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Pelosi: Dems May Take Up Medical Marijuana Reform After The Election


Federal medical marijuanaby Phillip Smith

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a bloggers’ roundtable Wednesday that Democrats might be interested in making changes in federal law around medical marijuana after the November elections, Raw Story reported.

“I’ve been very clear on the subject of medical marijuana over time, in committee and on the floor as leader,” Pelosi said. “I think that it would be really important to do that,” she said.

“It would be hard for anyone to agree with the fact that someone who has HIV/AIDS or has cancer and they find relief from pain in medicinal marijuana that should be something that should be a priority to raid on the part of the Justice Department. Going along with that, we need to address some of the penalties for any nonviolent crimes that are out there.”

Pelosi has previously attacked the Obama administration for the Justice Department’s campaign of raids and threats against California medical marijuana providers, but this is her strongest statement yet on the topic.

Federal law and the Justice Department do not recognize medical marijuana, but there are options short of revising the Controlled Substance Act that could bring relief. The Justice Department could be persuaded to go back to the policy it adopted early in the Obama administration of not going after providers in compliance with state laws, or the administration could reschedule marijuana.

Another possibility is a ban on federal spending for raids on state-sanctioned medical marijuana facilities. A bill that would do that passed the House in May, but awaits action in the Senate. It was introduced by California Rep. Sam Farr (D). A third alternative is for the administration to simply use its executive authority to reschedule marijuana for prescription availability under the Controlled Substances Act.

“Medical marijuana is one of those issues where if you get enough states, where when you get enough then you get it,” Farr told Raw Story. “California had already started that process because of cost concerns. That didn’t cause any scandals or upheavals.”

Whether Pelosi’s words will lead to any real change remains to be seen, but the most powerful Democrat in the House has just put the administration on notice that she’s not happy with its medical marijuana policies.

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  1. Mighte are what we find on a chickens Ass! Heard same BS last year! Butt we cannot let Rs gain control!! Romni plain SCARES me! teb

  2. If they had a brain, then they would go ahead and get it legalized now, as it would bring them a lot of votes. Whichever side makes the first move to get it legalized would win the election. It would bring many Ron Paul people to their side. But, they aren’t smart enough to do that.
    With over 70% of Americans ready to see medical cannabis legalized, it appears that America is better educated on cannabis now than ever before. They have finally accepted the fact that marijuana is not an evil thing, and realize that the politicians did it for money. With all of the health benefits that have come to light recently, it seems that Nixon’s War on Drugs has hurt more people that both the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombs put together.
    The time has come for cannabis to be legalized, and if there are any old timers that are not ready to make this change, then they desperately need to be driven from any further government position. Those people are not serving Americans, nor looking out for our best interest. They are supposed to represent the people and do what the people want, but they don’t do it. They do whatever it takes to get donations/money from corporations so they can run for re-election. Maybe its time for America to “Occupy Washington DC” along with all of the state capitals until congress decides to represent what the people want!
    Every last one of them needs to be replaced. I say vote them all out of office, replace them all, send them home so they can go out in the real world and try to find themselves a real job like everyone else!

  3. please watch my youtube..”emt caught smoking weed..1-3..i feel its some good insight for mary jane..thanks and light it up..jroll84

  4. i agree we will erase this stupid law….its only a matter of time..but it will fall

  5. Open your eyes to this if you dare… Democratic governor on Thursday vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that would legalize medical marijuana in the state of New Hampshire.

  6. It would be nice if it happened – it sure helped me during chemo. However, it seems that Obama is talking out of both sides of his mouth on this one. He had me convinced that he cared about the common people – but with his unwillingness to help with this issue AND his support of stripping people of their constitution rights by saying he would sign the NDAA to ‘disappear’ citizens with no charges and no recourse…..well, it seems he is as big a LIAR as all the others. I am heartbroken, to say the least.

  7. Dear Mrs. Pelosi: At this point, it doesn’t really matter what Congress does, because the states are moving forward without the federal government. As soon as cannabis is legalized for recreation in CO, WA, and OR in small amounts (subject to reasonable restriction), the dominoes will truly begin to topple. The drug war propaganda is over. We, the voters, are changing the law, because we don’t like the current law.

  8. Lavender Kush on

    Fucking ugly bitch. Dont try throwing us a bone! We see what you Dems are doing in California . . . VOTE RON PAUL!!!

  9. G-Wizz Obama spent 700,000,000.00 to b the president,,,i wonder if we donated that much to either candidate we could get medical passed…..I just wonder !!!!

  10. God created it for a reason. Just legalize it. Quit putting fear into nonviolent people who just want to free better and release stress. Its over rated to take freedom away when u are not harming anyone. Alcohol is dangerous and impairs judgement but people still has access to buy. Plus I think the world will be a better place if everyone smokes weed or not closed minded about using marijuana .

  11. here could be something: if you’re illegally but nonviolently using/distributing it, just take it away from them.. don’t do anything else… If they have guns blow them up…

  12. evreything we want is after the election, what a lying bunch of vote grubbin pieces of raccoon fesces

  13. Obama is a scummy flip flopper on this issue.
    He wouldn’t ride in an open top car in California.
    Mitt Romney is a total a$$hole on this issue.YouTube: Mitt Romney medical marijuana.
    Democants AND Republicants both $UCK!!!
    (Its just that the Democants $uck a little less)

  14. FloridaBadger on

    Mighte are what we find on a chickens Ass! Heard same BS last year! Butt we cannot let Rs gain control!! Romni plain SCARES me!

  15. with all the participating states and many more putting the vote out there for legalization of Medical marijuana…I think it stands a great chance of being rescheduled…16 states and DC plus at least 7 more in the running…The FEDS will absolutely have to throw their hands up and give in…they’re fighting a losing battle.

  16. Why does the Pelosi fraud machine want to wait until after the election? How about doing something now so the voters can decide whether or not to keep her in office?

  17. Didn’t we hear this SAME bullshit from Obama in. 2009? Presidio has a better chance of seeing GOD, than she has of seeing the SPEAKERSHIP again! I don’t believe a damned word this administration says. They’ve done NOTHING to allow States to run a Medical Marijuana program after TELLING us that he would recognize State laws on the issue. He’s arrested MORE people for Marijuana possession in THREE yrs. than Bush Administration did in EIGHT yrs. He KNOWS that WE (marijuana users) put him in office last time and that he’s GOT to have our support in order for him to get a 2nd term, but he LIED to us before. Now he comes back with this shit again? No way man

  18. i think it is “high time”they legalize it quit trying to hold it over peoples heads trying to get votes if your not going to legalize it stop telling people that you are,it is good for a lot more ailments than aids and cancer.

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