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No doubt that some idiots have flooded their basements growing marijuana. No doubt that some idiots have flooded their basements growing tomatoes. I stained my tiles in my living room last year growing narcissus. Ok. So for this we need a federal cop busting people? The fact that an opponent of medical marijuana uses arguments like ‘it causes water damage to homes’ shows how bankrupt that side is of facts.
Representative Jared Polis of Colorado, doing his job and being generally awesome.

(Source: rawstory.com)

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Cali-like crackdown on dispensaries begins in Colorado

Federal officials began a California-style crackdown on Colorado medical marijuana businesses Thursday, targeting those located near schools in a move that could affect nearly a dozen Colorado Springs businesses.

U.S. Attorney John Walsh said 23 dispensaries across Colorado that are within 1,000 feet of schools have until Feb. 27 to shut down or face federal penalties, which can include asset seizure or forfeiture of property. The warning letters, dated Thursday, were sent to dispensary owners and their landlords.

Walsh said prosecutors expect to target more medical marijuana businesses near schools.

The orders set up a possible showdown with businesses that worked closely with state lawmakers to develop regulations they hoped would prevent such action.

“Colorado’s the last place they should probably be trying to do that considering the evolution we’ve made in just a very short period of time to create an industry that’s fully transparent and regulated,” said Mark Slaugh, membership director of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council.

Colorado took extreme pains to avoid the pitfalls of California, but it doesn’t matter. The federal government has decided weed is something that they’ll ruin lives over, even when the law of the land allows it. It just goes to show how drastically the government will move the goal posts to justify their war on ‘drugs’ (in reality, a war on people who use certain types of drugs).

The idea that we need to have more regulation on dispensaries than we do on pharmacies that sell extremely addictive opiates and amphetamines is just absurd on it’s face.

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Colorado Asks DEA to Reschedule Marijuana, DEA Expected to Ignore Request

The head of the Colorado Department of Revenue has written a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration asking that federal controls on marijuana be loosened slightly to account for its “potential medicinal value.”

Colorado is the third state with a medical-marijuana program to ask the DEA to reschedule marijuana…

The letter asks that the DEA consider moving marijuana from schedule I — a category that includes such drugs as heroin and LSD that are not considered to have medicinal value — to schedule II. Drugs in that category, such as methadone and cocaine, are considered to have some medicinal value but also be highly addictive.

Schedule II substances are able to be prescribed by doctors but are still subject to strict controls. It is unclear whether Colorado’s medical-marijuana laws — which allow doctors to authorize marijuana use through recommendation and allow patients to grow their own cannabis plants — would clash with those controls.

Earlier this year, the governors of Rhode Island and Washington also asked the DEA to reschedule marijuana. The DEA has in the past rejected similar requests to reclassify the substance.

According to the US Government, Marijuana is more dangerous, more addictive, and has less of a medicinal use than cocaine and methadone. This is a clear and obvious lie.

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Lawrence O’Donnel breaks down the government’s position on getting high:

Senators, Members of Congress, Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Supreme Court Justices are going to continue to get high (many of them every day and every night). Many of them will do it publicly, and loudly, and legally at restaurants and campaign fundraisers and at state dinners. They will raise their glasses and get high, and they will continue to put people in jail for using a harmless, non-liquid way of getting high like Marijuana.

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In Colorado we believe our laws should be practical and they should be fair. Yet we are wasting scarce public resources in our criminal justice system by having police, prosecutors and the courts treat marijuana users like violent criminals. It is unconscionable for our state to spend tax dollars to arrest, prosecute and crowd the courts, and jail people for possession of a small amount of marijuana, especially when those being arrested and jailed are disproportionately people of color.
The ACLU of Colorado has endorsed the campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol

(Source: aclu-co.org)

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Drug Czar Says ‘Young People’ Smoke Pot Because They Saw Grandma Do It When She Was Getting Chemotherapy | Reason

