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Federal Legislation Introduced To Exclude Cannabis From The Controlled Substances Act

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director February 28, 2017

    take_actionRepresentatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have introduced bipartisan legislation in Congress to exclude marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act, thus providing states with the exclusive authority to regulate the plant how best they see fit.

    The “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” removes the cannabis plant from the CSA so that it is no longer scheduled under federal law. This legislation gives states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference.

    Individual states are “more than capable” of deciding their own cannabis policies, Rep. Garrett explained in a prepared statement.

    According to polling data released last week by Quinnipiac University, 59 percent of Americans endorse legalizing the adult use of marijuana, and 71 percent of voters — including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, believe that state governments, not the federal government, should be the ultimate arbiters of marijuana policy.

    With the recent confirmation of militant marijuana prohibitionist Jeff Sessions to the position of US Attorney General, and with comments from the Trump administration warning of a coming federal crackdown in adult use states, our best defense is a strong offense.

    Please take time today to contact your federal elected officials and urge them to act on passage of the “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.” You can do so by clicking here.

    Speaking earlier today before the National Association of Attorney Generals, Session’s doubled-down on his reefer rhetoricdenying scientific facts that legalizing cannabis access is associated with lower rates of opioid abuse (“Give me a break,” he responded) and urging state AGs, “[W]e don’t need to be legalizing marijuana.”

    If the Justice Department won’t listen to reason, then we must take this issue out of its hands. Act now to pass the “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” to ensure that medical marijuana patients and others are protected from undue federal interference.

    131 Responses to “Federal Legislation Introduced To Exclude Cannabis From The Controlled Substances Act”

    1. TheOracle says:

      Yes, this looks like the easiest way to legalize swiftly and easiest.

      Jeff Sessions is a total loser. He is fake news. He uses alternate facts, shit he is pulling out of his ass. That scorpion hasn’t changed his nature.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jeff-sessions-warns-america-marijuana-grocery-store_us_58b58d8de4b0a8a9b7863d93?pstfwcpmfp1ty8ehfr&

      • Matt says:

        Oh, sorry TheOracle, did not see you found the article on Huffington already. Well, perhaps my Yahoo! article can also be posted, again, everyone can comment in the comments section in support of legalization. Thanks, TheOracle, though, glad you saw it too. Very scary indeed, although I will say, Sessions STILL has not said for CERTAIN that he will crackdown, but I know better than that!

        • ds says:

          Take a look at the latest 4473 form, and federal overreach as far as medicinal use of Marijuana started in 2016. It is a states issue and decisions, none of federal gov. business. We are probably in for another fight.

      • Matt says:

        Jefferson Sessions has to be the most DELUSIONAL man on the PLANET. UNBELIEVABLE!

      • Cat Cassie says:

        He said if it’s legal young people will be using it. That is a false statement as Govenor Hickinlooper even said teen use is down since legalization. Also legal mj is paying for scholarships. So when he pulls the plug on it he will be hurting more than just the consumers.

        • Mark Mitcham says:

          Excellent link, Mexweed. I advise everyone to take a quick look.

          Sessions has been fighting FOR the Big Tobacco for decades, and fiercely resisted defining tobacco as “a drug.”

          Of course, tobacco is a drug. It is extremely addictive, and is more deadly than all the other drugs combined.

          Sessions is DRUG WARRIOR. Like Trump, he cares nothing for our society or the people who live in it.

          His Goal, and Trump’s, is war.

          Get ready.

        • Julian says:

          Sometimes I imagine a technology that can laser-project links to peer-reviewed evidence right behind a politician while they lie. Everyone could just download an app that could verify the link’s authenticity and independent investigations would be triggered. But then I realize the hubris of lies Trump and Sessions said during and after the campaign that didnt require a link so much as drain where we could flush these @$$wipes.
          And then I remind myself that any accountability of an independent investigations always goes beyond the politician to the special interests who purchase them using the money from the consumers who purchase their products. And theres a damn label on a cigarette box that says “will cause cancer.” And people still buy them? What do we need? A 3D hollogram video of someone dying on a respirator popping up next to Sessions while he talks with another video image of a healthy person consuming marijuana? Is that what our average attention tolerance for research has been reduced to?
          What really gets me is Sessions was the first Senator to endorse Trump and people I know who voted for Trump acted surprised when he was nominated to AG. Aspertame, nicotine and Fox “news” cause brain damage. I seen it.

