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Democrats Scuttle Marijuana Decriminalization Vote Over Fears of Not Being Deferential Enough to Cop Lobbyists

If Congress is too afraid to vote on marijuana reform, how the hell are they ever going to pass policing reform?

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A planned House vote on a bill to decriminalize the possession of marijuana was canceled on Thursday under pressure from law enforcement lobbyists and other pro-prohibition special interests.

The expected floor vote on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act would have been the biggest accomplishment yet for cannabis reformers, but the effort has been postponed until after Election Day, Politico reports. Democrats have gotten weak-kneed about a bill that they once saw as a major criminal justice reform.

Indeed, it would have been. The MORE Act, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D–N.Y.), would remove cannabis from the schedules of the Controlled Substances Act and make that change retroactive, effectively expunging any federal marijuana offenses and convictions. The bill also orders federal courts to lift all sentences for people currently locked up due to a marijuana conviction.

As Reason's Jacob Sullum explained when the bill was introduced last year, the MORE Act was in many ways superior to other marijuana legislation, because it "completely deschedules marijuana rather than moving it to a lower schedule or making exceptions to the ban for state-legal conduct, and it seeks to lift the burdens that prohibition has imposed on people caught growing, distributing, or possessing cannabis, a vital project that too often has been treated as an afterthought."

This year, the bill had collected more than 100 co-sponsorships in the House—it even had support from three Republicans—and appeared on track to pass the lower chamber. Even though the bill was expected to die in the Senate, that House vote would have been historic.

Unfortunately, cop lobbyists seem to have convinced House Democratic leaders that it would also be a liability. A coalition of law enforcement special interests and other proponents of the drug war sent a letter to congressional leaders last week warning about the potential dangers associated with legalizing and "commercializing" marijuana.

That, combined with vague fears about how Republicans might weaponize the legalization vote for negative ads in swing districts, was apparently enough to convince Democrats to scuttle the vote.

That isn't just disappointing: It's pretty pathetic. Democrats were right to position the MORE Act as a vehicle for racial justice and a key step toward addressing the problems of America's criminal justice system. The war on drugs is deliberately racist, and it always has been. Decriminalizing marijuana would a pretty good first step towards righting those wrongs.

But even after everything that happened this summer to put criminal justice in the foreground of the national conversation, and even with polls showing that most Americans (and a larger share of Democrats) support the legalization of marijuana, Democratic leaders were still too spooked to take an important and historic vote. That's just sad.

If police interests find it this easy to shut down marijuana reform—which doesn't even really affect the way cops do their jobs, aside from removing one of the excuses they might use to stop, search, and seize an innocent person's stuff—how can House Democrats talk about passing policing reforms with a straight face?

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137 responses to “Democrats Scuttle Marijuana Decriminalization Vote Over Fears of Not Being Deferential Enough to Cop Lobbyists

  1. If police interests find it this easy to shut down marijuana reform—which doesn’t even really affect the way cops do their jobs, aside from removing one of the excuses they might use to stop, search, and seize an innocent person’s stuff—how can House Democrats talk about passing policing reforms with a straight face?

    Oh, that’s easy, Eric. They lie.

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    2. True, then when someone just as randomly shoots back at the cops, those same politicians who ordered the deadly force agression over plant leaves suddenly become The Forgetful Men. They are just as shocked and surprised as the NSDAP politicians who found dead Gestapo agents ambushed while enforcing “the” law in occupied Holland.

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    5. Democrats don’t hate cops any more than Republicans do. There are plenty of cop boot lickers on both sides of the isle. All the crap about defunding the police is bullshit.

      1. And these pathetic idiot suckers in cities like Portland, Minneapolis, etc. are just green and absolutely stupid enough to buy it hook, line, and sinker! Watch what these lyin’ scumbags DO! Ignore WHAT THEY SAY.

