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Republican Led House Votes to Continue Medical Marijuana Raids


gopmarijuanaRepublicans Keep Up Attack On Cannabis


Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives had the chance to end federal raids on the medical marijuana industry. Instead, a Republican led House voted down an amendment, 262-163, to the FY 2013 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations bill that would have defunded efforts to crack down on medical marijuana in states where it’s legal.

Over 70% of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana at the national level, yet 84% of Republican representatives voted to continue arresting, and prosecuting medical marijuana patients and caregivers in states with medical marijuana laws. 134 of the 190 House Democrats voted in favor of the bill, while only 29 of the 242 House Republicans did.

Here is an excerpt from the bill:

None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.

Over 250 million Americans want marijuana legalized for medicinal use, 17 states and D.C. have done it, yet our government continues to put people in federal prison for helping supply patients with medical marijuana. In the face of all this, 312 of our supposed representatives decided to continue the war on medical marijuana. If this doesn’t show that our system of representation is bankrupt, nothing will. The principle behind our representative system is that we Americans aren’t fit to vote directly on whether our government should keep wasting our national resources on a failed drug war–this has to change.

It’s time to clean house in Washington D. C. and restructure our system of representation. 312 small-minded individuals should never hold so much power over us. It’s time to take that power back. We trusted our representatives, but they have failed us. We have learned that the common folk are better equipped than professional politicians to make rational decisions on national public policy. If your representative voted against this bill, let them know they just lost your vote.



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  1. As a professional lobbyist for thirty years I’m ENCOURAGED by this first vote.  We now have a “on the record” vote by every member of the US House.  The best part was the twenty eight Republicans that voted for the Rorabacher amendment.  This is the basis for shifting just 50 votes and we would have won!  This is great progress, two years ago I doubt we would have received 75 votes.  Come join us  at: http://www.IFoAusa.org

    http://twitter.com/#!/IFOAUSA Here is the vote to see if your Congressman was with us (send a thank-you) or needing of a polite rebuke! http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll238.xml

  2. the big pharm companies are getting nervous about the amount of money being transacted and they get no cut….boo hoo  boo hoo

  3. the republicans dont make me sick…they all make me sick…..two faced the whole lot of em…..they are constantly doing what they want and not want we want…the majority of americans didnt want obamacare either but the lead democrat …Nancy Pelosi….  said we will do what we want bc we know better…bs…..although i must commend her on standing up to obama on the dispensaries crack down in her district in CA….when it comes to politics and you question something the government or a politician does…follow the money…the money trail always tells the truth….

  4. Nygratefulfred on

    The republicans make me sick.
    No one should vote for any of them in November.
    Lets vote all the unprogressive assholes out!

  5. Our Govt. CONTINUES to wage a war against it’s own citizens! To the tune of having over 3 MILLION citizens of this wonderful country INCARCERATED for simple POSSESSION! Land of the Free and the home of the INCARCERATED! UNTIL WE take BACK our country, they’ll continue their WAR on YOU


    Well unless your a down right brain dead retard you ought to be able to SEE THAT “WE THE PEOPLE”CONSIST OF 312. W. T. F. When you have law enforcement and district attorneys standing up and saying prosecuting these offender’s is breaking the back of the country I believe in what happens when the small towns and cities can’t meet the payroll for law enforcement and the prosecutors. We then have cutbacks then some other bill r law that the mojarity of the American people want passed and the politicians go the other way.you then have not enough law enforcement to deal with an uprising. So guess wat you get martial law I’m just a dumb old country boy happy just to wet a hook Are go on a hunt I heard George w BUSH say not every one was ment to rule I agree but when you have three quarters of the population wanting the same thing and our government does the opposite who the hell is in charge?

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