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Rep. Jared Polis Introduces Federal Marijuana Bill

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would change the way the federal government regulates marijuana, the Denver Post reports:

PolisRep. Jared Polis introduced legislation Tuesday that removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and shifts it from the Drug Enforcement Agency to be regulated by the renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms.

Polis, along with Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, are seeking to have that new bureau regulate marijuana as it does alcohol. States and municipalities could still choose to prohibit marijuana production, and it would still be illegal to transport marijuana to a state where it is prohibited.

Said Polis: "We get the DEA out of banning marijuana federally, and we allow states to choose if they want it to be legal or illegal. "We don't want the whole industry and trade to be subject to who the president is and whatever their whims are in a given day."

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  1. This bill seems too logically, which means that it will not get passed!

    Posted by: Dan | Feb 6, 2013 9:46:46 AM


  2. Pot should be legal. However, I do want those of you who smoke it to know a few things:

    Pot really does have effects, like memory loss.
    Working with stoned people is annoying.
    Dealing with stoned customers is annoying.

    When you tell a friend about the effect that smoking pot has had on his ability to think and his deportment, he gets defensive like an alcoholic. Just like an alcoholic. That ought to tell him something, but it doesn't, and that ought to tell him something, but it doesn't.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 6, 2013 10:41:35 AM


  3. If you watch any drug ad on TV, they now list all kinds of side effects including death. They still allow tobbaco products to be sold, with all kinds of side effects including death. Yet, year after year, the tobacco and alcoholic lobby has been able to keep pot listed as a drug, yet no one has ever died from an over dose, or came down with a decsease from smoking an excessive amount of pot!

    Thank you Representative Jared Polis for addressing the government's hypocritical laws pertaining to marijunana.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin the bleacher Preacher | Feb 6, 2013 10:49:19 AM


  4. Why no headline for Reps. Kucenich and Paul who introduce similar legislation EVERY YEAR?

    Posted by: Chrisme | Feb 6, 2013 11:25:46 AM


  5. @David, check out Washington's approach to legalization. It is easily the most comprehensive and capable bill yet.

    Posted by: Fensox | Feb 6, 2013 11:47:55 AM


  6. Adding an M to the ATF is what won't fly.

    Posted by: Fensox | Feb 6, 2013 11:48:29 AM


  7. The drug war is an embarrassing failure. America, go home. You're drunk. Please, stop it.

    Posted by: Joseph Phillips | Feb 6, 2013 12:15:08 PM


  8. 1) We really should stop referring to it as 'marijuana'. I complain on here about too much P.C. - speak, but in this case it would be appropriate to refer to it as everyone else outside the U.S. does...cannabis. The name marijuana was created to demonize it with a 'foreign' sounding name in the early 20th century, in particular to connect it to Mexicans. So yes, it is a racist name.

    Also, I'm amused even 'reputable' media keep on referring to it as 'pot'. Just call it cannabis.

    2) This will still take YEARS to implement; how many currently and will be incarcerated or get a criminal record for having small amounts of cannabis? At the very least, it should at least be immediately decriminalized for possession of amounts for personal use. UNFORTUNATE, there's a huge $$$ industry surrounding the drug war, law enforcement, incarceration, rehab, etc., and this will make the needed changes difficult.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 6, 2013 12:19:12 PM


  9. 1) We really should stop referring to it as 'marijuana'. I complain on here about too much P.C. - speak, but in this case it would be appropriate to refer to it as everyone else outside the U.S. does...cannabis. The name marijuana was created to demonize it with a 'foreign' sounding name in the early 20th century, in particular to connect it to Mexicans. So yes, it is a racist name.

    Also, I'm amused even 'reputable' media keep on referring to it as 'pot'. Just call it cannabis.

