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National Conference of State Legislatures Passes Resolution “In Support of States Determining Their Own Marijuana and Hemp Policies”

  • by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director August 7, 2015

    voteThe National Conference of State Legislatures passed a resolution yesterday urging the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act and to refrain from interfering with state laws permitting the legal production and use of cannabis.

    The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan, non-governmental organization founded in 1975 to unite members of legislature’s from around the United States. The council works to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promote innovative policy and communication among state legislatures, and to magnify their voice in the federal system.

    The NCSL resolves “[S]tates and localities should be able to set whatever marijuana and hemp policies work best to improve the public safety, health, and economic development of their communities.” Members passed the resolution overwhelmingly by a voice vote.

    The vote represents a strong consensus among state lawmakers that the federal government should embrace, not impede the progress states have made to amend their marijuana laws, and encourages federal lawmakers to consider rescheduling marijuana in order for states to safely and effectively move forward in their reforms.

    Currently 23 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws on the books, and half of all US states recognize industrial hemp. Four states plus Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for recreational use.  There is no doubt states have recognized the failed efforts of marijuana prohibition and are eager to try out other policies. NORML commends the resolution adopted by the National Conference of State Legislatures and will continue to advocate for the federal government’s compliance.

    14 Responses to “National Conference of State Legislatures Passes Resolution “In Support of States Determining Their Own Marijuana and Hemp Policies””

    1. Miles says:

      America would be a better place if the National Council of State Legislatures could replace our Congress! Seriously! We don’t need Congress. They are mostly a bunch of rich people who make rules that mostly help themselves. They’re useless at best and very harmful to our country at worst. I have no respect for that Govt body. I’m sure that part of our Govt made sense at one point in time, and would make sense now, if only we had decent human beings serving us as a part of it.

    2. Just An Observer says:

      This is good news! Need I say more?

    3. Raven says:

      Where can we find o list of states that were represented at the council?

    4. TheOracle says:

      Kudos to Danielle on this thoughtful and well-written article.

      A team National Council of State Legislatures representatives should join the panels of people who are interviewed on the pseudo-news on Fox News and other media that continue to perpetuate the lies about cannabis and the cannabis community.

      CNN is airing a special on Morton Downey Jr., and I hope the show some footage of him practically foaming at the mouth taking the side of prohibition. I remember watching his show on Channel 9 out of Secaucus, New Jersey. He and Chris Christie share the same view and bullying style.

      I am hoping there will be NEW pro-potumentaries produced that include Oregon and Alaska, and the progress and events since the last CNN and Harry Smith specials, updates in Colorado, Washington, California, DC, and other states & territories (Guam) and portray cannabis in a positive way. Theses shows and others, as well as articles in the print media, need to debunk the prohibitionist arguments of prohibitionist presidential and congressional candidates so that the next president is not going to allow the positive pot progress to be undone. Legalization needs to continue to move forward until it actually happens at the federal level and at the international level. Period.

      Any way of getting a free pitch in there for viewers to join NORML, MPP, DPA etc.? Just need a cameo from Keith Stroup or Rob Kampia or Ethan Nadelmann (he’s so hot!) and let them tell viewers to check out joining at the website.

    5. Galileo Galilei says:

      “[S]tates and localities should be able to set whatever marijuana and hemp policies work best to improve the public safety, health, and economic development of their communities.”

      You say you want a revolution…

    6. Bob Constantine says:

      The Federal Government never had the power to prohibit substances in the first place. According to their own constitution the ninth and tenth amendment (bill of rights) those things are reserved to the states and “people”.

      When alcohol was prohibited, the constitution had to be amended.

      …Not that I believe the right of self ownership comes from a piece of paper. or for that matter ca ever be protected by a piece of paper.

    7. Bob Constantine says:

      The Federal Government never had the power to prohibit substances in the first place. According to their own constitution the ninth and tenth amendment (bill of rights) those things are reserved to the states and “people”.

      When alcohol was prohibited, the constitution had to be amended.

      …Not that I believe the right of self ownership comes from a piece of paper. or for that matter can ever be protected by a piece of paper.

    8. At first this sounds like good news, but alas! I fear that this will be yet another voice in the vast but impotent chorus that calls for a reform of our nation’s drug policies. Congress is not listening to any of us!

    9. Ben says:

      Excellent.

      Now, if DC can be nudged into the daylight…

    10. Mark I. says:

      We would better trust the legislators’ efforts if the knowledge base on the subject was accurate and scientific.

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