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Oregon US Representative Earl Blumenauer Introduces Blueprint to Legalize Marijuana

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, June 17, 2021

PREDICTION:

Cannabis WILL be legalized within the next 6 – 8 months at the Federal level.

As state after state, and nation after nation is legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis in one form, or another, the United States is facing a decision which was made nearly 100 years ago to make illegal a practically harmless substance, which itself has shown, and continues to show significant promise for the amelioration of serious disease, malady, and human suffering.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, in their 2017 “Drugs of Abuse” report,

“No deaths from overdose of marijuana have been reported.”

The National Cancer Institute has written that it’s impossible to overdose on cannabis, because our body’s cannabinoid receptors — the chemicals that bind to THC — are not located in areas of the brainstem that control respiration. For that reason, a “lethal dose” of cannabis is like the flying spaghetti monster: It DOES NOT EXIST.

In stark contrast, the CDC has stated in January 2018 that

excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths.

Significantly greater lethality comes from tobacco use, and in April 2018, the CDC stated that

cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year.

In 1972, the Schaffer Commission, officially, the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, issued a report entitled Marihuana: A signal of misunderstanding which was the first report by the United States Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, was largely dismissive of specious claims that there was danger in its use, and recommended ending marijuana prohibition and adopting other methods to discourage use.

Specifically, it debunked false claims made about cannabis, and found that, contrary to earlier assertions made about during efforts to keep it illegal,

“marihuana was usually found to inhibit the expression of aggressive impulses by pacifying the user.”

It stated further that,

“neither informed current professional opinion nor empirical research, ranging from the 1930’s to the present, has produced systematic evidence to support the thesis that marihuana use, by itself, either invariably or generally leads to or causes crime, including acts of violence, juvenile delinquency or aggressive behavior.”

Another infamously false claim that marijuana use caused “insanity,” was similarly debunked, and the Commission wrote that

“previous estimates of marihuana’s role in causing crime and insanity were based on quite erroneous information.”

They even warned that
maintaining cannabis’ illegal status
“carries heavy social costs”
and that
“the better method {to discourage its use}
is persuasion
rather than prosecution.”

And in fact, they wrote that “we reject the total prohibition approach and its variations” and instead recommended “a decriminalization of possession of marihuana for personal use on both the state and federal levels.”

A portion of their recommendation was regulation, and wrote in part that “by establishing a legitimate channel of supply and distribution, society can theoretically control the quality and potency of the product.”

Of course, none of the recommendations were followed, and instead, Nixon, the paranoid president who maintained an “enemies list” (and recorded conversations, and narrowly missed criminal indictment, for which reason he resigned the Presidency), initiated his now-infamously-failed “War on Drugs,” and kept marijuana listed on Schedule I.

Nixon’s Domestic Policy Advisor, John Erlichman (1925-1999), was quoted by Dan Baum in Harper’s Magazine April 2016, and said the following of Nixon’s War on Drugs:

“The Nixon campaign in 1968,
and the Nixon White House after that,
had two enemies:
The antiwar left and Black people.
You understand what I’m saying?
We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be
either against the war or Black,
but by getting the public to
associate the hippies with marijuana
and Blacks with heroin,
and then criminalizing both heavily,
we could disrupt those communities.
We could arrest their leaders,
raid their homes,
break up their meetings,
and vilify them night after night on the evening news.
Did we know we were lying about the drugs?
Of course we did.”

Such statements seem to very clearly suggest that laws prohibiting cannabis consumption were left in place for one purpose alone, and that is to use the instrument of law to keep under foot those who might be socially undesirable – most notably, the poor, and ethnic minorities – and that is an egregious abuse of law, and contradicts almost every idea of equality under law in our Constitution.

Our Federal government, along with State and Local governments, regulates and taxes beverage Alcohol and Tobacco (which is 2/3 of the ATF’s name), and does so successfully, and in the process, generates significant revenue for all three levels of governments. Along with that, entrepreneurial enterprises in those two industries hire almost countless numbers of people, and generate significant revenue nationally, and globally through export.

