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Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/11/18

  • by Carly Wolf, NORML Political Associate May 11, 2018

    Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!

    Let’s talk about Congress. Earlier this week, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) cosponsored the Marijuana Justice Act! Sen. Harris announced in a video message that she will be joining Senators Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Ron Wyden in promoting this important legislation. This comes just a week and a half after California senior Senator Diane Feinstein (D) told reporters that she has dropped her opposition to ending the federal prohibition of marijuana. And U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says he is cosponsoring Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) hemp legalization bill.

    Additionally, in a historical first, a Congressional committee has advanced marijuana law reform legislation; one that would encourage the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct more studies on cannabis’ medical benefits.

    At the state level, Michigan Senate Republicans are expected to discuss whether to enact marijuana legalization instead of allowing the question to appear on the November ballot, with the fear that a ballot question would turn out hundreds of thousands of democratic voters. The New Jersey Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee will hold a Saturday hearing on marijuana legalization, and county prosecutors across Vermont are looking at ways to expunge prior marijuana convictions.

    Also, Connecticut’s legislative leaders said marijuana legalization is off the table for this session. As more state legislatures are adjourning for this year, more and more bills are dying, and therefore there are not as many legislative updates as we’ve been seeing earlier in the year.

    At a more local level, The Allentown, Pennsylvania City Council gave initial approval to a proposed marijuana decriminalization ordinance, and also adopted a resolution calling on state lawmakers to end cannabis criminalization. The Milwaukee County, Wisconsin County Board’s Judiciary Committee voted in favor of placing a nonbinding marijuana legalization on the November ballot, and Denver, Colorado is planning to use marijuana tax revenue to fund public housing.

    Following are the bills from around the country that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check http://norml.org/act for legislation pending in your state.

    Don’t forget to sign up for our email list and we will keep you posted as these bills and more move through your home state legislature and at the federal level.

    Your Highness,
    Carly

    Priority Alerts

    Federal

    End Prohibition: Representatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have introduced bipartisan legislation, HR 1227, to exclude marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, thus leaving states the authority to regulate the plant how best they see fit.

    The “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” eliminates federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing the plant. This legislation gives states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference.

    Click here to e-mail your Representative and urge them to support this important legislation

    Louisiana

    House Bill 579 would expand the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis by permitting physicians to authorize cannabis therapy to those suffering from chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, severe muscle spasms or glaucoma.

    Update: HB 579 was approved by the Senate 25-9 on 5/9. The bill now heads back to the House for review of Senate changes. A separate measure, HB 627, to permit patients with autism to be able to qualify for medical cannabis access, also passed the Senate and awaits reconsideration by the House.

    LA resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of medical expansion

    California

    Assembly Bill 2069 seeks to strengthen employment rights for medical cannabis patients. The bill would explicitly bar employers from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a medical cannabis patient, or due to testing positive for medical marijuana use on a workplace drug test.

    Update: AB 2069 will be heard by the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee on 5/16 at 9am in State Capitol, Room 4202.

    CA resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of employment rights for patients

     

    Additional Actions to Take

    Arizona

    Senate Bill 1098 seeks to establish an industrial hemp agricultural pilot program.

    The program is designed to research the “growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp” by licensed providers. Lawmakers acknowledge that “developing and using industrial hemp can improve the economy and agricultural vitality” of Arizona.

    Update: SB 1098 passed the Senate on 2/15 and passed the House on 5/3. It now awaits action from Governor Ducey.

    AZ resident? Click here to email Gov. Ducey in support of an industrial hemp pilot program

    Illinois

    Senate Bill 2298 seeks to expand the state’s hemp law.

    The bill provides for the ability of individuals to cultivate hemp with a state license even if they are not part of the state’s Agriculture Department pilot program. That program only permits hemp cultivation as part of a state-sponsored research program.

    Update: SB 2298 was heard by the House Agriculture & Conservation Committee, and then approved by the committee on 5/8.

    IL resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of industrial hemp expansion

    California

    Banking
    Senate Bill 930 seeks to assist financial institutions in safely conducting transactions with licensed cannabis businesses.

    Update: SB 930 will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee on 5/22.

    CA resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of banking access for cannabis businesses

    Taxes
    Assembly Bill 3157 seeks to temporarily reduce tax rates imposed on the retail sale and commercial cultivation of cannabis.

    Update: AB 3157 was heard by the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions on 5/8, and then approved by the committee on 5/9. The bill will be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on 5/16.

