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What a Joke

Date: 15 May, 2002

By: Chief

Imagehe only problem is — the joke is on us.

I'm writing about a bill in Congress, HR 2592, " 'States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act'," a bill to provide for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various states. This bill is sponsored by Congressman Barney Frank, Democrat, from Massachusetts and the primary cosponsor is Congressman Ron Paul, Republican, from Texas.

Does this bill allow the ordinary citizen to grow, transport, possess, market, sell and use marijuana? No. Does this bill remove marijuana and THC from the federal controlled substance statute? No. Does this bill remove authority from the DEA over cannabis, hemp, marijuana and THC? No. Does this bill remove authority from the U.S. Attorney General to place marijuana back as a schedule "I" drug? Maybe and maybe not. On that particular point, the bill is somewhat vague. What a winner.

Then just exactly what does this bill do? Not very much. It reclassifies marijuana from a schedule "I" drug to a schedule "II" drug. It allows doctors to prescribe or recommend marijuana to patients and patients only. Lastly it allows for the production, importation and storage of marijuana "for the purpose of producing marijuana for prescription or recommendation by a physician for medical use from producing and distributing marijuana for such purpose." As I wrote for the title of this paper, what a joke.

This bill is, at best, a sham. I have no idea who specifically asked Congressman Frank or Congressman Paul to sponsor this sham, but whoever came up with this abortion ought to be taken out and shot.

This joke does not do anything, as in nothing, for those who are incarcerated. This joke does nothing for those who lost their property — because, purportedly, something could be traced to a drug deal. This joke does not restore rights and privileges to those who have suffered pains and penalties under our current and most misguided law. Lastly, this bill does not remove marijuana and THC from the controlled substance schedule.

An act of Congress is all it takes to fix the problem, to right the numerous wrongs committed by government against those who, for whatever reason, choose to partake in the weed of life. An act of Congress is not all that difficult an achievement. It happens all the time, normally at the expense of our liberty. Consider that the prohibition of marijuana became law in one fell swoop. Why should the law not be repealed in the same manner? The fact is it can be repealed in exactly the same manner as it was enacted. For that matter to draft a bill just to reclassify marijuana is this easy:

Cannabis Restoration Act

A bill to change the current lawful and/or legal status of cannabis, marijuana (marihuana), hemp, tetrahydrocannabinol and all derivatives and/or substances and/or forms thereof. It is noted that the words cannabis, marijuana, marihuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and hemp are used interchangeably.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled:

I. Declassification of marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinol and classification authority

(A) Title 21, United States Code, Section 812, Sub-section (c) is amended as follows:

(10) Deleted.
(17) Deleted.

(B) Title 21, United States Code, Section 811, Sub-section (a)(1) is amended as follows:

(1) Shall not have the authority to include cannabis, in any of its various forms, in or append cannabis, in any of its various forms, to any schedule.

Gee, that wasn't very hard now was it? And I'm not a lawyer. The hard part of any legislation is getting it passed — in its original form. No amendments, no riders. Plus getting the votes needed for passage and figuring out how to get the chief executive to sign it into law. However, if we win, we win it all. The flip side is if I am going to fail, I would rather fail completely than have a politically correct, yet morally wrong, piece of trash get signed into law.

Marijuana has been proscribed since the 1930's. It became a schedule "I" drug in the 1970s and nobody has been able to get that changed. Period. So now some person or organization got two congressmen to introduce a politically correct, watered down joke. And what is happening with this poor joke? It is languishing in committee — since July of 2001. A real barn burner can't you tell.

The absolute worst part of HR 2592 is that the United States Attorney General, via petition, can possibly reclassify marijuana back to a schedule "I" drug. It appears HR 2592 has no provision for limiting the Attorney General's authority in that regard. Hence, should HR 2592 become law tomorrow (not a very likely prospect though) the AG could conceivably reclassify marijuana back to schedule "I" status the day after. How politically correct. Secondly, THC is not reclassified. Yes, I understand THC is a part of marijuana. However, under the controlled substance schedule, marijuana is one line number and, believe it or not, THC is another. So, under HR 2592, should it pass (snicker), a medical user could use marijuana legally and be arrested for possession and use and transportation of THC. What a bargain. I'll say it again, what a joke.

What about hemp? The bill makes no mention of hemp. Hence, one could reasonably assume that hemp, under DEA regulation, would remain in dire straits and possibly illegal.

In essence HR 2592 is another feel good piece of garbage. Hopefully, it shall never see the light of day, at least as law. Furthermore, those who created it should hang their heads in outright shame.

Oh, if you care to read the entire text of my idea, you can do so by clicking here. It is in .pdf format. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader program which is free from Adobe. If you like what you read, take it and pass it to your congressman and senator. See if you can get the ball rolling.

I'm going to give it a go.

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