US Representatives Debate Defunding DEA’s Ability to Raid Medical Marijuana States

UPDATE: Full C-SPAN video of the entire debate below –“R”R

[Update: Like previous vote totals for spending amendments to stop the federal government from spending tax dollars harassing state-sanctioned cannabisbusinesses and patients, unfortunately this vote too lost by virtually the same margins, 262-163, with 135 Democrats and 28 Republicans supporting the amendment.]

One of my favorite things about hosting NORML SHOW LIVE is the ability to break in with live coverage of events that are important to the cannabis community. Thanks to a timely tweet from SSDP, our associate producer Kaliko Castille tracked down the live C-SPAN coverage of a debate in the US House over an amendment that would defund the DEA from being able to prosecute raids in medical marijuana states. We interrupted our replay of a video interview with Dr. Donald Tashkin to cover the news.

I wish we would have broken in earlier to hear the remarks from Rep. Nadler and the other representatives who spoke on the issue. Full coverage of the debate should be up on C-SPAN’s website soon. For now, enjoy the remarks of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Then recoil back to reality with Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) comparing medical marijuana to sex trafficking and a voice vote dominated by bellowing Republicans to kill the amendment.

132 thoughts

  1. To NORML
    Please publish all incumbents who support legalization/regulation/taxation in a manner that your supporters can use to vote for pro marijuana candidates.

  2. Everybody who is pro cannabis whether is business’s using Industrial Hemp, Medical Cannibis industry or your once in a while laid back stock brooker it is time to vote in canidates that are also pro-cannibis.A reasonable Industrial Hemp and Marijuana requires legelators at the local, state and federal levels. Oregon’s November ballot has a interesting wrinkle in that it will set up state run stores. These state run stores will sell marijuana at cost. These state stores will also purchase marijuana from growers. The idea is, that if you sell at cost and buy directly from legal farming, the cost of Marijuana will come down and the illegal trade will disapear. I think this is a good idea and all states should follow it.

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  6. It has been years, if ever, since Frank Wolf said anything intelligent on the floor of the House. Term limits, which of course he does not support, would have sent this less than bland representative packing years ago. Special interest money will keep him secure till he hits the nursing home.

  7. Is it just me, or is there always a preponderance of names of Legislators stated in most issues, certainly MMJ, that are for, versus few if any names exposed that are ‘against’.
    It would be very helpful for knowledge to expand on MJ being prohibited if names of legislators ‘against’ in their voting was listed in articles.
    While each researcher can do the work, it becomes more difficult when everyone is duplicating the effort.
    From there, finding the correlation between Legislators that receive ‘campaign donations’ from companies with vested interests to never see Mj components come to market.
    So to say Monsanto and J&J as examples.

  8. OK folks its time to make a stand.

    The only thing that can get things done is money and votes. Most of us have voting rights, some have money. If ya have some money to spare – contribute to Normal or a like organization and/or email this message to your elected officials and stand firm. Also send to like minded friends and family:

    To the President, Members of the US Congress, State and local elected officials:

    Criminal marijuana prohibition is a failure. Over 20 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses since 1965 with over 800,000 arrests in 2010 and each year the number increases. The problem is getting worse – not because of the benign plant, but because of the obsolete laws. The time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, taxation, regulation, and education.

    I can no longer vote for elected officials that support the the current laws. I have decided not to vote for any politician that does not publicly support the removal of all penalties for the private possession and endorse responsible use of marijuana by adults, including cultivation for personal use, and casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts.


    Voting Citizen
    & Member of the Movement

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