    CA resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of temporarily lowering taxes

    That’s all for this week, check back next Friday for more legislative updates!

    53 responses to “Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/11/18”

    1. Julian says:

      “At the state level, Michigan Senate Republicans are expected to discuss whether to enact marijuana legalization instead of allowing the question to appear on the ballot, with the fear that a ballot question would turn out hundreds of thousands of democratic voters.”
      There’s something tragically cathartic to that statement. Don’t Democrats know that if they just showed up to the polls more, regardless if our state has voter initiatives and especially during midterms like this November, we would have already legalized marijuana at the federal level?

      • Matt says:

        TOTALLY agree, Julian, and young voters, too! Same seems true most everywhere. Great news for Vets, thanks, Carly, great details today.:)

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Gotta second Julian here. It is a remarkable statement that he has highlighted.

        And, what does that say about the Republican view on marijuana legalization, and the Republican commitment to serve their constituents, that they would only be willing to do it IF IT FUCKED OVER THE DEMOCRATS?!

        It says Republicans don’t care about governing; they only care about exploiting the governed for money and power.

      • Anonymous says:

        Uh on, can it be the Mich GOpers are hypocrites and opportunists???

        You’re right Julian, about Dems needing to go to the polls. I grew up with a few never-vote types (and, yes, they were stoners) and it continues to piss me off.

        • Julian says:

          Evening Bud?
          Pretty sure that’s you. It’s frustrating when it’s a close friend or family. I have a brother who I would refuse to hear complain about politics at poker night because I knew he wasn’t registered to vote. Finally, one day I got fed up and had him sign a voter registration card after lunch. Then I called his lazy @$$ to tell him a new voting station just opened up 2 BLOCKS away from him during the Texas primaries… and he STILL didn’t vote.
          He’s generally a smart guy… (well… more of a smart @$$) but I just don’t get the cognitive dissonance required to refuse to do anything as our liberty gets taken away from us. It’s like complaining that the animals are eating up the garden and all you have to do is get up and close the gate.

          • Evening Bud says:

            Yer right, Julian, twas me. I’m forever frustrated with those who won’t get off their dead asses to vote–even when a vote would directly help them!! I know too many of those types.

        • Dain Bramage says:

          Speaking of the Blue Wave, that’s what finally changed Sen. Diane Feinstein’s mind: a progressive primary challenger from the left! That is powerful evidence that we have the momentum. Vote Democratic, and primary out the Neo-libs!

          From KATE IRBY and McClatchy DC Bureau:
          kirby@mcclatchy.org
          May 01, 2018 05:12 PM
          Updated May 03, 2018 07:26 PM
          “Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a longtime opponent of legalizing recreational marijuana, now says the federal government should not interfere in California’s legal marijuana market.

          “In comments to McClatchy Tuesday — in the middle of a 2018 campaign for her seat in a state that has settled into the legal pot market — the California Democrat said she was open to considering federal protection for state-legalized marijuana.

          “Feinstein’s office said her views changed after meetings with constituents, particularly those with young children who have benefited from medical marijuana use.

          “Federal law enforcement agents should not arrest Californians who are adhering to California law,” said Feinstein, who faces a challenge from Kevin de Leon, who’s attracting many liberals who see Feinstein as too moderate.

          “While not a champion of the marijuana issue, de Leon hasn’t opposed legalization either. Democratic consultant Steven Maviglio said de Leon could use opposition to portray Feinstein as out of touch, an argument the strategist said has been the challenger’s ‘meal ticket.'”

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          • Evening Bud says:

            Dain,

            You’re right about Feinstein. I’ve always thought her a DINO, and will celebrate the day she’s replaced by a progressive. At her age, you wouldn’t think that she’d be worried about primaries; but she can obviously sense the dynamics in Calif.

            I know I should celebrate her “conversion” but am so disgusted with politicos like her, that I just want her gone.

            • Julian says:

              Dido. With Feinstein’s voting record, it would be hard to believe she dropped her pharma-doners unless she suddenly rejected PAC money. As long as that dark money keeps flowing into politics we end up with spineless bait and switchery.

            • Dain Bramage says:

              Yeah. I celebrate the conditions that drove Feinstein to convert, more than her conversion itself. And I would likely vote for her progressive primary challenger, Kevin de Leon, if I lived in that district.

              But, if she wins the primary, I would also hold my nose and vote for her over any Republican, in the general election.