        • TheOracle says:

          Thanks for posting this link. He’s an old guard prohibitionist.

      • TiredOf Ignorance says:

        I see ignorance is alive and thriving here. Too bad ignorance is the new NORML!

    2. Craig Doriety says:

      Glad to see bipartisan approach. Need this to happen. I have always seen this as a states rights issue. Some people seem to support states rights only when it is something they approve of. Can’t pick and choose.

      • Christian says:

        State rights! i was under the impression we all had the same rights. how can anyone say its ok in colorado but not georgia. are they better than georgia ? I guess they just have more balls to stand for whats right tired of the politics end it !!!!!

        • Mark Mitcham says:

          I hear you. People’s rights!

          Look, I’ll take the “states’ rights” protections that we have, and I am grateful for them. But at the same time, I don’t wish to be guilty of situational ethics, and I think human rights and civil rights are far more relevant here… because states are like corporations — they’re legal fictions, which may (or may not) be necessary social constructs, but they certainly are not flesh-and-blood sentient beings! And so, their “rights” are largely metaphorical as well, and always less than that of an actual human being. Any “rights” states may have are derivatives of the rights of actual human beings.

          Politically speaking, I think we should support the rights of states like Colorado to legalize it, because that’s the law (and because my ass depends on it personally, I don’t deny it); but our primary arguments should go deeper — civil rights, human rights, and social justice.

    3. Matt says:

      Hi everyone. I am coming back on here tonight sometime to comment on this article. I just wanted to share an interesting article I found today that, while I know might be semi-relevant, I wanted to post before it became to late in the comments section:

      https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trump-is-killing-this-trump-supporters-weed-business-191135028.html#comments

      Stay strong, and let us have hope for Mr. Lee.

      • Matt says:

        and, oh, please feel free to show your support for legalization in the comments section at the bottom of the Yahoo! article if you so choose/this article. See you all later, and keep the faith and the passion.

      • Mark Mitcham says:

        @ Matt,
        Thanks for the link to the interesting article. It boggles my mind to think that anybody in the pot business could be upbeat about a Trump administration. I saw this coming the day after the election.

        Trump supporters just can’t seem to get it through their heads that they’ve been scammed: Trump never was, and never will be, a public servant. THAT WAS THE SCAM! He is a con-man, he is there solely to enrich himself and his cohorts.

        The con was successful, he’s shoved it into their faces, and they still don’t get it. Wow.

        Pro-pot Trump supporters are still talking about what would be good for the country, or good for the economy — as if Trump gives a shit! He never did, he never will.

        And, he is still working the scam, even now! He’s still at it! Everything he does is to enrich himself — it’s one big criminal shakedown of America herself! And they don’t see it; or at least, they pretend not to see it!

        How do you break through a denial that severe?

        • Jack says:

          The problem is you think its the GOP thats corrupt but the Democrats are as well, so when you call out one side as if the other is the solution it becomes a non-solution.

          • Julian says:

            Calling out Trump or Sessions or any member of the GOP for their selfish enrichment is not automatically saying Democrats dont do it either. False equivalency is a wasted diversion when we need to be focused on the green Act tab in this webpage.

            • Matt says:

              I totally agree with you, Julian. While there are many tears and much outrage, emotion alone won’t solve anything. We need to ACT, and the link is right up there!

