Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act Reintroduced In Congress

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director June 11, 2009

    Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, along with over a dozen cosponsors, reintroduced legislation in Congress today to strengthen legal protections for state-authorized medical marijuana patients.

    The bill, entitled the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act of 2009, seeks to amend the discrepancy between federal law and the laws of over a dozen states that have enacted regulations governing the therapeutic use of cannabis.

    Thirteen states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington – have enacted laws prohibiting medical marijuana patients from state prosecution.  Passage of the the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act would ensure that medical cannabis patients or providers who are compliant with state law, such as Charles Lynch (who was sentenced today in federal court), would no longer have to fear arrest or prosecution from federal law enforcement agencies.

    Previous versions of the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act were introduced in both the 108th and 109th Congress, but failed to receive a public hearing or a committee vote.

    While campaigning for the presidency, Barack Obama promised not to use Justice Department resources “to try and circumvent state (medical marijuana) laws” — a pledge that has been repeated in recent months by US Attorney General Eric Holder.  Nevertheless, agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration have continued to target medical marijuana providers in states that allow for the drug’s use, and federal prosecutors have continued to bring federal anti-drug charges against defendants who were acting in accordance with their state’s cannabis laws.

    To support the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act of 2009, please log on to NORML’s Take Action Center here.

    85 responses to “Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act Reintroduced In Congress”

    1. CKDK29 says:

      I truly think the gov is not gonna win this .They myaswell legalize-tax-regulate= rejuvenate how much more simple can it get LMAO c’omon now

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    3. carlos says:

      It’ll take alot more than some “bill” to fix the wrongs in america. Legislation is for nothing, it is just writing on paper as long as there is no trial by jury. How do you bind a government to the people’s will rather than the will of a few people? With the power to punish lies all power. The judicial branch was supposed to be a barrier, of the people, between creation and execution of the laws, circumventing tyrannical government. Those who ‘believe’ in obama are adly mistaken if he was a true beacon of hope he would actually bring reform to the monetary system, environmental protection, energy, criminal justice, education. All he and his supporters do is offer expensive solutions which further concentrate power into the hands of fewer and fewer people and completely overlook if not outright conceal what is really going on in america today. The demise of trial by jury will be the demise of a nation and will set us back just as it did when athens fell to phillip of macedon, or when emporers seized control of rome. Only this time it might be a complete and utter destruction if people do not realize and speak out.

    4. Shap says:

      Not to plug a cable news program or anything but Anderson Cooper 360 will be doing a debate about whether to outright legalize marijuana in America ALL next week each night. I think it will be interesting to watch the drug warriors get completely destroyed when debating this issue.

    5. twofer says:

      I’ve noticed that Obama allows things to happen rather than make things happen. I think that the medical application of marijuana is much easier to take than an outright end of prohibition. Remember there’s decades of corruption built up. It will be of course obvious later on that this whole, MJ is evil is just silly. Plus alot of people that are old and believe this way need to basically die to allow the new thinking in. It takes time. Sharp movements in any market always lead to disruptions in service and violence.

    6. carlos says:

      There will never be a full legalizaion of cannabis. The reason is simple, anyone can grow it. It costs about .005 dollars to grow one ton of hemp, 1 acre grows about four tons. With this much hemp you can get: Medicine, Food, Animal feed, fuel, fiber, building materials, basically anything oil can make hemp can. Nothing in a sense would change, but something that is hidden will. Market scarcity. hemp grows so prolifically the market would be flooded with cheaper superior products.Then how will big government and big corporations rake in money from the ordinary citizen? You must remember whoever prints money has the utmost control. the average american is in debt, the rich are getting richer, violence is flaring up across the world and it is not by accident.The fed is an entity largely independent of government and through exclusive printing of money, fractional (fictional) reserve banking, and interest rate maipulation along with stock market manipulation we have allowed those who set the rules to cheat us out of our money. Money in reality, is actual property. What happens during bankruptcy? all your stuff you cant pay for is taken.

    7. Nick Papa says:

      Good call Shap. I am waiting for the same. It’s going to be interesting too to see if MSM ‘really’ stays in the middle on the entire debate. I just hope with the recent BBC propaganda that I won’t dare mention the name of it’s so horrid, isn’t a trend in media.

    8. AARON says:

      NEXT WEEK ON CNN AC360: ‘America’s High’
      Can the U.S. afford to make pot legal? Can we afford not to? We’re keeping them honest on both sides of the argument. All next week, 10 ET

    9. They better release Charles Lynch in lieu of this new legislation or do they want to contend with 60% of Americans who favor pot?

    10. Da Vinci says:

      This better get passed now that the Dems have a larger majority and Obama’s public policy on MMJ has changed. The Dems know what the Presidents MMJ policy is and if they dont make it law before Obama leaves office then there is nothing to stop the DEA raids from continuing. Hopefully Obama will make a public statement and come out in clear public support of this bill.

      You guys know what to do. Send those letters and phone calls.