              This is the time for the Democrats and the progressive left to stand together, and punch back!

            • Dain Bramage says:

              I meant “state” not “district” as Feinstein is a Senator, not a Representative. Like most Americans, my civics education ain’t so hot.

            • Dain Bramage says:

              Here’s six DINO’s we Democrats should squeeze out of office. Any Democrat who can’t staand with John McCain and unambiguously reject torture as immoral and un-American is a politician who should not hold power. But six Senate Democrats voted for Gina Haspel, Traitor Trump’s pro-torture nominee.

              From Daily Kos:
              CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel won Senate approval to replace Mike Pompeo as CIA chief Thursday in a 54-45 vote.

              Two Republicans—Rand Paul of Kentucky and Jeff Flake of Arizona—opposed her. The ailing John McCain would have voted against her too if he had been able to leave the hospital where he is under treatment for an aggressive brain tumor.

              Six Democrats voted for her. Four of those live in red states and are running for re-election this year—Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Bill Nelson of Florida. But the other two—Mark Warner of Virginia and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire—aren’t up for re-election until 2020.

            • Evening Bud says:

              Dain,

              I agree. Democrats like that are enablers. The reason for that of course is corporate money. Debbie Washmoney Schultz and Joe Manchin are definitely a couple of those types. With both of them, I believe a change of parties is simply a matter of time and convenience.

            • Julian says:

              And for Washmoney, the time is up:

              https://www.google.com/amp/www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-sb-broward-elections-supervisor-broke-law-snipes-canova-20180514-story,amp.html

              Not only is she guilty of election fraud for odering her election official Brenda Snipes to destroy ballot votes for progressive Democratic candidate Tim Canova, (All this independent if the Russian hacking), but Tim Canova is running as an Independent:
              https://timcanova.com

      • i dissagree says:

        Julian says:
        if Democrats just voted more, we would have already legalized marijuana at the federal level.

        i could not dissagree more.

        the democrats USED TO BE the party of the working man, and the poor.
        but, they decided to do what the reppies do; cater, only to the super-rich, and take all that sweet, sweet, $$$$.

        bill clinton sent the high paying jobs overseas, with NAFTA.

        oh,bummer PROMISED to fix or end NAFTA, but he did not, and passed MORE job-killing ‘free trade’ deals.

        hillary, did not say ONE WORD about mj legalization, or helping the poor.

        the democrats did not fight against ‘Citizens United’, bush’s tax cuts for the rich, or media consolidation.

        they did not fight for ‘net neutrality’, a national health care plan, or raising the minimum wage.

        the bankers crashed the economy, and stole billions from us, got NO penalty, AND got a ‘bailout’ (blackmail) they did not need, because they had just stolen billions, from us.
        and they allready had more money than god, BEFORE crashed the economy.

        all the democrats have been fighting for, is gay rights, (which does not negatively affect the rich),
        and for DACA. DACA means more low paid illegal workers, which makes the rich, richer.
        and if citizens can’t pay their bills, they lose their houses, which the rich will buy, and turn into rentals.
        (it was recently reported that sean hannity, of FOX, has 90 million $ of real estate)

        the democrats have been taking us, and our votes, for granted, for decades.

        if we give the democrats unconditional support, even when they are screwing us, they have no reason to stop screwing us.

        hopefully, this trump win, will be just the wake-up call, that the democrats needed, and, they will return to their roots, and start working for US, again.

        • Julian says:

          Well feel free to disagree, but… Have you clicked on the ACT tab on this website? Ever?
          From what lies you have just said you do not support marijuana reform or freedom in America today.
          If it wasn’t for President Obama signing the Cole memos when he did legal state marijuana legalization would not exist because Colorado and Washington would have been prosecuted and their legal mj markets shut down. Meanwhile the GOP brought us the two worst prohibitionists since Nixon; Jeff and Pete Sessions.
          You are not fooling anyone on this website. Go crawl under the rock you came from.

    2. Matt says:

      Conneticut will probably legalize next year. And the banking problem is critical, too. gotta run, happy weekend, all

    3. Matt says:

      *Connecticut

    4. Square & Level says:

      Good point Julian. I never thought of it that way..

    5. clemclark says:

      Arkansas has a Democrat named Sanders as a candidate for Governor in the mid terms, early voting started here last week, this Lady is for DECRIMINALIZING the entire state. Here is where every vote counts, like moderator (JULIAN) says, just get out there and VOTE for it.