          • Four More Years says:

            On November 8th we “Snatched Defeat From the Jaws of Victory”..
            Some people voted for weed and Trump,
            Some people voted for weed and Johnson, Stein, or simply left the President box blank..
            And now look what’s happened..
            Traditionally the Democrats have been, if only slightly,, a little better on Weed.
            On an earlier post I wrote a satire about the Democrats after all these years trying weed (as in endorsing a path to legalization in the platform) ,, and it ” didn’t do anything for us” (as in at the ballot box).
            I understand why some people just can’t vote for democrats,, but,, you screwed the pooch on this one..
            Not much good I can say about Hillary,, but I think she would have played bass on this one… ( as Mayor of the Simpsons put it,,, “let it not be said that whatever way the wind is blowing,, I do not also blow” )
            Trump,, hey, if the majority of the Republican base was for weed,, then right now we would all be smoking ” Trump Brand Awesomely Awesome Fine Marijuana in the Bigly Container ” They’re not and we’re not…
            You want to wait until the Republicans come around,, fine, your in Good Company. It took us 50 years to get the Democrats.. what’s another 50 years,,, I’ll light my first legal joint from a candle on my 105th birthday cake.

            • MSimon says:

              “if the majority of the Republican base was for weed”

              It will happen faster if the movement was more Republican friendly. I write for them. Here is an example:

              https://www.spartareport.com/2017/02/help-could-be-on-the-way/

            • Mark Mitcham says:

              Once, years ago, a committed, life-long Republican, who also happens to personally support marijuana legalization, told me something that has been driving me nuts ever since. He told me, “I just think marijuana legalization should happen under a Republican administration.”

              In other words, for him, it was “R’s” before “MJ’s”. He is apparently willing to wait that long (fifty years, let’s say) for the Republicans to “come around”, rather than enable Democrats in any way. By his calculation, that was worth the wait.

              If that’s a view that is representative of the rest of the lot, then we’re not going to get a lot of help from the “R”‘s for the next fifty years or so, and therefore perhaps ought not waste resources trying to persuade them, if this is indeed the case. If this is true, we should consider all pro-pot Republicans merely Republican propagandists, who would be only using the issue of cannabis legalization as a vehicle to promote their white supremacist agenda.

              We should not be complicit in this.

        • Matt says:

          And my pleasure, Mark!

        • Jimmy Dale Perry says:

          Trumps russian connections should bring him down during the investigations he is the subject of. I was listening to MSNBC the day before the address, the reason trump is enamored of Putin, is the money he was paid in a convoluted scheme of scratch my back I’ll scratch yours. A certain man called the king of fertilizer paid Trump $100,000.000 for a mansion that trump paid $40,000,000 for with out any personal contact. His go between was his new commerce secretary who was the president of the bank of Cyprus that was used to launder the money from russian oligarchs.

          • Dain Bramage says:

            Stunning. To think that our best hope for protection from Sessions may be Trump’s traitorous involvement with Russia, and the ongoing, often conflicting investigations into all of that?!

            News reports tell me Sessions has lied under oath during his confirmation hearings, and as a result of that scandal, has recused himself from investigations into the Trump campaign, but that the FBI (Remember FBI director James Comey, who HIMSELF interfered in the election, for Trump and against Hillary?) is REFUSING TO COOPERATE with the congressional investigations into the Trump/Russia connections? This is some big-time, high-level shit happening here.

            Thus, Trump may, in fact, be holding Sessions back from attacking the marijuana industry, but not in the way that his supporters on this blog have been suggesting! Trump has Sessions jumping around, just trying to keep his job and stay out of jail!

            But I wouldn’t count on that to distract them for very long. We still have a big, big problem.

          • Julian says:

            The Russian man youre talking about is Dimitry Ryobovlovlev:

            https://www.palmerreport.com/news/dmitry-rybolovlev-who-keeps-flying-in-to-meet-donald-trump-owns-russian-money-laundering-bank/1692/

            He’s a Russian money launderer. Russians oligarchs like Dimitry have a need to launder cash around U.S. sanctions. Trump ran for president because he needed to crawl out of tax debt. And he’s a con man: terrible at business as what taxes of his we have seen reveal. Trump was so costic after his casino and Trump airline failures that US banks wouldnt loan him a dime since the mid-nineties. And he owed them alot. So to keep the lights on at Trump resorts, Hotels, golf courses and other properties Trump had to borrow Russian money. A lot of Russian money.