  2. This makes a perfect setup for Trump to legalize marijuana by executive order in a month.

    1. Yep. A big speech about how schedule I is for no medicinal purpose, and we know now that’s wrong. Therefore we’re going to leave it up to the states, because that’s how we do things in America. Simply frame it as removing the FEDERAL guidelines, and it plays well with conservatives too.

      1. we know now that’s wrong.

        Or, more to your point, not consistent with state-level medical marijuana laws, medicinal purpose or not.

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      2. He can also get away with it because what are the police unions going to do, switch over to endorsing “Defund em” Biden?

    2. Great minds, Moonrocks. That was exactly what I thought, skimming the headline and first paragraphs of the article.

      President Donald Trump, it’s wide open for you.

    3. Why not now? Then who will the police unions endorse?

    4. Yeah, it would be like Nixon going to China. President Choom did absolutely fuck-all about making the DEA quit harassing medical users, because at the end of the day, the last thing any Democrat wants to do is reduce the power of the government.

      -jcr

  3. The mask slips. Democrats don’t care about freedom or black lives. They’re just central authority pricks, same as the GOP.

    1. You’re just now realizing that democrats are authoritarians?

      1. Anyone who seeks office is almost certainly authoritarian. What’s remarkable is Democrats had nothing to lose since the bill was doomed anyway.

        1. Anyone who seeks office is almost certainly authoritarian.

          I agree. We should abolish politician as a profession altogether, and populate the legislature by random selection, just like Jury duty.

          -jcr

          1. I don’t want Karen in accounting in charge of anything.

            1. Too late.

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  4. (D) will never move to legal weed or illegal acts of police. (R) either.

    1. I don’t know.
      The Democrats will do it if there’s power to be obtained in doing it.
      The Republicans will do it if there’s money in it.

      1. (R) either”

        Enjoy this video of Cocaine Mitch diversifying his portfolio:
        https://youtu.be/-FsDy9lKxlY?t=105

        If Mitch McConnell will frolic in a field of weed for a campaign video, what’s to stop the rest of the GOP?

        1. I’m of the “there’s still more money and power in it being illegal than otherwise” belief

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          1. I’d agree, except the Drug War isn’t going to go away, just because the Feds won’t care about marijuana anymore. Still enough to keep Congressional Republicans from getting behind decriminalization, but it’s not in their hands after this, is it? It’s in Trump’s.

        2. Is that a field of WEED or a field of HEMP?

          I’d bet on hemp, which I believe has been somewhat / mostly legalized, and was a big crop in his state.

          1. Didn’t you see him fondling those bug green nugs?

            1. I don’t know the visible differences between weed and hemp.

              1. One you can smoke, the other you can pull a broke down Ford with.

                1. If you stare at the sun long enough, you can see visible changes too.

              2. There isn’t any. The difference is the THC content.

                1. Yeah, legally speaking it’s hemp if it contains less than 0.3% THC. All the CBD stuff comes from “hemp” even though the plants are bred for their resinous flowers.

                2. Is that true even when weed starts budding out and gets purple and hairy?

                  IOW, is there any way to tell which is in the video? It’s funny to think of Mitch sniffing THC buds, but my money says it is hemp.

  5. It’s a vehicle for justice, not racial justice.

    1. “It’s a vehicle for justice, not racial justice.”

      I agree, but I remember that many people think they’re not advancing in their career because they’re being discriminated against, when yeah, they’re being discriminated against due to their inferior work product, and not their sex, race or religion. So some minorities see it as racial justice, and I’m also OK with that. It’s more just nonetheless.

  6. I bet the move to delay the vote was done as a nod to the few more reluctant among the Democrats with the understanding that they would vote for the historic reform after the election.

    1. Nobody cares what you think shitbag.

      1. Go fuck your mother.

        1. And stop fucking yours? No thanks.

    2. Haha. Just “biden” their time, eh?

      Scumbags.

  7. “pressure from law enforcement lobbyists”

    I thought their interest was in enforcing the law?

    No law = no enforcement problems. So why don’t they sit this one out?