      • no more study says:

        re; in a historical first, a Congressional committee has advanced marijuana law reform legislation; one that would encourage the U.S. V. A. to conduct more studies on cannabis’ medical benefits…

        there are over 20,000 studies of cannabis’ medical benefits.

        if they will ignore over 20,000 scientifically conducted medical studies,
        what makes you think they will pay any attention to the next one ??

        more studies = intentional, unnecessary, unreasonable, delay.

        it makes our enemies, sound like they are being reasonable, and on our side, when they are really being unreasonable, and 100% against us.

        and do not forget, they will use the LOWEST QUALITY POT, that they can get, when they want to ‘prove’ that there is ‘no medical efficacy’.

        IF they were REALLY on our side,
        they would have said;
        “that would REQUIRE the U.S. V.A. to ACKNOWLEDGE ALL of the positive results of ALL previous studies on cannabis’ medical benefits…

        re; ‘JULIAN’ is the MODERATOR;

        WOW !!!!!!!

        ‘JULIAN’ is the MODERATOR ???????????

        REALLY ?????????????

        that is NEWS TO ME !!!!!!

        if i had to guess which
        -anonymous poster-,
        was the moderator,

        i would have guessed that it was ‘DAIN BRAMAGE’.

        ‘DAIN BRAMAGE’, ALWAYS posts, WAY MORE POSTS,
        than anyone else, and;

        he very often posts profanity,
        which is NOT CENSORED,

        (while many of my posts, with NO profanity, ARE censored, especially if they disagree with ‘DAIN BRAMAGE’)

        and ‘DAIN BRAMAGE’ tells republicans that are ON OUR SIDE,
        THAT THEY ARE NOT WANTED HERE.
        and that they should “F— OFF and die”.

        IF ‘JULIAN’ is the MODERATOR;

        HE SHOULD USE HIS FULL NAME,
        AND TITLE.
        (offical blog MODERATOR)

        and, he should tell ‘DAIN BRAMAGE’ to stop chasing away our republican supporters.

        ‘DAIN BRAMAGE’ is hurting our cause.

        • Moderator Julian says:

          I kinda like the title “moderator” now that your so offended.
          There: It’s my full name. Satisfied?
          One of the primary reasons that I’ve posted here so many years is to use this site as a tool of education; a sort of free canniversity that works on donations. I also use this site to sharpen my message and stay up to date with my Congressman.

          But none of that would be possible if we didn’t tolerate a diversity of thought, even when that includes profanity, or someone gets pissed off and goes on a rant just because somebody called someone a “moderator” instead of a commentator. Case in point after more than 5 years posting here I can only recall one time that NORML moderators (the real ones, which are often volunteer interns that have to read our emotional constapations…) …ever censored me was about a week or two ago when I posted a facebook link to boycott Koch products. Honestly, I don’t even use facebook, but the link may have had some advertisements in it that go against NORML’s policies. Sure, I could have gotten angry and gone on some rant that NORML is accepting Koch money, but I know better than that. Even if the Kochs were donating to cover up their prohibitionist motivations I would say take the money and run! (Just watch out for moles through summer interns). Point is, I believe enough in NORML’s mission and the people who work up on K street to defend our freedom of expression, and not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good.
          Is a bill to “study” a delay tactic? To some degree, of course. But does that mean we should rail against the achievement of SOME kind of marijuana reform getting out of committee? To that I say no; that would be as foolish as going on a NORML blog to complain about our titles.

          • no more study says:

            (NON)Moderator Julian says:
            NORML moderators (the real ones…)

            SO, you claim the title, while ADMITTING that you are NOT a NORML moderator.

            (NON)Moderator Julian says:
            we tolerate a diversity of thought, even when that includes profanity.

            i welcome a diversity of thought;
            you cannot defeat a stupid arguement, if you do not hear it.

            BUT; calling an arguement ‘bullshit’, when you CANNOT explain WHY, it is bullshit, (because it is NOT bullshit)
            or simply resorting to personal attacks, is not a debate.
            it is not ‘a diversity of thought’.

            (NON)Moderator Julian says:
            It’s my full name.

            SO, you are just like MADONNA, CHER, and BONO, needing no last name.
            WOW !!!
            strange, it is, that i have never heard of you, except here…
            where are you going on tour next ????
            how much are the tickets ??

            • no more study says:

              (NON)Moderator Julian says:
              do not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good.
              Is a bill to “study” a delay tactic? To some degree, of course.

