Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Another Step Forward On Marijuana Legalization


Today, two of California's best members of Congress, Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna will introduce the Marijuana Justice Act, the companion bill for Cory Booker’s Senate bill, S. 1689 (which so far has one co-sponsor Ron Wyden of Oregon). The idea behind the Marijuana Justice Act is to help correct decades of injustice surrounding the discriminatory enforcement of marijuana criminalization laws in the United States.

Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna will be joined by Senator Booker, on a press call to talk about the bill at 4:15 p.m. ET.

Tim Canova isn't a member of Congress yet and can't vote on the bill-- at least not this year. Next year, he hopefully will be voting for it in the House. First he has to defeat corrupt conservative Debbie Wasserman Schulz, an old school antidote fanatic. Yesterday, Canova told his south Florida supporters that "the failed 'War on Drugs' is not going away-- thanks to drug warriors like Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on marijuana. Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions-- a marijuana prohibitionist-- announced a crackdown on the 29 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use."
Wasserman Schultz has called marijuana a 'gateway drug' and she has consistently opposed efforts to end the war on marijuana. She even opposed a statewide referendum to approve medical marijuana-- a referendum that was approved by more than 70 percent of Florida voters in 2016. All while Wasserman Schultz takes thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Big Pharma and private prisons!

This is what Wasserman Schultz and Jeff Sessions have in common. They both believe in the drug war and mass incarceration. The recent policy announced by Sessions could have a chilling effect on millions of responsible citizens, subjecting them to FBI raids of their homes and businesses, seizure of their property, arrests and prosecutions by the Justice Department for nonviolent drug offenses. And it would also cripple the ability of states to regulate the industry.
Goal ThermometerCanova's campaign does not take a cent from any corporate interests-- especially not Wasserman Schultz allies in the private prison and pharmaceutical industries. He relies solely on small donations from grassroots supporters. Please click on the ActBlue Green Wave thermometer on the right and help Tim defeat Wasserman Schultz once and for all. "We need," he said, "representatives who will fight for education, jobs, and public health programs as alternatives to the drug trade and prisons. I have opposed the misguided drug war for many years. We should recognize that cannabis has medically therapeutic value and is not harmful to individuals and communities the way that alcohol, nicotine, and opioids are. When elected, I will work to change cannabis from a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance-- the most restrictive category in U.S. drug law. The federal government has a legitimate role to play in preventing criminal enterprises from infiltrating legal markets, including the market for cannabis. But beyond this, we should respect principles of federalism and allow the states to serve as “laboratories of reform” and experiment with their own approaches to medical and recreational cannabis, consistent with the will of the voters and regulating for public health and safety."

By the way, for anyone not following this debate, this is a partial list of the known medical marijuana uses:
  To relieve pain (and its use is being recommended to doctors in lieu of prescribing opiates)
  As an appetite stimulant in AIDS and chemotherapy patients
  To help treat inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  To treat chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting
  To treat muscle spasticity and pain in multiple sclerosis
  To reduce the growth of cancers
  To treat cancer-related pain not managed by other pain medication
  To treat drug-resistant epilepsy, particularly in children
  To treat psychiatric disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance use disorders, and bipolar disorder)
  To reduce the symptoms of conditions in the autism spectrum disorder
  To reduce the side effects of treatment for Hepatitis C (nausea, fatigue, muscle aches, and depression).
  To reduce the symptoms of autoimmune disease (e.g. Rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, fibromyalgia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
  To help people get to sleep, get better quality sleep and awaken without a drug hangover
And remember, although marijuana can help relieve the symptoms of many medical conditions and is used as medicine in most states, its use is still prohibited at federal level.

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At 10:29 AM, Blogger Nastarana said...

Don't forget the other elephant in the room, besides the medicinal uses, which is HEMP, also Cannibis sativa, and a wondrous producer of cordage, fabric--stronger than linen and also resists mildew--not to mention hemp seeds, a superfood recommended for seniors in the form of a powder one adds to morning cereal, and hemp oil which has a myriad or uses.

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't get your hopes up, tokers. Big Booze and Big Pharma have only just begun to fight. They are about to unleash the evil Keebler elf to wreak his worst.

At 6:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait... doesn't anyone remember obamanation and the great 2009 democrat congress passing sweeping legalization of pot? Also the real bank reform, imprisoning hundreds of finance fraudsters, breaking up the TBTFs, stopping wars and drone murders and torture, passing health CARE with MFA, codifying net neutrality, raising the minimum wage to $20, codifying our transformation from fossil to renewable energy, making voting fair, available to all and verifiable, establishing cordial formal relations with the democratically elected governments in Ukrain and Honduras and stopping Russian hacks of the election??

Oh. Well, I figured since 65 million voted for $hillbillary, the voters remembered things this way... otherwise... why would ANYONE vote for $hillbillary?

At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't get your hopes up, tokers. Big Booze and Big Pharma have only just begun to fight. They are about to unleash the evil Keebler elf to wreak his worst.


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