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Representatives Lieu and Amash Introduce Legislation Ending Funding For Marijuana Suppression

  • by NORML January 18, 2018

    Rep. Ted Lieu

    Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) and Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) have reintroduced HR 4816: The Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act.

    The measure restricts civil asset forfeiture funds from being used for the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication / Suppression Program. The bill would prohibit the transfer of property that would be used for cannabis eradication from a federal or state/local agency and ensures precious federal resources are not wasted on marijuana eradication.

    With the Justice Department having rescinded Obama-era directives limiting the federal government’s involvement in marijuana states, and with the future of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment uncertain, it is essential that elected officials address this measure and halt officials from taking civil actions against state-compliant operators who have never even been convicted of a crime.

    Now that one in five Americans resides in a jurisdiction where the adult use of cannabis is legal under state statute, and the majority of citizens reside someplace where the medical use of cannabis is legally authorized, it’s more important than ever to defang the DEA.

    Click here to send a message to your Representative to encourage them to support this bill.

    Upon introduction, Rep. Lieu said:

    “The Federal Government has a responsibility to spend taxpayer money wisely. Instead, AG Jeff Sessions would rather waste federal dollars by attacking marijuana, which has been legalized either for medical or recreational use in the majority of states in the U.S. The DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program is a waste of time and money and runs contrary to the will of the people.”

    Upon introduction, Rep. Amash said:

    Civil asset forfeiture is an unconstitutional practice whereby the government takes people’s property without due process. The DEA’s use of proceeds acquired through civil asset forfeiture to expand marijuana enforcement—a state-level issue—makes the already unacceptable practice even worse. I’m pleased to introduce the Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act along with Rep. Lieu to end this program.

    Rep. Lieu additionally included a message from NORML Political Director Justin Strekal in his announcement of the bill:

    “Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition. With eight states and the District of Columbia now having legalized its personal use and 30 states having legalized medical marijuana, it is time that the DEA cease interfering with state-legal programs and stop wasting taxpayer dollars that would be better directed at going after the pill-mills contributing to the nations opioid crisis.”

    22 responses to “Representatives Lieu and Amash Introduce Legislation Ending Funding For Marijuana Suppression”

    1. Julian says:

      ALERT: hide your stash and keep supplies low in dispensaries tonight:

      https://www.marijuanamoment.net/government-shutdown-let-sessions-attack-medical-marijuana/

      “Ending funding for marijuana supression” appears unlikely to happen until Republican Representative Pete Session is replaced by a Democratic in his Dallas district in November.

    2. Julian says:

      With all this pending bad news I thought this little link would cheer us up:

      https://www.yahoo.com/news/chris-christie-reportedly-turned-away-054441746.html

      Ol Chrispi Kreme tried to use VIP access at airport security now that he’s no longer Governor and was escorted by police back to the regular line.

      While the new Democratic Governor of NJ announces he will legalize marijuana, Christi was denied special access to transportation like his own personal self-inflicted Bridgegate.

      We’ll take small victories when we can. 🙂

      • Evening Bud says:

        I would’ve given anything to see the look on Krispy’s face when the guard told him to get in line with the little people. The article I read also mentioned that he will lose his personal govt-funded police guard sometime this year too. Color Krispy’s world blue.

        • Julian says:

          If we don’t pay attention to the details, Bud, than White House Councels don’t have the balls to say “No, or I resign!” 🙂

    3. Ruth Golden says:

      Sessions USSR agent seeking US turmoil.

    4. river Alph says:

      Why in the name of Magu cant’t we just get marijuana off the Schedule of federal controlled substances, this would be a sagacious and prudent move and eliminate so many of the problems and controversies. Being married to a Jeff Sessions clone it causes much marital discord for me if the law changed it would help my personal situation.

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