              JIMMY CARTER WAS SUPPOSED TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA. (BREAKING NEWS; he did not)

              and ‘we, the people’ were calling for it, YEARS, BEFORE that.

              how many DECADES of ‘baby steps’, delays, and half-measures will we accept ????

              the bill in question ‘encourages’ the U.S. V.A. to conduct more studies’.

              SO;

              1. THEY ARE NOT “REQUIRED” TO DO ANYTHING.

              EVER.
              NOT EVER.

              2. and a proper study will take 2 to 3 YEARS,
              IF, they EVER, do study it.

              3. and, what if they do a RIGGED STUDY,
              to ‘prove’ that there is ‘no medical efficacy’, and continue the status quo ?????
              (like many other RIGGED STUDIES show)

              granted; lip service, is better than no service;

              but; this is like a convicted prisoner,
              that has allready been exonerated, by DNA evidence,
              but the prison will not accept the VALID, SCIENTIFIC, evidence, and release him.
              (just wait a few more decades, and we MIGHT get around to looking at the evidence, and if you die in jail, before we do, oh, well, too bad)

          • no more study says:

            (NON)Moderator Julian says:
            do not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good.
            Is a bill to “study” a delay tactic? To some degree, of course.

            JIMMY CARTER WAS SUPPOSED TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA. (BREAKING NEWS; he did not)

            and ‘we, the people’ were calling for it, YEARS, BEFORE that.

            how many DECADES of ‘baby steps’, delays, and half-measures will we accept ????

            the bill in question ‘encourages’ the U.S. V.A. to conduct more studies’.

            SO;

            1. THEY ARE NOT “REQUIRED” TO DO ANYTHING.

            EVER.
            NOT EVER.

            2. and a proper study will take 2 to 3 YEARS,
            IF, they EVER, do, study it.

            3. and, what if they do a RIGGED STUDY,
            to ‘prove’ that there is ‘no medical efficacy’, and continue the status quo ???
            (like many other RIGGED STUDIES show)

            granted; lip service, is better than no service;

            but; this is like a convicted prisoner,
            that has allready been exonerated, by DNA evidence,
            but the prison will not accept the VALID, SCIENTIFIC, evidence, and release him.
            (just wait a few more decades, and we MIGHT get around to looking at the evidence, and if you die in jail, before we do, oh, well, too bad)

            • Julian says:

              Okaaaay… you clearly have issues. By your tortured logic, “no more study” is your full name? Your parents must be so proud.
              For the record, I don’t use my full name because everthing we write here gets tagged on google, which can get confusing for business. Much less would I reveal it to a hostile commentator… or moderator… or whatever you are… point is you’re a distraction. Have you even clicked on the ACT tab and contacted your Congressman? You know, the people who actually MAKE our laws? Not Jimmy Carter?
              Even google could answer half of the questions you ask. That is, if you studied…

        • Dain Bramage says:

          I never said “die.” Just “Fuck off.”

        • Evening Bud says:

          Geez, No more,

          Please get a grip. The sky ain’t falling! I don’t think Julian is a moderator; Clem says so, but I suspect that’s his take on things.

          Also, you say that the NORML editors have censored your posts–can you tell me the subject matter of those posts? Got news for you, in any case, I’ve had a few posts not show up–and in a couple of instances at least, I was glad.

          • no more study says:

            Evening Bud says:
            you say that the NORML editors have censored your posts–can you tell me the subject matter of those posts?

            here is one;

            “Bernie Sanders was a STRONG, POPULAR, candidate.
            he had support from the working class people.

            polls showed him 4 % ahead of trump, in a trump v/s Bernie race. (52% to 48%)

            THAT, is why oh,bummer, hillary, the media, DNC, etc, conspired to rig the entire process against Bernie Sanders.

            they, (as power-hungry psycos), had NO OTHER CHOICE.

            THEY, GAVE US TRUMP,
            because they put THEMSELVES,
            ahead of what would be best for the country.

            if you hate trump,
            you should hate them more.”

        • Sean says:

          If your cause is really about promoting and justifying “MAGA” and Republicans rather than cannabis freedom, then I say that Dain is correct. With (very) few exceptions, the Republican record on cannabis freedom has been dismal to put it nicely.