            The insane fact is not only has Trump put his surrogates in hot water to fund his campaign with Russian laundered money, first with Flynn, now Sessions, but our current President is STILL attempting to secretly meet with Ryobovlovlev! That’s right; the guy that couldn’t have enough camera time, that won the election from the washing machine of laundered cash that our campaigns have become since Citizens United sold our Democratic Republic to the highest laundering bidder$ (Adelson, John Paulson, etc.) …actually believes he can just skip off to Switzerland unnoticed and meet with ol Dimitry… a guy who owns the bank of Cyprus which is known to illegally launder Russian money… And Trump is so full of hubris he thinks he can meet with Dimitry any time he needs to without being noticed?!
            It’s an almost laughable exposition of witless failure and yet the GOP still backs him? How long can this go on?

            • Julian says:

              To keep it on topic, money launderers are a major force at promoting marijuana prohibition. Prohibiting state legal marijuana operations is another form of enriching powerful laundering brokers. Laundering promotes prohibition because every tax evader from black market cartels to black ops needs to clean their books for the banks and the launderers feel compelled to protect their best client$.
              Just take one example in my previous post: Sheldon Adelson. The casino magnate donated millions to stop various initiatives, successfully stopping legalization in Florida and Arizona. Sheldon hit the news back when Romney was running for President and took a hard break from the campaign to go to Vegas and kiss Adelson’s rings for funds. It was a new era of Citizens United where our own election campaigns effectively became money washing machines, creating unprecedented demand and supply to launder money. Trump largely ran as if he didnt need Adelson or the Koch brothers, with publications saying “Trump hadnt received any money” from them, pleasing the egos of his Trumped-up followers still wounded by Romney’s public @$$ ki$$ing. Clearly,Trump believed he didnt need the money anyway; he had a deal with Russia. (Thats right, I said it: prove me wrong). But with laundry donors as powerful as off shore tax havens for Big Pharma in the game, candidates dont need to ask for support, if they say yes to these off shore tax havens theyll get the help anyway. Notice how Trump funded his campaign by loaning money to his own campaign? Notice how Adelson sat right behind Trump during his innaugeration?
              The only ways to get marijuana fully out of prohibition is to allow legal access to cannabanking. (Click on the green Act button)

              We can have an elevated conversation about off shore tax havens, ending Citizens United and the need for capitalist government economies to hide campaign money later; for now lets figure out how to our get legal cannabis out of the washing machine.

          • MSimon says:

            Well of course. Trump’s Russian connections.

            You are aware that Hillary was involved with selling off a part of America’s uranium reserves to the Russians. Aren’t you?

            ========

            The sky is not falling. Trump still supports Medical Cannabis. As good as I’d like? No.

            Still better than any previous President.

            • Julian says:

              I just read my own posts against yours and I noticed one major difference: A link to facts. You sound rediculous. And your false equivalencies are not helping end marijuana prohibition or the survival of our Democratic Republic. Do the Clintons launder money? Of course. Does anyone believe their Clinton Foundation is comparable to the racket Trump has going with Russia? Far fewer than the elections you little propagandist you…
              As long as Citizens United is around we will see money laundering in our campaign. We’ve been down this road before MSimon but you still wont pull your head out of your @$$. So lets agree on one thing: Click on the Act tab, call our Congressman:
              202-224-3121

              And lets focus on the “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” and ending prohibition together, shall we?

            • Mark Mitcham says:

              @ Julian,
              Ever notice how MSimon never answers any questions? Never acknowledges a single fact? Just blows right past all inconsistencies and contradictions?! That pushes my buttons more than anything, I think. It’s like arguing with your goddamn TV set!!

      • TheOracle says:

        Nice read, thanks for posting the link to the article.

