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

  • by Danielle Keane, NORML Associate August 7, 2015

    The 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. Julian says:

      Why not nullify the Controlled Substances Act all together and treat drug policy like the health issue that it is? I mean for Crissake, we’re having a mental health and violent law enforcement crisis in this nation! Send LEAD teams into every city that treat domestic violence and drug policy not with arrest, but with social workers (and NOT the kind that take your kids away for treating your illness with marijuana after bedtime… I mean ones that can actually prescribe an alcoholic or an addict some marijuana and get parents to behave like real parents and police to investigate real crimes like rapes and murders!), …And for f*c*sake, stop the cops from arresting without due process!

      One of the worst results of the war on drugs and the C.S.Act is that it gave states like Texas, without voter initiatives, the idea to EXPAND on civil asset forfeitures and EXPLOIT the sick and the unjustly incarcerated. The Federal government has only been supporting this disproportionate disgrace, and would be able to continue to do so in states like Texas even as we cross the half way mark of legalized medical marijuana states… but for how long? Throw a few more grams of marijuana on the statue of the scale in front of the Supreme Court, and lets see what happens! (That lady may be blindfolded, but I bet she can smell that freedom!)

      For as long as I have been drawn to the issues of legalization and NORML, I never thought it was constitutional to give legislative authority over our drug policy to the executive branch, specifically the DOJ and the President’s “Drug Czar” (If the title “Drug Czar” isn’t a clue that Nixon was inspired by his trip to China to create a Communist police state in the U.S. and “weed out” the hippies I don’t know what is…)

      But if anything has inspired me over the success of NORML’s citizen lobbying, membership drives, and persistent fight for our rights even in the slowest times for legalization, it has been watching how individual activists and their families have made our representatives listen and respond. Despite the overwhelming parasitic organization behind prohibition, states where voter initiatives provide real Democracy are providing movement and marijuana legalization in the places of our nation that have the LEAST representation. And no where else is that more evident than the city of my birth, our nation’s capitol the District of Columbia. By God, if in a land where Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, after fighting for a legal vote in Congress for DECADES can help bring legalized marijuana to the disproportionately incarcerated, taxed by NIDA and underrepresented people of D.C., then who knows? Maybe there’s even hope for Texas…

    2. Todd says:

      I think the states can govern themselves, and I agree with Miles that the federal congress is unnecessary in our digital communications age. Mental health among “We the People” means self-reliance and control of your family situations, and you can feel that in your stomach as you help to end federal Prohibition. People are biomechanical energy that evolved from the first volcano eruption, crawled from the ocean, and built a fire. We should use natural medicine.

    3. Kona Alii says:

      The federal gov’t is obviously controlled by those that can buy OUR representatives. Ultimately we citizens MUST consistently remind the Congress we voted them in. We must certainly vote them out of office. Thus threat to their continued acceptance of bribery payments would end. End prohibition. Obama has the pen he can order the DEA to remove cannabis from THE LIST. Congress said so last year. So Mr. Obama get err done. Immediately. End the war Nixon started. His actions proved he was against democracy.

    4. Fred says:

      What is Mr. Trumps view, maybe he’s got the kahunas to allow us are freedom to smoke!

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