          • no more study says:

            Sean says:
            If your cause is really about promoting and justifying “MAGA” and Republicans…

            i HATE most Republicans,
            and even though i have said this many times, i am still accused of being one, by ‘dain’, and now by you.

            i DO know PRO-POT Republicans,
            and am glad of their support on this issue;
            it is a perfect fit, with what Republicans SAY they are for;
            smaller, less intrusive gov’t,
            growing our economy,
            energy independence,
            and yes, making america great AGAIN.

            (credit where it is due, trump ADMITS the truth; that we are in decline,
            and that our best days are behind us,
            which most Republicans never, ever admitted, untill now, saying instead; we ARE the greatist !!!! YEAY USA !!!!)

            HOWEVER; trump has sprinted away from his promises to help the working class people, just as fast as oh,bummer did.

            and as long as dems care more, about making it safe, to be an illegal immigrant in america,
            than about making it safe, to be a pot smoker, in america,
            there is not going to be any ‘big blue wave’.

      • Evening Bud says:

        That’s great news. It’s gotta start somewhere.

    6. Nefarious says:

      If the republican want to take it off the ballot by just legalizing it, then I am ok with that. Democrats have had many chances to put forth a pro legalization agenda and instead paid lip service, took votes, and returned favor to bit pharma and other special interests.

      Let the Dems and Repubs fight it out over who legalizes it, in the end if it’s legal that is what matters.

      • Sean says:

        It’s funny to hear Republicans come on this forum and whine that it’s too liberal. But I notice a lot of trolls coming onto NORML posting their “republicans are fantastic, libtards and Democrats suck” nonsense. I grant you that the Democrats record on cannabis reform is not perfect but it sure beats the shit out of the Republicans. So, you may want to compare voting records before you sound off.

      • Evening Bud says:

        Sean,

        I’m with you. Nefarious’ comment that Dems have had many chances reeks of right wing, especially since he doesn’t add that GOpers have had many chances too, and currently control the federal government. Once again the double standards.

        • Sean says:

          Thank you, Evening Bud for your kind words. When you find those trolling with their false equivalency b.s., you know it has the hallmark of a right wing put up job.

    7. Julian says:

      I’ve written before here about Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell’s political posturing over his hemp bill if he does not publically confront House Rules Chair Pete Sessions, R-TX or Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley, R-IA over their obstructionist, non-conservative behavior in their committees. Call them out to resign.

      Well now it’s time for Mitch to stop his political constapation, let this turtle head out and 1up his “opponents” in his own party:

      https://www.marijuanamoment.net/congress-considers-three-hemp-amendments-to-farm-bill/

      The hemp amendments are now before the House Rules Committee. As Tom Angell reports, Pete Sessions will not likely pass them through committee whether he wants to get reelected or not. Koch petrol and timber patents have too much to lose in a legalized hemp economy.

      But I don’t share Tom’s enthusiasm the original bill will make it through the Senate to bicameral conference committee with Chuck Grassley chairing the Judiciary Committee. It will take Mitch some incredible political manuevering to get his bill through committee without going against the anarchist, Koch-funded non-conservatives in his own party or at least looking like a total turtle-dunce. Irony is these Koch puppets are going against the votes of their own constituents.

      Who would have thought Democrats would have to get reelected this November in Congress to balance our defecit and legalize water, soil and energy conserving hemp to be the new conservative party?

    8. Evening Bud says:

      Julian,

      Everything about Turtle Boy is political posturing–that is, unless he’s pushing for something truly nefarious, like huge tax cuts for the rich. Then he’s all business.

      • Julian says:

        Sadly, Bud, Turtle-head McConnell did his worst “political posturing” to get tax cuts for the wealthy. Remember he lied to Chuck Schumer and the American public when he said he would hear an immigration bill and give DACA a vote if Dems let the tax cuts get a vote. With all this Republican bait & switch it’s actually Chuck Schumer Im worried about now for pretending to believe him. At least no Democrats voted for that horrendous bill. Maybe there’s a chance they can save our economy after they take Congress back and we get the Presidency back from the Russian mob so we can finally legalize marijuana before the tax cuts on middle income earners expires.

        • Evening Bud says:

          Guys like McConnell have learned that they can lie through their teeth and not be called on it by our great media. If we had a real media there’d never been an Iraq War, and the Prince of Orange would still be trying to hock his steaks and failed casinos instead of sullying the White House.