        Just because Trump isn’t interested in the cannabis business doesn’t mean he should put the kibosh on it. If he wants jobs, well, small businesses and start-ups such as those in the cannabis sector are the kinds of businesses that will make jobs–if they can stay in business long enough.

        An even playing field for banking and with the IRS would help greatly, as well as keeping Jerk Sessions from fucking up things for the cannabis community.

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/who-actually-creates-jobs-start-ups-small-businesses-or-big-corporations/2013/04/24/d373ef08-ac2b-11e2-a8b9-2a63d75b5459_story.html?utm_term=.c67ce1ac0e0d

        http://www.nber.org/digest/feb11/w16300.html

        • Mark Mitcham says:

          What Trump “should” do is irrelevant to Trump. He is a thug and a sociopath.

          • MSimon says:

            “What Trump “should” do is irrelevant to Trump. He is a thug and a sociopath.”

            Wonderful comment!

            Guaranteed to attract the Republican support we need to further our ambitions.

            Way to go!

            • Julian says:

              The way were gaining support is because Trump supporters who support marijuana legalization are done with the @$$ ki$$ing. Once again, MSimon, we will work with Republicans that exhibit reason and act on their support for marijuana legalization. It worked out great for me and my Republican state legislator, but thats a rare example. Trump’s credibility is so damaged at this point he’s a sinking ship, much like in Matt’s link to the Trump-supporting cannabis-ship owner from Florida is having to do today; sink millions of dollars because he couldnt accept the guy he voted for is a con man.
              Can you?

            • Mark Mitcham says:

              The thing is, MSimon, Trump’s thuggish, sexist, racist, bigoted, psychotic behavior clearly doesn’t offend you; I base this on your blatant and perpetual Trump promotional propaganda.

              The groping, the threats, the lies, the scams, the Russian ties, the corruption, the scandals, the deceptions, the perjuries… none of it bothers you — at least, not enough to be honest about it, not enough to admit any of the basic facts.

              No, what upsets you IS WHEN I SAY IT!

              MSimon, screw you. Your priorities are so skewed and repugnant, I will never stop calling you on your vomit-stream of lies.

              Will that offend other Trumprhoids like yourself? Probably.

              Well boo fucking hoo.

    4. Ben says:

      This, ladies and gentlemen, this is what we need.

    5. Rick zdany says:

      Put an end to prohibition on MJ !!!
      Recreational AN medical !!!
      Absurd…we the people have spoken !!!

    6. Adam V. says:

      As a law abiding citizen(I felt the need to quit a few years ago in order to be one) who has Parkinson’s Disease and knows the value of Marijuana’s medicinal properties, I hope and pray that common sense is used rather than complete bias to this issue.

    7. It’s a plant, that saves life’s not takes them, however they will never be legalized, to much money from big pharm, it’s a damn shame too, thought we was living in the land of the free

      • Mark Mitcham says:

        @ Brandon halcomb,
        Cannabis is a “miracle” drug; but it cannot legalize itself — so, if you haven’t already, please click on the green “act” tab on the front page of this website.

    8. Put an end to marijuana prohibition for the sake of healthcare.

      • Mark Mitcham says:

        Did you send an email?
        Did you click the green “act” tab?
        Are you willing to “participate in your own liberation”, as Gandhi advises?

    9. Mark Mitcham says:

      Please, everybody: go up to the article above, find the sentence that says

      Please take time today to contact your federal elected officials and urge them to act on passage of the “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.” You can do so by clicking here.

      …go to the word “here”, (in the article above, not this comment) and click on it!

      Fill in your name and address and stuff (don’t be scared, be brave) and send the email!

      Please! We seriously need everybody who reads this to send an email, at the very minimum. It’s not hard, and it’s the least you can do if you truly care about marijuana legalization. This is the moment to join in, and act.

      The good news is it’s fast and easy, so there’s no excuse not to do it! Please!!!

    10. YearofAction says:

      This sounds good! Where do we find the text of the Bill?

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