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(Russia Today)   Washington, D.C. considers decriminalizing marijuana. And if you thought that it took forever to get anything done in the capital, just wait   (rt.com) divider line 42
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2014-01-17 10:03:01 AM  
Weed trifecta complete!
 
2014-01-17 10:07:22 AM  
"We have to take action to decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana and reform our criminal justice system," Tommy Wells, Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, told Reuters. His committee will consider making changes to the bill, which he believes will help cut the city's police and legal expenses.
With nine of 13 council members - including DC Mayor Vincent Gray - on record supporting the measure, chances are good the proposal will pass. If so, Washington, DC, will follow the lead of 15 other states that have also decriminalized pot possession.

So, it looks promising, but I'll believe it when I see it.  Oh, also, could we get rid of the whole "drug testing for weed for government employees who live in areas where it's been decriminalized?"  KTHXBYE
 
2014-01-17 10:07:39 AM  
If it includes a provision to pump a continuous stream of smoke into both chambers of Congress, I'd be all for it.

/we need to chill those a-holes out
 
2014-01-17 10:07:45 AM  
weedactivist.com
Thanks, Bongtoko
 
2014-01-17 10:09:55 AM  
MJ stocks should bust out today.
 
2014-01-17 10:10:37 AM  

Dahnkster: [weedactivist.com image 468x312]
Thanks, Bongtoko


It's only a matter of time before a Fox News talking head tries to tie this surge to end prohibition with the president's skin color.

The subsequent backpedaling will be fun to watch.
 
2014-01-17 10:11:03 AM  
Epic Fap Session

That's how I plan to celebrate, if when this passes.

// of course, Congress might decide to remind DC just how little self-government we're allowed...
 
2014-01-17 10:11:45 AM  

Yes We Cannabis


rashmanly.files.wordpress.com

 
2014-01-17 10:17:41 AM  

Dahnkster: [weedactivist.com image 468x312]
Thanks, Bongtoko


Barak Obonga?
 
2014-01-17 10:22:11 AM  
But don't the feds also have jurisdiction in DC?
 
2014-01-17 10:22:47 AM  
My F-I-N said Texas legislators are considering it. Not a chance. We'll be state number 47.
 
2014-01-17 10:28:21 AM  
A lot of pot threads going on today...

Also:  Not a chance of it happening.
 
2014-01-17 10:28:53 AM  
America would be a better place if Pelosi and Boehner can light up together in friendship.
 
2014-01-17 10:30:32 AM  

Arkanaut: America would be a better place if Pelosi and Boehner can light up together in friendship.


We'd go from the Do Nothing Congress to the Do Nothing But Eat Up All The Cheetos Congress.
 
2014-01-17 10:34:24 AM  

Muta: Barak Obonga?

www.marijuana.com
I would have also accepted

Bongtoko
Tokebongo
or Commander in Kief
 
2014-01-17 10:38:10 AM  
Commander in Chuff
 
2014-01-17 10:38:48 AM  

ikanreed: But don't the feds also have jurisdiction in DC?


That is true.

It is also true that they have jurisdiction in Colorado and Washington state as well.
 
2014-01-17 10:38:54 AM  

Dahnkster: Yes We Cannabis
[rashmanly.files.wordpress.com image 450x597]


WTF is that guy's problem?
 
2014-01-17 10:42:35 AM  

xanadian: Arkanaut: America would be a better place if Pelosi and Boehner can light up together in friendship.

We'd go from the Do Nothing Congress to the Do Nothing But Eat Up All The Cheetos Congress.


Progress!
 
2014-01-17 10:44:33 AM  

Dahnkster: Yes We Cannabis
[rashmanly.files.wordpress.com image 450x597]


That's one bad arse picture.


And do we drug test our congresspersons?
 
2014-01-17 10:44:56 AM  
newsbusters.org
 
2014-01-17 10:45:33 AM  

Dahnkster: Muta: Barak Obonga?
[www.marijuana.com image 750x403]
I would have also accepted

Bongtoko
Tokebongo
or Commander in Kief


We get it, he's blue.
 
2014-01-17 10:47:47 AM  
Just legalized it everywhere. If it is decriminalized in DC, basically when people get busted with pot, they are really only guilty of living in the wrong state. Legalize it and tax it. Nationwide.

I bet you a billion dollars the sun will still rise.
 
2014-01-17 10:50:42 AM  

pueblonative: ikanreed: But don't the feds also have jurisdiction in DC?

That is true.

It is also true that they have jurisdiction in Colorado and Washington state as well.


Not like in DC. A brief history lesson; join me, won't you?

In 1998, DC thought "Hey, this cannabis stuff might have medical applications, Let's authorize it for medical use, and find out!" But then the Feds (led by Bob Barr) said "LOL nope," and passed a law not only invalidating any effect that DC law might have, but also making it illegal for the DC elections people to even count the ballot results of Initiative 59 (a "will of the voters" ballot question). And DC had a sad.

But then, they thought "We know! We can challenge Congress' right to do that!" And they did, eventually finding out the ballot question had 69 (heh) percent support.

So Bob Barr simply attached the same "Barr Amendment" to the 2000 Omnibus Spending Bill, invalidating the same duly-passed law again, adding a provisio that future laws attempting to decrease penalties for "Schedule I" drugs in the District were preemptively invalidated. A District Judge struck that portion of the amendment (free speech is a thing that even governments have, apparently), but was later overruled.

It is only because Congress (the US Congress) passed a law overturning the whole Barr Amendment that DC is allowed to even consider doing this.

