Two Congressmen Will Introduce Legislation Tomorrow to Radically Overhaul Federal Marijuana Laws

Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Or.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) will introduce legislation tomorrow to radically overhaul federal marijuana laws. Based on a bill previously introduced by former Reps. Ron Paul and Barney Frank, the Blumenauer-Polis legislation would establish a federal tax-and-regulate scheme for marijuana

In states that legalize pot, growers would have to obtain a federal permit. Oversight of marijuana would be removed from the Drug Enforcement Administration and given to the newly renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms, and it would remain illegal to bring marijuana from a state where it's legal to one where it isn't.

Advocates who are working with the lawmakers acknowledge it could take years for any changes to get through Congress, but they're encouraged by recent developments. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last week came out in support of efforts to legalize hemp in his home state of Kentucky, and U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., is expected to introduce legislation allowing states to set their own policy on marijuana.

Polis is part of a growing coalition of marijuana policy reformers in the House. He rose to fame last year after an intense back-and-forth with DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart: 

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  • Ghetto Slovak Goatherder||

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Morons will blame real cannabis and not prohibition for this.

  • ||

    I dont see any solid evidence that the synthetic stuff caused her strokes. Maybe she just had strokes. It happens.

  • Zeb||

    Stories like that are intensely stupid. One person suffers a terrible medical event after using a drug, so the drug causes strokes. Even though every one of the millions of other people who try it didn't have a stroke.

    And people get paid to write this: "Best known by the street names "Spice" or "K2,"". No, those are retail brand names. Shit that is sold at gas stations doesn't need a street name.

  • Capt Ace Rimmer||

    Sorry, I've banned CNN. If it's about Spice, it's probably bs.

  • MSimon||

    Medical Marijuana prohibition is a crime against humanity and a violation of the religious precept – heal the sick.

    Pass it on.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I bet these guys get busted by the DEA. Stoners.

  • Tim||

    " the newly renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms,"

    BATMF?
    Let's find another A and an N and have BATMAN.

  • nicole||

    No, I think we should go with this and call them BATMoFos.

  • Pro Libertate||

    You can't even make a decent anagram out of BATMF. FAT MB? TB FAM? Weak.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Holy BatMILF!

  • Pro Libertate||

    If only they included at least the L, that would work. Maybe Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Lesbians, and Firearms?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Just add Insults and Lasers.

  • ||

    Way better than FBI: Female Body Inspector

  • ||

    IBI: Intergalactic Breast Inspector?

    (scroll down a little)

  • ||

    Intended as a condemnation of homophobia, the episode instead comes off as the story of one woman's brave quest for cock in the face of lesbian tyranny.
  • ||

    The episode's message ends up completely garbled. Intended as a condemnation of homophobia, the episode instead comes off as the story of one woman's brave quest for cock in the face of lesbian tyranny.

    Nice.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Sounds like a description of Lifetime.

  • ||

    Actually, I thought it sounded like your mom.

  • Almanian.||

    heh heh

  • Pro Libertate||

    At least I know who my mom is.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Holy BatMILF!

    Now there's a government agency I could get behind! (Possibly NSFW)

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    They'd find a way to ruin that, too.

  • ||

    Obama would appoint either Nancy Pelosi or Dianne Feinstein as head of BatMILF.

  • Almanian.||

    Just change the "L" to "Loath" and we're all set

  • Rich||

    What *are* you people talking about?

    Each of those regulated substances weapons things deserves its *own* Agency.

    And WTF happened to the Bureau of Explosives?

  • BakedPenguin||

    No one knows, and they've already built over the smoldering crater where their building was.

  • R C Dean||

    Perhaps BAMF-T?

    Seriously, giving this BATF gives me a bad feeling. Why does this need any federal role at all? Why not just remove it from the schedule, leave it to states to enforce, and call it a day?

    Perhaps as part of a bill doing the same with Alcohol and Tobacco. Kind of a theme there, you know?

    I know, I know - SOMALIA! Teh CHILDRENZ!!

  • Pro Libertate||

    BAM-BAM? Bureau of Alcohol Management and the Barring of Arms and Marijuana?

  • ||

    Is their sister agency PEBBLES?

  • Pro Libertate||

    You can't play if you can't expand your acronym.

  • ||

    Let's see you give it a shot, tough guy. I have work to sort-of-barely do.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Politburo of Enabling Banning and Bureaucracy for Law Enforcement Scams.

  • ||

    If you're not going to bring your A game, ProL, you shouldn't even bother.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Better than your noncontribution.

  • ||

    PEBBLES: Presidential Executive for Breaking and Beating Lenders of Exotic Substances?

