Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer and 13 co-sponsors put forth a bill to legalize medical marijuana on Monday. The bill sets a framework for allowing the FDA to legalize medical marijuana. The ATF position is that marijuana has no medicinal value.
Blumenauer said his bill will eliminate confusion over federal marijuana policy.
He feigned concern for law enforcement as he discussed his bill:
“Frankly, the people in the federal hierarchy are in an impossible position,” Blumenauer said, adding: “It gets the federal government and the Department of Justice out of this never-never land.”
Blumenauer marched out 150 advocates including doctors and former military to support his case.
This is about making marijuana legal. The best way to legalize the drug is to start with medical marijuana. California is a perfect example. Anyone can go into one of the California “pharmacies” and buy it. Doctors give out the scrips as if they were post-its.
I don’t know what people who like guns and take medical marijuana are going to do because, back in 2011, the ATF said that gun dealers in the 16 states that allow medical marijuana cannot sell weapons to registered users of pot. Marijuana severely impairs judgment and coordination but dedicated marijuana users don’t accept that fact.
Pot users are very upset that they can’t shoot and drug at the same time.
The government’s own website states that
- Marijuana has not been proven to have any medicinal value
- It is addictive
- THC is rising in potency in tested samples (THC is a mind altering chemical in marijuana)
- Regular marijuana use by young people can have long-lasting negative impact on the structure and function of their brains
- Marijuana use can have a variety of adverse, short and long-term effects, especially on cardiopulmonary and mental health
From the national drug abuse website:
Research clearly demonstrates that marijuana has the potential to cause problems in daily life or make a person’s existing problems worse. In fact, heavy marijuana users generally report lower life satisfaction, poorer mental and physical health, relationship problems, and less academic and career success compared to their peers who came from similar backgrounds. For example, marijuana use is associated with a higher likelihood of dropping out from school. Several studies also associate workers’ marijuana smoking with increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers’ compensation claims, and job turnover.
Despite the facts published on the government website, Mr. Blumenauer wants to make marijuana legal throughout the nation.
He really has our best interests at heart.