          • Julian says:

            Fair enough Bud. I agree. Almost all that money from Citizens United (unlimited camaign donations since 2012 when SCOTUS unconstitutionally decided that corporations are people and we no longer have campaign donation limits…) And even before Russia or the Koch brothers most of that dark, unlimited PAC money goes to cable and corporate media.
            So what a coinkydink that corporate media wants us to believe “alternative facts.”
            I’ve got some “alternative facts” for corporate media; I don’t have cable, and I care about and educate my community. So go fuck yourself Fox “News.”

            • Dain Bramage says:

              Preach!

            • no more study says:

              pretend moderator Julian says:
              I don’t use my full name because everthing we write here gets tagged on google, which can get ‘confusing’ for business.

              in other words; your business could go bankrupt, if your customers, knew you were ‘a dumb stoner’.

              By your tortured logic, ‘Julian’
              if they NEVER legalize mj,
              BUT; if they lie, and say;
              ‘MAYBE we will, SOMEDAY’,
              that is a major victory.

              re; Have you even clicked on the ACT tab and contacted your Congressman?

              YOU, ‘Julian’, are afraid of being branded as ‘a dumb stoner’.

              if you think a Congressman, will care what ‘a dumb stoner’ says,
              while they get thousands of $$$$$$$, every year, from our enemies; alcohol, tobacco, pills, for-profit prisons, police unions, ect.
              you probably believe in santa clause, and the easter bunny.
              and that we live in a democracy, too.
              and that the country with the most prisoners in it,
              is really ‘the land of the free’.

              there is NO democracy here,
              and every election after jimmy carter, has been rigged.

              ps; YOU are the one who said that ‘moderator Julian’ was your actual, full name, i was never anything but anonymous.
              so your comment; ‘ “no more study” is your full name? Your parents must be so proud.’,
              is just an unwarranted, personal attack,
              having NOTHING to do with legalizing mj.

              and yes, the way you phrase some of your posts, makes it SOUND LIKE you are speaking officially, on behalf of NORML.
              that is why probably why ‘clemclark’ thought that you were.

            • no more study says:

              i have done a lot for this cause; supported candidates, printed innitiatives, and gathered signatures, been to many rallys, and worked a booth at one.

              florida just passed, a state CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, for mmj, by voter initiative.
              then, the legislature jumped in,
              and GUTTED IT,
              before it could take effect.
              shi**ing on the illusion of democracy.
              PROVING, to anyone with eyes to see with, that there is NO democracy here.

            • Julian says:

              So, “No more Study,”

              That’s a moniker as stupid and asinine as it gets.
              You said:
              “in other words; your business could go bankrupt, if your customers, knew you were ‘a dumb stoner’”
              In regards to applying my full name… something you wont do… because you are a sad pathetic little mentally challenged troll. I said I don’t provide my full name not only because you are behaving like a zombie on meth but because Google posts it and it could be confusing for business. As in my posts about whatever would precede my business you fucking tweed.
              And thank you or admitting you don’t click on the ACT tab. This will be my last response to a useless troll who does not support marijuana reform in any positive way. Aren’t you going to love November?

    9. Jack Herrer says:

      Let the people decide. Republican should respect the human right of each and everyone.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Jack Herrer died in 2010.

        Republicans respect human rights? Wrong party. Republicans resent the shit out of the very notion of human rights.

    10. i dissagree says:

      Julian says:
      If it wasn’t for President Obama signing the Cole memos when he did legal state marijuana legalization would not exist because Colorado and Washington would have been prosecuted and their legal mj markets shut down.

      1. candidate Obama, did NOT PROMISE to sign a memo;
      he PROMISED to CHANGE THE LAW.
      he could have fired the head of the DEA, put a pro-pot person in place, and legalized, onc and for all.
      that memo could very easily be undone.

      2. what if Colorado and Washington HAD been prosecuted, and hundreds of feds came in like storm troopers, shutting legal mj markets down ??

      it would have been all over the news,
      it would have really pissed off and energized our base,
      and got many of the ‘fence sitters’, off the fence,
      and it would have caused these states to challenge the validity of the C.S.A., and the ‘supremacy’ of the federal gov’t., over states rights.

      it might have been the best thing for us.

      as a smart man once said;
      every action,
      causes an opposite reaction.

      the Cole memo, made many pro-pot people complacent, and willing to just keep on waiting, instead of taking action.

      Julian says:
      From what lies you have just said;

      as usual, you are calling things lies (or bullshit),
      WITHOUT saying what YOUR version of reality is.

      do you really think the dems have not been captured by the big $$$$ ????

      do you really think the dems are working for us ????

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