  • nicole||

    Pebbles and Bam-Bam were lovers, Epi, not siblings. What a sicko.

  • ||

    There's a reason why "incest is best" is such a profound statement, nicole, and not just because it rhymes.

  • nicole||

    I never understood why it wasn't "incest is nicest" myself.

  • ||

    "Vice is Nice, but Incest is Best".

    You can't rhyme the same word Nicole.

  • ||

    So you're a disgusting anagram fetishist like ProL. How does it feel to be similar to an abomination like him? Wait a second...you live in Chicago! You're a deep dish monster, aren't you!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Error-Promoting Idiot in Seattle Insanely Arrogant and Responsible for the Cunningly Hirsute.

  • ||

    Hirsute?!?

    I laser. It's like a turtle shell down there.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I didn't mean you.

  • nicole||

    I'm going to be nice and forget I ever read that. Imply something so insidious again and I'll bombard you with Giordano's porn.

    I do like puns though.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Giordano's? I do not endorse this position.

  • ||

    I went to go link to thin crust pictures for a preemptive counterstrike, and NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Pro Libertate||

    I have observed, and my wife has, too, that many foods items I like go out of business and disappear from the Earth.

  • Cavpitalist||

    Political Equality Bilateral Bureau for Limiting Extremist Speech

  • Cavpitalist||

    Because that's exactly where the fuck I said to reply.

  • db||

    I can't wait to see the mental gymnastics required to keep the part about marijuana on the 4473 intact when it's as legal as alcohol.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    They should just call it the Bureau About Restricting Fun that way they don't have to list everything they regulate in their acronym.

  • CE||

    "We're the B-A-T, M-F-ers!"

  • Brett L||

    Don't forget the "E", After OKC, it was renamed BATFE, Now BATFEM!

  • Enough About Palin||

    BATMF?
    Let's find another A and an N and have BATMAN
    .

    Aunt Mary
    Ashes

    http://casapalmera.com/nicknam.....marijuana/

  • Zeb||

    What happened to explosives? It's hardly a party if there aren't explosives too.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Those sons of bitches are trying to put a schedule 1 drug in the hands of our children.

  • Adam.||

    I never understood what the hell alcohol and tobacco have to do with firearms and why they should be under the same umbrella. I'm not holding out hope for this bill but just keep bringing it.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    It probably started as a one stop organization for busting bootleggers. I don't see why there needs to be things like a DEA and ATF separate from the FBI other than for cronyism.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Why not just one agency that executes the general will of the people?

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Why not?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Indeed! Perhaps a nice, black uniform?

  • ||

    Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!

  • Tim||

    Shrecklich.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yes, yes, German should be the official language. The kind of stuff coming out of Washington sounds much more appropriate in Nazi.

  • Almanian.||

    "Why not just one agency that executes the general will of the people?"

    More like it, amirite?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Well, some people don't share the general will and need to be dealt with in some way. Perhaps rounded up and reeducated. At first.

  • Tim||

    That's where the high speed trains and commuter rail comes in.

  • Pro Libertate||

    And solar energy ovens.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Fuck excise taxes. How about just regulate- no sales to minors.

  • CE||

    How about no taxes and no permits and no fines and no arrests, to help get the American economy back on its feet?

  • Almanian.||

    WHAT ARE YOU, SOME KIND OF WRECKLESS SUPPLY-SIDE SICKO!!!!

    That would DESTROY the economy!

    Taxes and permits and fines fund the government that CREATES work for people! The arrests are an unfortunate - but necessary - side effect from people who don't want to respect their debt to and conract with Society™.

    I hope we don't hear any more of this crazy shit you're peddling...

  • Emmerson Biggins||

    Why don't you go back to Somalia and polish your monocle there!

  • ||

    If it passes, do we have to apologize to Dunphy?

  • Enough About Palin||

    "If it passes, do we have to apologize to Dunphy?"

    A gallon of gas and a lighter count as an apology, right?

  • Matrix||

    Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, and Firearms... should be the name of a convenience store, not a government agency!

  • Zeb||

    Convenience store? That should be a WalMart sized superstore.

  • R C Dean||

    This does make the old joke about BATF being an awesome name for a store even better, though.

  • Matrix||

    see my comment above

  • Oso Politico||

    Fuck regulations, fuck laws, fuck politicians - fuck everybody!

  • Mensan||

    It would be a little bit awesome if they renamed it the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marihuana, Ammunition, and Narcotics.

  • Mensan||

    Damn! I really should have read the thread before commenting.

  • Cavpitalist||

    Good job. Real Mensa candidate over here.

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