States To Feds: Stay Off Our Grass

By on August 7, 2015

We’ve long maintained the fight for legal marijuana would start and end with people getting involved, getting their state representatives involved and once it was on the public political levels, it would gather speed and weight on it’s own. A rolling blunt leaves no turn unstoned. Or something. Critical mass is upon us. The states are telling the Feds to back off. And it’s glorious.

 

 State lawmakers to Congress: Butt out of our marijuana lawshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/08/06/state-lawmakers-to-congress-butt-out-of-our-marijuana-laws/h/t washingtonpost.com State lawmakers are calling on the federal government to  changeits drug laws to let states experiment with marijuana and hemp policy. Its time to end the federal prohibition of marijuana and let the states decide  what policies work best for them. Resolutions passed at the meeting will guide the groups federal advocacy in the year ahead. In order to be approved, the  resolution had to earn majority support from three-fourths of the states in attendance at Thursdays meeting in Seattle.

“State lawmakers just sent a message to Congress that could not be any clearer,” said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy  Project, which has been instrumental in the movement to legalize the drug for recreational use. “It’s time to end the federal prohibition of marijuana and let the states decide what policies work best for them.”

The resolution, introduced by New Hampshire state Rep. Renny Cushing, lays out the argument that with 23 states and D.C. having passed medical marijuana laws and four others — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington — having approved marijuana for recreational use, it is time for the federal government to explicitly legalize those policy experiments.

It also points to the difficulty marijuana businesses have had in securing financing — due to banks fearful of violating federal laws — and the potential medical benefits as reason for the change in federal laws.

While lawmakers may disagree on easing existing law, they do agree that “states 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,” the resolution concludes.

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