The Libertarian think-tank Cato Institute, in their statement which decries that which they call the “nanny state,” quotes late, former POTUS Ronald Reagan in former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s book “The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World,” as having said, “Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.” (Penguin Press, Chapter 4, (p. 87), 2007.)

In keeping with the overall sentiment expressed in the Shafer Commission report, it is of paramount importance to acknowledge that Nixon’s 50-year failed social experiment with a U.S.-led global police state through the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other Federal agencies, which he termed a “War on Drugs,” has been exorbitantly costly to our nation financially, and socially, and increasingly continues demonstrating its abysmally unsustainable trajectory – skyrocketing costs fiscally, and socially. The point of “diminishing returns” – the point at which benefit/value exceeds cost – was reached long ago, if it was ever.

The dearth of investment in social programs – those intended and designed to benefit all of society in the long-term – whether in education, healthcare, judicial reform, legislative reform, mental health, and any variety of ways, means, and methods to support children, families, and parents, including efforts to promote entrepreneurship, employment, and jobs – has taken a deadly toll upon our nation’s once-robust social safety network, and has coarsened our collective American culture, hardening our hearts, one toward another.

Such actions are a form of the cheapening, and devaluation of life, and is antithetical to our nation’s Constitution, and to practically every philosophy known to humanity.

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Polling shows that 69% of registered voters “support the legalization of marijuana,” and 73% support expunging the records of those previously convicted of marijuana-related offences.
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/criminal-justice/news/2018/06/20/451624/voters-across-party-lines-support-clean-slate-legislation/

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Marijuana Revenue And Regulation Act
https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/(4)%20Marijuana%20Revenue%20and%20Regulation%20Act%20Summary.pdf

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Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act
https://www.democrats.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/MFOA%20One%20Pager.pdf
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Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act
https://tomgarrett.house.gov/media/press-releases/garrett-introduces-legislation-remove-marijuana-controlled-substances-list

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Marijuana Justice Act
https://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=638

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Responsibly Addressing The Marijuana Policy Gap Act
https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/(3)%20Responsibly%20Addressing%20the%20Marijuana%20Policy%20Gap%20Act%20Summary.pdf

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Realizing Equitable & Sustainable Participation in Emerging Cannabis Trades (RESPECT) Resolution
https://lee.house.gov/news/press-releases/congresswoman-lee-introduces-resolution-on-equality-and-inclusion-in-cannabis-industry

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Veterans Equal Access Act
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr1820ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr1820ih.pdf

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Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act
https://www.warren.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/STATES%20Act%20One%20Pager.pdf

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H.R. 4779, the Restricting Excessive Federal Enforcement and Regulations of Cannabis (REFER) Act
https://lee.house.gov/news/press-releases/congresswoman-barbara-lee-introduces-refer-act-to-prohibit-federal-intrusion-in-state-marijuana-laws

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…barriers represent a public health problem.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK425757/

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Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017
https://harris.house.gov/media/press-releases/harris-introduces-bipartisan-bill-facilitating-medical-marijuana-research

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H.R.5520: The Veterans Affairs Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018
https://veterans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/h.r._5520_the_veterans_affairs_medicinal_cannabis_research_act_of_2018.pdf

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The Marijuana Data Collection Act
https://gabbard.house.gov/news/press-releases/gabbard-curbelo-bill-builds-bipartisan-momentum-behind-federal-marijuana-reform

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States Medical Marijuana Property Protection Act
https://lee.house.gov/news/press-releases/congresswoman-barbara-lee-starts-114th-congress-by-working-to-address-poverty-enhance-us-international-engagement-help-americas-veterans-and-families-and-protect-patients-access-to-care

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Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act
https://lieu.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/reps-lieu-and-amash-reintroduce-bill-curb-civil-asset-forfeiture

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Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act (H.R.6589)
https://crist.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=548

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The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2017
https://www.merkley.senate.gov/news/press-releases/bipartisan-group-of-senators-introduces-legislation-to-provide-access-to-banking-services-for-legal-cannabis-businesses

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The Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2017
https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/(2)%20Small%20Business%20Tax%20Equity%20Act%20Summary.pdf
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