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Congress’ Cannabis Wednesday

Congress’ Cannabis Wednesday

People are calling yesterday, June 3 “Cannabis Wednesday,” the most significant day yet for marijuana in Congress. They passed three pro-marijuana amendments, and nearly approved a fourth – by a pretty decent margin.

The first bipartisan amendment, authored by Representatives Tom McClintock (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Don Young (R-AK), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), prohibits the DEA from interfering with state medical marijuana laws and passed by a vote of 242-186.

A similar second amendment applies to state industrial hemp laws and passed by an ever wider margin with a vote of 282-146.

Finally, the third bipartisan amendment proposed by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) protects state laws that allow CBD oils, and it passed 297-130.

The amendment that didn’t pass, though, was a pretty important one. It would prevent the DEA and Department of Justice from spying on American citizens in the name of the War on Drugs, which we all know they’ve been doing for quite some time once Reuters blew their cover back in 2013. Suck it, DEA and DOJ and all those other annoying acronyms that just want to take away our rights by collecting all our information. Anyway, the damn thing got a vote of 206-222. So close, but not close enough.

The best news to come out this is a strong prediction by Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon that we’ll be done with all this nonsense in the next five years. Cheers to that!


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