// Bob Barr became a marijuana-legalization supporter, joining the Libertarian Party and running for President in '08, then dropped the LP like a hot potato to re-join the Republican Party. He's running for his old seat in Congress, from Georgia. His piece-of-shiat status remains untarnished.
// DC still has fewer rights of self-governance than Fish Guys, ID
// history lesson over
 
2014-01-17 10:50:58 AM  

busy chillin': I bet you a billion dollars the sun will still rise.


yeah but would you see it?

This works both on the level of all the smoke in the air, and would your pot head self get out of bed before noon.
 
2014-01-17 10:52:19 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: busy chillin': I bet you a billion dollars the sun will still rise.

yeah but would you see it?

This works both on the level of all the smoke in the air, and would your pot head self get out of bed before noon.


look at your clock.
 
2014-01-17 10:53:40 AM  
Not sure why Farkers have such an anti-MJ stance. And you people predicting it won't happen are dead wrong. It's pretty much tolerated across the area already.
 
2014-01-17 10:55:34 AM  
The intensity of conservative outrage against legalizing weed is directly proportional to the population of for-profit prisons.
 
2014-01-17 10:58:21 AM  

Dr Dreidel: Epic Fap Session

That's how I plan to celebrate, if when this passes.

// of course, Congress might decide to remind DC just how little self-government we're allowed...


This.

The oversight committee will never allow it, whatever the will of the people
 
2014-01-17 10:58:42 AM  

pueblonative: ikanreed: But don't the feds also have jurisdiction in DC?

That is true.

It is also true that they have jurisdiction in Colorado and Washington state as well.


Not... exactly.  The FBI, the main criminal enforcement arm of the feds are only granted jurisdiction on crimes that cross state lines or represent a "threat to national security".  If you live in Colorado, buy a gun in Colorado, and shoot a man who lives in Colorado, inside Colorado, while not conspiring with anyone outside the state, the FBI couldn't really go after you.

Park rangers, secret service, EPA enforcement, they all have jurisdiction in specific matters related to federal lands, currencies, or similar, but there isn't universal federal jurisdiction in the US.


I was positing my recollection that DC is considered federal jurisdiction for all things, and DC police are convenience thing, not a necessary thing.
 
2014-01-17 11:00:47 AM  

Dahnkster: Muta: Barak Obonga?

I would have also accepted

Bongtoko
Tokebongo
or Commander in Kief



He really puts the POT in POTUS.
 
2014-01-17 11:03:24 AM  

busy chillin': look at your clock.


point taken.
 
2014-01-17 11:17:14 AM  

ikanreed: pueblonative: ikanreed: But don't the feds also have jurisdiction in DC?

That is true.

It is also true that they have jurisdiction in Colorado and Washington state as well.

Not... exactly.  The FBI, the main criminal enforcement arm of the feds are only granted jurisdiction on crimes that cross state lines or represent a "threat to national security".  If you live in Colorado, buy a gun in Colorado, and shoot a man who lives in Colorado, inside Colorado, while not conspiring with anyone outside the state, the FBI couldn't really go after you.

Park rangers, secret service, EPA enforcement, they all have jurisdiction in specific matters related to federal lands, currencies, or similar, but there isn't universal federal jurisdiction in the US.


I was positing my recollection that DC is considered federal jurisdiction for all things, and DC police are convenience thing, not a necessary thing.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonzales_v._Raich


Yes, the situation is different slightly between the two, but the feds have the ability to ban and go in on it as opposed to a gun which I would assume is legal both under federal and state law.
 
2014-01-17 11:26:16 AM  

Arkanaut: America would be a better place if Pelosi and Boehner can light up together in friendship.


You just know that Boehner would bogart.
 
2014-01-17 11:28:54 AM  

Dahnkster: Muta: Barak Obonga?
[www.marijuana.com image 750x403]
I would have also accepted

Bongtoko
Tokebongo
or Commander in Kief


Too much is going on in that photoshop.
 
2014-01-17 11:37:21 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Dahnkster: Yes We Cannabis
[rashmanly.files.wordpress.com image 450x597]

That's one bad arse picture.


And do we drug test our congresspersons?


Yes.  If they test negative, they should be not be allowed back in the chambers until they do a bong hit.

//trying to figure out who in Congress has consumed the most weed.
//Aqua Buddha, maybe?
 
2014-01-17 11:39:59 AM  

Dahnkster: Muta: Barak Obonga?
[www.marijuana.com image 750x403]
I would have also accepted

Bongtoko
Tokebongo
or Commander in Kief


Commander in Spleef
 
2014-01-17 11:43:59 AM  
Wouldn't just moving it down the schedule so it's not classified as the worst thing ever help?
 
2014-01-17 11:54:37 AM  

Arkanaut: //trying to figure out who in Congress has consumed the most weed.


Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr
 
2014-01-17 12:24:15 PM  

meat0918: Wouldn't just moving it down the schedule so it's not classified as the worst thing ever help?


I would hope that once at least half the states legalize medicinal use, the fed might actually have to revise its position that marijuana has absolutely no medical benefits.
 
2014-01-17 12:42:44 PM  

GanjSmokr: meat0918: Wouldn't just moving it down the schedule so it's not classified as the worst thing ever help?

I would hope that once at least half the states legalize medicinal use, the fed might actually have to revise its position that marijuana has absolutely no medical benefits.


I would also hope that clinics in states where MJ is being used as a medicine are preparing published studies showing benefits/risks.  I think this would go a long way to reclassification, but I think the #1 motivating force in decriminalization is either saving money (as this article states), or paving a way to make massive profits (as Colorado is about to reap).
 
2014-01-17 12:44:43 PM  
Commander of Chiefing
 
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