Skip to comments.Senators announce bill to protect states’ legalization of marijuana
Posted on 06/07/2018 1:44:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Sens. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, and Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced a bill Thursday intended to protect the laws of states that have legalized some form of marijuana from federal intervention.
The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act would ensure that states can make and enforce their own laws pertaining to the production and distribution of marijuana as long as states comply with a few federally-mandated basic protections.
Currently, 46 states and additional territories have laws permitting medical and/or recreational marijuana. Both Colorado and Massachusetts have legalized recreational marijuana. But on the federal level, the drug is still listed as a controlled substance with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse and it has been up to the Justice Department to decide how rigorously to enforce that definition.
The new bill follows an agreement Gardner reached with President Donald Trump in April, in which the Colorado senator dropped his hold on Justice Department nominees being confirmed in exchange for the presidents assurance that the DOJ would not target Colorados marijuana industry.
Our Founders intended the states to be laboratories of democracy and many states right now find themselves deep in the heart of that laboratory. But its created significant conflict between state law, federal law and how we move forward, Gardner, who said he had spoken with Trump about the bill Thursday morning, said during a press conference with Warren.
His agreement with Trump came a few months after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that his department would reverse Obama-era guidance that limited the prosecution of marijuana sales in states where it had been legalized.
At the time, Sessions said the previous guidance undermines the rule of law.
Warren noted that Sessions position on marijuana had actually spurred lawmakers to act to protect their states discretion on the issue.
Thanks to the Attorney General, more people feel the urgency of the moment in changing federal law on marijuana, Warren said. Go Jeff Sessions, she quipped. If this bill were to pass, states would no longer have to rely on the Justice Department to be more forgiving, she added.
The bill would make clear that states have the right to determine for themselves the best way to approach marijuana within their borders. It would abide by the federal requirements that are already in place, including prohibiting people under the age of 18 from working in the industry and prohibiting the distribution of marijuana at transportation safety facilities like rest stops and truck stops.
It would also maintain a prohibition on the sale of marijuana to people under age 21 other than for medical purposes.
But the bill would make clear that marijuana businesses in states where it is legal are engaged in legitimate commerce and would allow them to take advantage of all of the trappings of commercial activity, including using the banking system and claiming business tax deductions.
Claritys important. Important for the businesses and important for the people who use marijuana, Warren said.
Gardner said he wouldnt speak for the president but suggested that it would make sense for him to support the effort.
I think this will be an opportunity for us to fulfill what is that federalism approach, he said.
The Marijuana Policy Project, a legalization advocacy group, called Gardner and Warrens bill the most significant piece of marijuana-related legislation ever introduced in Congress.
While we look forward to the day when there is full acceptance of cannabis at the federal level, we heartily embrace the states rights approach proposed by this bill, Don Murphy, conservative outreach director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement.
Now that right there is working across the aisle.
Time to share peace pipe with Liawhopper
Granny Sessions was unavailable for comment.
You owe me dry cleaning on this shirt.
CO ping (same story as before, different thread, more recent posting)
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em I guess.
This is good from a politician’s perspective. It stupefies the electorate so they will believe the lies and continue to vote for them. Not only is pot legal in Washington state, Seattle wants to have supervised heroin shooting galleries so the junkies can use clean needles and be saved with Narcan if they O.D. Coming soon to a libtard city near you. Slippery slope there.
They had to save me with Narcan during my amputation last December because all the morphine and other opioids they were giving me for pain were not being absorbed and were building up or some such. I still don’t fully understand what happened.
I live in Gardner’s district-he’s a snake.
It would help make the effects of marijuana more in line with other drugs if the DEA and/or Congress would reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I drug to a lower classification:
Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:
heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote
Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are:
Combination products with less than 15 milligrams of hydrocodone per dosage unit (Vicodin), cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin
Schedule III drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Schedule III drugs abuse potential is less than Schedule I and Schedule II drugs but more than Schedule IV. Some examples of Schedule III drugs are:
Products containing less than 90 milligrams of codeine per dosage unit (Tylenol with codeine), ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone
Schedule IV drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Some examples of Schedule IV drugs are:
Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Talwin, Ambien, Tramadol
Schedule V drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. Schedule V drugs are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes. Some examples of Schedule V drugs are:
cough preparations with less than 200 milligrams of codeine or per 100 milliliters (Robitussin AC), Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica, Parepectolin
And then there is the Cost:
No Insurance from $2431.43 - $5642.04 for 120 count.
With Insurance it's a $3.00 Copay.
This stuff has been around since the Late '30s - Early '40s in Germany. So SHOW ME WHY THIS PRICING IS THIS WAY...???
Table 2 Pharmacoeconomics:
Comparison to methadone and morphine Opioid Cost per tablet
Levorphanol 2 mg AWP: $1.74
Morphine ER 15 mg AWP:
$ 0.89 Methadone 5 mg AWP:
$0.09 Methadone 10 mg AWP:
AWP average wholesale price (dollars)
Stock - I'm sure they are.
This is why SUDDENLY we have an Opioid Crisis- so they can create these "pain clinics" and control every aspect of Pain Management while dragging out Meds from history and charging these outrageous prices.
It has to do with the drug build up in the Plasma.
What happened to all the Smoking Nazis that harasses us for years??? (I think they are the same ones now smoking pot!)
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