    2) This will still take YEARS to implement; how many currently and will be incarcerated or get a criminal record for having small amounts of cannabis? At the very least, it should at least be immediately decriminalized for possession of amounts for personal use. UNFORTUNATE, there's a huge $$$ industry surrounding the drug war, law enforcement, incarceration, rehab, etc., and this will make the needed changes difficult.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 6, 2013 12:19:12 PM


  10. Based on one of the largest and most robust trials ever performed, teens in New Zealand who regularly smoked marijuana (on the order of once a week) suffered a loss of IQ which shifts them from the 50th percentile of intelligence to the 30th percentile. That is a massive amount of damage, and this isn't even like cigarettes where people just die sooner -- they're a dead weight on society their entire lives. I have never known a happy, well-adjusted person to start smoking pot. I know plenty of neurotic, depressed, self-destructive people who have, and they've gone on to be even more neurotic, depressed and self-destructive. The same does not hold true for alcohol.

    Posted by: Petes | Feb 6, 2013 2:07:20 PM


  11. I should have mentioned that the loss of IQ was permanent. Tested as small kids, they had average IQs. After smoking for a while, they had a permanently lower IQ. This is a sad, waste of potential, and the pushers on here are simply delusion about the harm they're creating.

    Posted by: Petes | Feb 6, 2013 2:09:52 PM


  12. hey, "Petes", what happens if "kids" drink alcohol regularly, eh?

    you're hilarious.

    that aint robust. it's stupid. wow. what a stunning discovery. children shouldn't use cannabis. wow. alert the news media!

    *chump*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Feb 6, 2013 2:24:19 PM


  13. Robert Altman was a regular cannabis user and one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of all time :-)

    see also: Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick,

    oh, who am i kidding? it takes a profoundly insecure act of selective amnesia to pretend that cannabis use is in any way shape or form more harmful, or even equally-harmful, as the already-legal a socially-acceptable drug known as "alcohol"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Feb 6, 2013 2:26:51 PM


  14. @Lil' Phukface,

    I smoked cannabis and still do occasionally. My I.Q. is well above 100, but I do recognize smoking anything can't be good for you, and has it's negative health issues. It is a lie to claim smoking cannabis doesn't involve negative heath issues, including mental health in some people.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 6, 2013 2:51:38 PM


  15. Dear Coward Who Is Obsessed With Me,

    You'll note I said cannabis users, not smokers.

    Vaporizers or baked goods, thankyouverymuch. Smoking cannabis is not the only way to use it.

    You may now get back to obsessing over me and pretending your fake-dad is still fake-dead.

    And pretending he also fake-accepted you.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Feb 6, 2013 2:55:33 PM


  16. The study Petes cites showed only a negative effect on kids who smoked A LOT of marijuana before age 18. How nice of science to show us what should be the legal age for marijuana use. I imagine kids who drink A LOT of alcohol before age 18 would have some serious brain damage as well, despite the people Petes "knows".
    Keep spinning, anti-marijuana people, your arguments are easy to discredit.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Feb 6, 2013 2:56:27 PM


  17. You may now get back to obsessing over me and pretending your fake-dad is still fake-dead.

    And pretending he also fake-accepted you.


    ===================

    See Lil' Phukface,

    It's when you post s*hit like this, and when you troll ENDLESSLY under various names, that I feel it necessary to remind you whenever possible about what an uber phukface you are.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 6, 2013 3:04:20 PM


  18. exactly, PDX.

    up next: Pete's stunningly revelatory study that shows that cigarettes are, like, totes bad for 4 year olds.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Feb 6, 2013 3:04:37 PM


  19. i'm a happy, openly Out and proud uber phukface. it's not my fault your fake-dad is fake-dead. he was killed by black men in a gang-bang, eh? oh well at least he fake-died fake-happy.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Feb 6, 2013 3:12:10 PM


  20. @Lil' Phukface,

    I'm a happy, openly out, and proud non-phukface. I am the proud, out gay anti-phukface.

    And my father and what happened is far from fake. But then I didn't grow up and live the life of a privileged brat in Toronto.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 6, 2013 4:30:59 PM


  21. @Lil' Phukface,

    I'm a happy, openly out, and proud non-phukface. I am the proud, out gay anti-phukface.

