Posted on February 8, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Proposed legislation would empower states, create tax framework
Colorado’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry still operates in a gray area between state and federal laws.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Saying that the power to unravel the marijuana mess lies with Congress, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) this week introduced measures that would de-federalize marijuana policy and create a framework for the federal taxation of cannabis.
To provide context for the legislation, the lawmakers released a report that outlines the history of what they called the failed war on marijuana and explains that more than 100 million Americans live in jurisdictions where governments and voters have decided that some aspect of marijuana should be legally permitted. (more…)
Filed under: Colorado | Tagged: Cannabis, Colorado, Congress, Controlled Substances Act, Drug Enforcement Administration, Earl Blumenauer, Jared Polis, marijuana legalization, medical marijuana | 3 Comments »
Posted on November 17, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Congressional delegation readies bill that would exempt Colorado from federal Controlled Substances Act
Will Colorado and the federal government find common ground?
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Federal enforcement actions in Colorado against individuals for possession of marijuana would be a bad idea, Democratic Congressman Jared Polis said Friday.
Along with 15 other Democratic congressmen, Polis sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and DEA chief Michele Leonhart, urging the federal government to take no action against anyone who acts in compliance with the laws of Colorado, Washington and any other states that choose to regulate access to marijuana. (more…)
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Posted on July 2, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
The clash between states and the federal government over medical marijuana may be intensifying.
U.S. Department of Justice memo appears to target commercial medical marijuana growers
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Congressman Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat, is sparring with the U.S. Department of Justice over the language of a June 29 memo from the federal agency that seems to target large-scale medical marijuana growers and dispensaries.
The memo is intended to clarify the federal government’s role in enforcing the prohibition on illegal drug use. The widespread legalization of medical cannabis has resulted in some confusion in a classic case of states’ rights versus federal law. Federal officials are obligated to enforce the controlled substances act, even as more and more states legalize medical use of marijuana.
In a related story, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that drug-related school expulsions have soared in the Poudre School District as medical marijuana use becomes more widespread. (more…)
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