Skip to comments.Ron Paul, Barney Frank to Jointly Introduce Bill to End Federal War on Marijuana
Posted on 06/23/2011 3:46:24 AM PDT by lbryce
Congressmen Ron Paul, Barney Frank and others will introduce legislature Thursday that aims to end a major part of the war on drugs -- namely the battle against marijuana.
Reps. Paul (R-Texas) and Frank (D-Mass.), though technically on opposite sides of the aisle, have often spoken out against the war on drugs and will propose a bill "tomorrow ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference," according to a statement from the Marijuana Policy Project via Reason.
The bill would allow the individual states to decide how they want to deal with pot. Currently the federal government bogarts U.S. law, oftentimes arresting owners and employees of medical marijuana facilities, for example, who thought they were operating legally under city, county and/or state laws.
"The legislation would limit the federal governments role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, allowing people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal," according to the MPP statement.
The legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), is the first of its kind to be proposed in Congress that would end the 73-year-old federal marijuana prohibition that began with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.
Although Frank insists that this "is not a legalization bill," it will be an excellent test for those in Congress who claim to be for a limited, smaller, federal government -- one that gives more power to the states whenever possible as Paul and the "tea party" have rallied for over the last few years.
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Since when do people around here listen to what the LA Times says? Insane.
Good luck to them. As a side note, this is about the fourth or fifth time I’ve seen this story posted, and it’s sad how many Freepers blindly support the War on Drugs, but claim they are for limited government, and cry when liberals use government to impose liberal morality. Anyone who is for limited government ought to also be for removing victimless crimes from the books. Government should not safeguard morality - that should be left up to the citizenry. Unless an action directly interferes with the rights of another, it should be legal. THAT’S limited government.
What’s really sad is when people talk on here all day long about how extreme leftists like Barney Frank are 100% dedicated to destroying America, but then can’t see that’s the their intent with drugs.
Let the druggies fry their own brains. They will not cost us any more than they do now.
My wife is from the old country and clearly remembers her mother’s admonition:
“Show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are.”
Ron Paul just made himself look more LOONEY!
I think the plan is to increase the number of laws so at any one time almost anybody is breaking some law somewhere. That way they can pick and choose which laws to enforce and which laws to waive.
Paul Pot and Peter Pan...lovely...
And SWAT teams killing Marines in the name of the war on drugs is a good thing...right?
Yes...that’s blood on your hands...and no...it wont wash off...
Oh, I think we’ve found the limit of the “limited government” crowd.
whats even sadder is when people tell me they are conservative and then say they support gays in marriage and drug legalization...sad...
10th amendment people, chime in...
I agree completely with this statement, but too make a sarcastic tongue in cheek statement. Alot of citizens these days are well beyond the point of making any rational decisions when it comes to morality on their own. Not saying govt should be the baby sitter but dammit, someone needs to baby sit the tons and tons of morons walking around this country
That Barney Frank is a rabid America-hater, hell-bent on devastating our financial institutions, subvert our morality, destroy the very fabric of our society, leaves nothing to the imagination.
marywanna is bad...it kills your motivation, promotes a bad attitute, and can turn a winner into a loser...
having said that, the penalties for simple possession ( up to and including death by stormtroopers ) are worse than the drug itself. Something has to give, and while legalization is probably not the answer, decriminalization is the answer.
Um... isn't that why we fight for the free exercise of religion? Isn't that THEIR job?