bonus, if Obama opposes this - which he probably will - he pisses off a good chunk of his base.
I agree 144! While I’m on the fence on the premise, this would re-energize Obama’s base in ways we can’t consider right now. This should be stopped for the charade it is: getting Obama back in the WH.
One of the biggest problems we have is dope-heads who vote. Guess who they vote for.
I say, issue a federal “pot permit”. If you have the pot permit, you can keep your pot. But you cannot vote in any election.
Voting is something that pot-heads should not be allowed to do. No more stoner-vote. It has done enough damage already.
So much for Ron Paul's Federalist views of the Constitution. He's showing himself a fraud on that with this move.
I have a better idea. What if states learn self-control and spend less. That would be the ULTIMATE windfall.
While they are at it, free all the non-violent prisoners who haven’t committed any crimes other than their personal drug use, especially if the drug was Marijuana.
The States shouldn’t need the federal government’s permission to do this. They never granted the federal government the authority to control it in the first place.
Should alcoholics be prohibited from voting?
Hellava lot safer than alcohol.
I used to think that legalizing drugs was a no brainer - just as you stated that the war on drugs has been a dismal FAILURE! I mean, it has only been “slightly” less effective than the original prohibition amendment! /sarc
However, when Barney Frank thinks it is a good idea, I have to seriously consider that I am mistaken in my thought process. Maybe this is Frank’s “a stopped watch is correct twice a day” moment!
I’m all for letting the states do as they wish but I don’t buy the utopian view of the results of marijuana legalization. Others will be harmed and there will be a whole boatload of new laws to follow.
To prohibit alcohol they had to pass a constitutional amendment, which was subsequently repealed. I don’t see any constitutional prohibitions on any other drugs.
1.You want to add 20 million or so to the Soc Sec disability rolls?
2. You want to see your auto insurance premiums double/triple?
I can go on, and on..
Remember, 99.9% of addicts today started with MJ....
Birds of a feather.
It’s already basically legal in many states. OR, CO, CA and NM. It sure reduced the numbers of illegal aliens around here.
Nope, just stoners.
Waste of time. Three-quarters of the country is still pro prohibition. It’s going nowhere in the House and the sponsors know it.
Total red herring.
If people could create Scotch, a Samuel Adams or Marlboro cigarettes, as easily as you can grow a weed at home, do you think people would be paying the taxes on those items?
You can grow your own pot just once every few years and have an unlimited supply of it in the garage, refinement, complicated, delicate, elaborate drying and other processes under controlled conditions is not necessary.
100% of them drank milk as kids. (as long as we're indulging in logical fallacies)
I voted for McCain. So you may have a point.
As well as folks who make up statistics.
Bunch of loser dopers, the lot. Making up statistics like that.
And while they are at it, they should kick all non-violent potheads out of prison.
There's nothing in there about CO2 emissions, light bulbs, assault weapons, or "hate crimes" either. They're all fraudulent powers made up out of thin air and ephemeral "findings" of "substantial effects on interstate commerce".
Grow my own weed. Grow my own tobacco. Distill my own spirits. All without interfernce or taxation from the government.
Even I can agree with him and I don’t smoke or drink.
Amen Brother Paul, Amen . . .
I certainly don’t expect utopia. Let the states regulate the same as they do with alcohol. I don’t follow what others will be harmed, unless you mean the gang dealers who will lose their income. It will knock a big chunk out of the underground economy, save tax dollars and hopefully rid LEO agencies of one source of corruption.
For the Childrun you know.
Go Ron. The only candidate who will make a dimes worth of difference. Legalize it. When will all the Dupes figure it out? They think he is only right of a few policies. Duhhh.
I always said I’d be happy to allow pot to be legalized...
...the day after health care financing is 100% privatized with Medicare and Medicaid completely ended.
Wow, you’re all over the place with accusations. I suppose William F. Buckley wasn’t a real conservative either.
Beat me to it Tiger.
Also, making cannabis a part of our culture would in time lead us to become more like the cannabis based region of the world.
Most of us do not like the effect that thousands of years of using cannabis has had on those stoner like peoples.
Actually I think decriminalization is a bit better route to take. Obviously impaired driving laws will still apply but a guy caught smoking a joint in public will only pay a small fine.
Total legalization for use on private property.
The libertarian side of me understands the argument. Indeed, I remember long ago being shocked when Bill Buckley first called for drugs to be legalized. I carefully read his arguments.
In the end, my problem is that you can't answer the qustion of who will be responsible, bear the costs of legalizing drugs. Ir do you think that we can OK MJ, but still ban the other stuff..have you seen what crack has done to entire cities? And yes, despite your sttempt at humor...the overwhelming majority of kids first got exposed to drugs via MJ use..
I’d have to be stoned out of my gourd to vote for either one of them.
I voted for Palin.
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