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Reps. Ron Paul & Barney Frank to Obama: Leave pot smokers alone

The Hill - 11/14/12 - By Elise Viebeck

"Two House lawmakers are urging President Obama not to interfere with recent state decisions to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) wrote to Obama Wednesday asking his administration not to prosecute residents of Colorado and Washington, where voters just passed ballot measures to legalize the drug...

...Paul and Frank, both retiring in January, noted that they have sponsored legislation that removes criminal penalties for marijuana use. Under current federal law, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance alongside heroin and ecstasy."


Full text of the letter:

November 13, 2012

Dear Mr. President,

We urge you to respect the wishes of the voters of Colorado and Washington and refrain from federal prosecution of the inhabitants of those states who will be following their states’ laws with regard to the use of marijuana.

We have sponsored legislation at the federal level to remove criminal penalties for the use of marijuana because of our belief in individual freedom. We recognize that this has not yet become national policy, but we believe there are many strong reasons for your administration to allow the states of Colorado and Washington to set the policies they believe appropriate in this regard, without the federal government overriding the choices made by the voters of these states.

Respect for the rights of states to set policies on those matters that primarily affect their own residents argues for federal noninterference in this case, as does respect for the wishes of the voters – again, on matters that primarily affect those in the relevant electorate. Additionally, we believe that scarce federal resources – law enforcement, prosecutorial, judicial, and penal – should not be expended in opposition to the wishes of the voters of Colorado and Washington, given the responsibility of all federal officials to find ways to withhold unwise or unnecessary expenditures.

We believe that respecting the wishes of the electorates of Colorado and Washington and allowing responsible state authorities to carry out those wishes will provide valuable information in an important national debate. Our request does not mean any permanent waiver of the ability of the federal government to enforce national laws should there be negative consequences of these state decisions – which we do not believe are at all likely – and thus we have as a result of these two states’ decisions a chance to observe in two states the effect of the policy that we continue to believe would be wise for the country as a whole. Those who disagree with us should welcome the opportunity to put their theories to a test.

Respect for the principles of democracy; respect for the states to make decisions on matters that primarily affect the residents of those states; the chance to conserve scarce federal financial resources – these we believe are many strong reasons for you to defer to the state decisions, and we believe that even those who do not share our view that personal liberty should dictate this result should have no objection to your acting on these principles in this case.

Rep. Ron Paul _ Rep. Barney Frank


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Frank is great when it comes to social issues..

so it was admittedly pretty heartrending to accept that he's more or less a puppet of the banks. Hearing the guy speak on matters like gay marriage or marijuana legalization is still inspiring--he shuts it down..

bookmark for when O sends in

bookmark for when O sends in the feds

"...where voters just passed

"...where voters just passed ballot measures to legalize the drug herb..."

If we live in a republic

the states are ABOVE the federal government.

It is because people "register" to vote in the "democracy" which is actually a corptocracy/kleptocracy which actually gives the federal "government" it's perceived power. The FEDs will do whatever they think they can get away with. There's plenty of evidence to suggest this monster is nothing more than a massive organized crime enterprise which has monopolized even the court system in this country.

As long as the people keep supporting democracy - the will of the mob will continue to be the rule of the day. Ironically though - it's not even the will of the mob that's being enforced - it's the will of the tiny elite who handles the counting of the votes - marijuana laws fund the police state, the private for-profit prison industry as well as the pensions of every judge sitting on a bench in this country.

If we're not willing to get a clear view of what the problem is we will never be able to propose an effective solution.

It's right there in the name:

The United States of America


America of the United States

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Nothing in politics is going

Nothing in politics is going to change until the people change. More than 2/3rds of likely voters still support a ban on marijuana. Until that changes, we won't see things change at the federal level.

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Actually, from what I've read it is about an even split

45% in favor, 45% oppose.


That is close to a tipping point. Get 5% more to understand the issue, and it it 50% - 40%, which is enough for the politicians to understand which way the wind is blowing.

He's the man.

from a story about the same poll...

"Marijuana legalization for personal use reaches new high in poll
...But support is up from only 22 percent in 1997, and the 48 percent who say they support legalization is the most in the history of the poll."


( "new high" - I get it)


Writers are always trying to

Writers are always trying to find new highs.

In 1974, my roommate went

In 1974, my roommate went through a nasty breakup with his GF. She reported his pot smoking to the cops, and a few weeks later the two of us were busted for possession of about an ounce of MJ, which sold for around $15 at the time. The pot belonged to my roommate, but that didn't matter - I was prosecuted right along with him.

The lawyer cost me a ton of money at the time, which I didn't have, and the subsequent conviction cost me several jobs over the years. I was fortunate, though, (unlike many), not to experience jail time.

It's well past time this nonsense about locking people up or damaging their careers for pot smoking was put to bed.

Thank you Dr. Paul, once again, for standing up for liberty.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

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Thank you for posting.

States are in the red zone now. First and goal. The Federal government is lining up their defense. 11-2012-Nullification! hut, hut hike!

Good preemptive move by Paul & Frank. (Too bad they're both retiring!)

Will the Feds blitz, or lay down their arms like in Berlin, November 1989 and submit to the will of the people (as they should)?

He's the man.

Let's hope it's the latter

I read an article on here about how they were using forfeiture loopholes to seize property of people who were growing- but not actually arrest them or charge them. I'll try to find it and post it, very strange and draconian.

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