“People keep calling it medicine,” [Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske] said at a press conference [Thursday], “and that’s the wrong message for young people to hear.”
[…] Kerlikowske’s argument suggests that a drug should not be recognized as a medicine if teenagers can use to alter their consciousness. But as the Drug Policy Alliance’s Bill Piper observes, “In the field of medicine, whether or not a youth might abuse something doesn’t determine whether or not an adult should have access to a medication and whether a doctor should prescribe it.” Kerlikowske does not extend his logic to the stimulants, sedatives, tranquilizers, and opioid painkillers that can be legally obtained with a doctor’s prescription. +

Pretty sure watching grandma use marijuana to get through chemo wouldn’t exactly add to the allure of smoking it…

I cannot fathom the insensitivity necessary to make a comment like that. “I know they’re watching their grandmother die slowly, but the important thing is to make sure they don’t use her medication recreationally at some point in the future”. Just despicable!

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

Drug Czar Says ‘Young People’ Smoke Pot Because They Saw Grandma Do It When She Was Getting Chemotherapy | Reason

“People keep calling it medicine,” [Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske] said at a press conference [Thursday], “and that’s the wrong message for young people to hear.”

[…] Kerlikowske’s argument suggests that a drug should not be recognized as a medicine if teenagers can use to alter their consciousness. But as the Drug Policy Alliance’s Bill Piper observes, “In the field of medicine, whether or not a youth might abuse something doesn’t determine whether or not an adult should have access to a medication and whether a doctor should prescribe it.” Kerlikowske does not extend his logic to the stimulants, sedatives, tranquilizers, and opioid painkillers that can be legally obtained with a doctor’s prescription. +

Pretty sure watching grandma use marijuana to get through chemo wouldn’t exactly add to the allure of smoking it…

I cannot fathom the insensitivity necessary to make a comment like that. “I know they’re watching their grandmother die slowly, but the important thing is to make sure they don’t use her medication recreationally at some point in the future”. Just despicable!

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No Cause for Marijuana Case, but Enough for Child Neglect

The police found about 10 grams of marijuana, or about a third of an ounce, when they searched Penelope Harris’s apartment in the Bronx last year. The amount was below the legal threshold for even a misdemeanor, and prosecutors declined to charge her. But Ms. Harris, a mother whose son and niece were home when she was briefly in custody, could hardly rest easy.

The police had reported her arrest to the state’s child welfare hot line, and city caseworkers quickly arrived and took the children away.

Her son, then 10, spent more than a week in foster care. Her niece, who was 8 and living with her as a foster child, was placed in another home and not returned by the foster care agency for more than a year. Ms. Harris, 31, had to weather a lengthy child neglect inquiry, though she had no criminal record and had never before been investigated by the child welfare authorities, Ms. Harris and her lawyer said.

"Hmm, a small amount of an innocuous substance… we’d better take her children away from a loving provider and make them wards of the state."

This is what happens when you allow bureaucrats to pass whatever laws they deem appropriate to ‘protect children’. 

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Colorado Rep- legalize, tax marijuana and gambling & reform immigration to reduce deficit

Rep. Jared Polis is urging Congress to legalize — and tax — marijuana and fix the broken immigration system as means of funneling more revenue to the federal government, according to an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal.

“Republicans risk taking “no new taxes” to entirely new heights, labeling any attempt to increase federal revenues as a tax increase. And some Democrats have made even minor entitlement adjustments off-limits, which renders the largest portions of the federal budget untouchable,” wrote Polis, a Democrat from Boulder. “But even if Republicans and Democrats don’t abandon their uncompromising rhetoric, there are many ways in which we can work together to close the deficit while honoring the pledges we’ve made to our constituencies.”

Polis cites a Cato Institute study that found that “forcing undocumented immigrants to get right with the law would boost their productivity and thus the incomes of U.S. households $180 billion a year by 2019, thereby further increasing tax revenues.”

He also says legalizing marijuana would boost tax revenues by $2.4 billion annually, according to a 2005 study conducted by Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron.

“Much of what we’ve seen out of Congress so far this year has been a political sideshow, as mere percentage points are shaved from spending bills that in total comprise only a small fraction of the federal budget,” Polis wrote. “They should all be on the table, along with spending cuts, if we are to break free of the rhetorical shackles that prevent cutting the deficit.”

My new representative is amazing. I used to live in Pete Session’s district- I’m excited to be in a district with a much more reasonable congresscritter.

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