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U.S. House Expected to Pass Resolution Today Calling for New Marijuana Strategy

By Guttz, Dec 8, 2010 | | |
  1. Guttz
    Rep. Jared Polis, MPP Say It’s Time to End “Failed” Marijuana Prohibition, Regulate Marijuana Industry to Combat Drug Traffickers

    WASHINGTON - December 8 - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass a resolution today declaring illegal marijuana cultivation on federal lands to be an "unacceptable threat to the safety of law enforcement and the public," and calling upon the nation's drug czar "to work in conjunction with Federal and State agencies to develop a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to permanently dismantle Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating on Federal lands."

    Speaking on the House floor yesterday, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) agreed with the goals of H. Res. 1540, but said the only way to accomplish such objectives would be to eliminate "the failed policy of prohibition with regard to marijuana and replac[e] it with regulation."

    "I have no doubt that marijuana plantations, as the resolution states, pose a threat to the environmental health of Federal lands, that drug traffickers spray unregulated chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers, but I submit that the best way to address that is to incorporate this into a meaningful and enforceable agricultural policy for the country with regard to the regulatory structure for the production of marijuana," said Polis, whose home state of Colorado has emerged as a national leader in the regulation of medical marijuana. "... As long as [marijuana] remains illegal and as long as there is a market demand, the production will be driven underground. No matter how much we throw at enforcement, it will continue to be a threat not only to our Federal lands, but to our border security and to our safety within our country."

    Steve Fox, director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project, today joined Rep. Polis in endorsing the underlying rationale of the resolution and suggesting that accomplishing the goals detailed in legislation will require an entirely new strategy by the federal government.

    "Passage of this resolution will send a clear message to the drug czar and others that our current strategies for combating illegal marijuana production are not working and that a new direction is needed," Fox said. "There are two choices here: continue the failed prohibitionist policies that encourage Mexican drug cartels to keep growing marijuana on federal lands, or embrace a new path that would acknowledge the reality that marijuana is not going away, but its production and sale can be sensibly regulated in order to reduce the harm caused by its illicit production on federal lands."

    December 8, 2010, Mike Meno, MPP Director of Communications
    http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/12/08-4

Comments

  1. torachi
    I'm a bit confused by the "Federal lands". Do we have federal lands in Mexico? If so, how are they able to operate the cultivation? Wouldn't we already have security placed on federal land in foreign countries?

    Or are they referring to illegals in the United States using federal land for cultivation? Seems like that could be handled without new regulations, despite the vastness of the land bordering Mexico.

    It all sounds good, I just wish it was more clear exactly what the Mexican drug cartels are doing that they are trying to prevent.
  2. kailey_elise
    From my understanding (via reading previous articles), people connected with Mexican drug traffickers are cultivating cannabis on Federal land inside of the USA. The people tending the crops may or may not be illegal aliens. It sounds (again, from other articles I've read on the forum) like it's reasonably common right now in the California/Arizona/New Mexico area.

    ~Kailey
  3. Samadhi
    The day the US government turns its eye to blind on cannabis, I will eat my hat and put some plants in the living room. This has been an issue for over 5 decades now and we still haven't done a damn productive thing about it in our education, law making, or scheduling regulations when it comes to cannabis or any other drug really. Hopefully this next generation is going to be the one that makes the impact on cannabis legislation. Pot is becoming pretty widely accepted by people in the 18-50 age group and the propaganda mill has mostly stopped besides the crime smear they try to put on medical/illegal cannabis now. To the medias defense their overblown gangster view of cannabis cultivators is sometimes well deserved because not everyone who cultivates is of the best intentions, but that can be said with anything.

    Mexican cartels will keep doing what they do as long as they can and there is a market for their cannabis. So, the resolution is the idea that by making it more legal, that we will reduce cartel related crime? Really? They are thugs looking to make cash, they will just switch to the next drug that makes them money. But good to see that something might be done... maybe... :laugh:
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