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.
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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.
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