Ron Paul Wants Feds' Hands Off Your Weed

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Ron Paul and Barney Frank, probably discussing Phish.
It takes a big issue to get U.S. Reps Barney Frank and Lake Jackson's Ron Paul leading the fight together, but they have found one: Weed.

Paul and Frank and four other Democrats (only one of whom has a last name that's also a first name) are introducing legislation to get rid of the federal prohibition on marijuana.

Smoke 'em if you got 'em in Lake Jackson, we guess.

Paul has long been a critic of the bloated, wasteful "War on Drugs," so this latest bill can't be considered much of a surprise.

And like other efforts, it's doomed to fail. But it could help spur discussion on whether the federal government should get involved in the non-interstate traffic of pot in states where medical marijuana has been approved.

The Marijuana Policy Project calls the legislators supporting the bill "visionary and courageous."

They say on their Web site:

"The legislation would limit the federal government's role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, allowing people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal," according to the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates for pot legalization. "The legislation is the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition."

More than a dozen states allow the sale of medical marijuana, but the practice is not legal under federal law, leading to confusion and clashes between local and federal authorities.

The site offers pre-written e-mails to send to Congress in support of the legislation, in case for some reason you're feeling too unambitious or if there's a good Maury on.

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Artemis
Artemis

Legalize ALL drugs just as they had all been legal in the past. Regulate them in the same way as alcohol and cigarettes are regulated. Use the revenue for drug education and to rehab those who want help with their addiction. The campaign to end smoking has been so successful that tobacco companies are now looking for markets in other countries. Education works, the 20 year drug war has not. Remove the profit and drug-related gang violence comes to an end, the streets are safer, prison populations are reduced and the country can finally have an honest relationship with those substances which have always be a part of our human experience, to one degree or another.

Bill R
Bill R

These guys must be smoking the weed themselves for pleasure and it no doubt affected their minds. Making medical marijuana to help cancer patients is one thing but legalizing it for any other reason is pure idiocy. Of course it shows how bright our repub politicians are. All we need is a bunch of teenagers running around high on weed. Maybe even the cops then they could laugh at what ever they were investigating and not be fired. Of course it could be just another way for the rich to get richer selling weed as a drug to cure what?

JB
JB

And yet somehow, the "anti-government" tea-baggers, like my very own John Culberson, will vote against it. 

Say you what you want about Ron Paul and his kookiness (same for Barney too), but at least he's honest.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Good step in the right direction.

Evan
Evan

It wouldn't really legalize weed, per se, The government could still prevent interstate trade and international trade. However, it would leave legalization up to the states rather than federal government. 

Guezt
Guezt

Rabblerabblerabblerabble

H_e_x
H_e_x

Barney has been pretty open about his usage. And Paul has always been against criminalization. These two guys are doing something good for once, as opposed to grandstanding.

Nemekf
Nemekf

Legalize it. Regulate it. Tax it. Educate against it you like. But legalize it now.

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