    And my father and what happened is far from fake. But then I didn't grow up and live the life of a privileged brat in Toronto.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 6, 2013 4:30:59 PM


  22. "The authors followed 1,037 children born in the town of Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1972 and 1973 — virtually every child. They defined adolescent use as at least weekly use before turning 18. In looking at the relationship between marijuana use and IQ, they controlled for factors like years of education, schizophrenia and use of alcohol or other drugs that might also have an effect on IQ. While education weakened the relationship, it still did not eliminate it."

    Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/08/28/does-weekly-marijuana-use-by-teens-really-cause-a-drop-in-iq/#ixzz2K9umZCtE

    Smoking pot once a week is not "A LOT" of pot, and teenagers who drink alcohol once a week do not suffer irreparable brain damage.

    Pro-pot laws are increasing the amount of marijuana on the streets and plenty of it is ending up in the hands of teenagers. Have fun destroying a generation, you creeps.

    Posted by: Petes | Feb 6, 2013 5:08:05 PM


  23. Geeze RATBASTARD, for a weed smoker (oops cannabis, sorry) you certainly are an obnoxious, know-it-all blowhard! I thought smoking the stuff made you mellow? Maybe you should take a few more bong hits and get over your obsession with Kiwi. It's starting to get a little "stalker-ish" and making any good points you have on a subject look silly.

    Posted by: CHEECH&CHONG | Feb 6, 2013 8:36:53 PM


  24. From Wikipedia PETES:


    A 35-year cohort study published August 2012 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and funded partly by NIDA and other NIH institutes reported an association between long-term cannabis use and neuropsychological decline, even after controlling for education. It was found that the persistent, dependent use of marijuana before age 18 was associated with lasting harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory, and were suggestive of neurological harm from cannabis. Quitting cannabis did not appear to reverse the loss. However, individuals who started cannabis use after the age of 18 did not show similar declines.

    Results of the study came into question when in a new analysis, published January 2013 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Oslo's Ragnar Frisch Center for Economic Research noted other differences among the study group including education, occupation and other socioeconomic factors that showed the same effect on IQ as cannabis use. From the abstract: "existing research suggests an alternative confounding model based on time-varying effects of socioeconomic status on IQ. A simulation of the confounding model reproduces the reported associations from the [August 2012 study], suggesting that the causal effects estimated in Meier et al. are likely to be overestimates, and that the true effect could be zero". The researchers pointed to three other studies which showed cannabis did not cause a decline in IQ. The studies showed that heavy smokers had clear reductions in IQ, but they were not permanent.

    A July 2012 article in Brain reported neural-connectivity impairment in some brain regions following prolonged cannabis use initiated in adolescence or young adulthood.

    A 2012 study conducted by researchers at UC San Diego failed to show deleterious effects on the adolescent brain from cannabis use. Researchers looked at brain scans taken before-and-after of subjects aged 16–20 years who consumed alcohol and compared them to subjects of the same age who used cannabis instead. The 92 person study was conducted over an eighteen-month period. While teen alcohol use resulted in observable reduced white matter brain tissue health, cannabis use was not linked to any structural damage. The study did not measure the subjects' cognitive performance. Publication is scheduled for April 2013 in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

    Posted by: CHEECH&CHONG | Feb 6, 2013 8:39:03 PM


  25. @petes how can it cause schizophrenia? the percent of people who smoke pot went up, but the percentage of people with schizophrenia is the same as its always been. That means pot can't be causing schizophrenia, but makes it more apparant in a brain that already has it. Learn the difference between correlation based on outdated studies and evidence. Not only that, but a recent study says that the IQ difference is due to socioeconomic factors like education and wealth. For example, more poorer people smoke than rich people, and that's a fact. When your area is poor then your schooling is poorer, and therefore your IQ never has a chance to develop to the magnitude of some better richer school.

    Posted by: dougiefresh | Feb 7, 2013 10:06:33 AM


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