    After all, the cops love saying “if you don’t like it, change the law,” but they’re also saying “don’t change the law.”

    1. law required so odor can help them fake reasonable suspicion

      1. Courts in New York have long ruled if a car smells like marijuana smoke, the police can search it — and, according to some judges, even the occupants — without a warrant.
        But in late July, a judge in the Bronx said in a scathing opinion that officers claim to smell marijuana so often that it strains credulity, and she called on judges across the state to stop letting police officers get away with lying about it.
        “The time has come to reject the canard of marijuana emanating from nearly every vehicle subject to a traffic stop,” Judge April Newbauer wrote in a decision in a case involving a gun the police discovered in car they had searched after claiming to have smelled marijuana.
        She added, “So ubiquitous has police testimony about odors from cars become that it should be subject to a heightened level of scrutiny if it is to supply the grounds for a search.”
        In recent years, at least five other judges have concluded in individual cases that officers likely lied about smelling marijuana to justify searches that turned up an unlicensed firearm, according to court documents. These judges came to doubt the police testimony for a range of reasons, such as discrepancies within an officer’s account or among officers, according to a review of the five decisions.
        These judges have generally questioned only the credibility of individual officers in individual cases. Judge Newbauer’s claim was much broader: that there is widespread lying.
        The case that led Judge Newbauer — who was a Legal Aid Society lawyer before ascending to the bench — to make this claim involved a car stop in the Bronx on March 24, 2017. A plainclothes officer, Daniel Nunez, testified that “he noticed a strong odor of burning marijuana” while approaching the vehicle, according to the decision. Officer Nunez testified that he observed three small bags of marijuana perched atop the center console — which the police photographed, according to the decision.
        While searching the trunk, Officer Nunez discovered a gun.
        Judge Newbauer concluded that Officer Nunez’s account was riddled with falsehoods. She decided the photograph of the bags of marijuana neatly arranged was likely staged. She noted that one of the two defendants, Jesse Hill, had testified that the marijuana had been discovered when officers searched the pockets of the other man who had been in the car with him.
        Gaynor Cunningham, a Legal Aid lawyer who represented Mr. Hill’s co-defendant, said the ruling “recognizes an all-too-common practice of dishonesty that police officers employ to circumvent the law to manufacture a ‘legal search.’”
        Barry Kamins, a former New York City judge and an authority on search and seizure law in New York, said Judge Newbauer was “the first judge to really express an opinion about this type of scenario.” He said the opinion brought to mind a court decision from 1970, in which a judge accused New York City police officers of lying in a similar fashion.
        That case dealt with “dropsy” testimony, in which officers testified they had seen the defendant throw down a small bag of drugs in an attempt to ditch the evidence as the police approached.
        Such testimony spiked after a landmark Supreme Court decision required courts to suppress evidence gained from an illegal search. Officers no doubt did catch people trying to discard evidence. But there was widespread suspicion that officers sometimes made up “dropsy” testimony rather than admit they had searched someone unlawfully.
        https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/nyregion/police-searches-smelling-marijuana.html

    2. Faith-based asset forfeiture begun by Biden and Reagan’s Congress in 1986, and ramped up and weaponized by the Bush Dynasty (which also demanded the death sentence for robbery victims not murdered during the legalized looting) fuels the greed of police who gorge on prohibitionist sumptuary laws. If these aren’t bills of attainder or letters of marque, I wonder what are.

    3. Probably had more to do with releasing criminals who were last convicted of a marijuana-related offense. Most of them are probably upstanding citizens, but many are going to be more work for law enforcement.

  8. Because this is important, here’s the list of signatories to the letter:

    Smart Approaches to Marijuana
    Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
    National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys
    National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition
    NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
    National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA)
    Family Policy Alliance
    Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee
    Family Research Council
    Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
    National Drug Free Workplace Alliance
    National Families in Action
    Caron Treatment Centers
    Drug Free Schools Coalition
    Coalition of Public Safety Officer Support Services
    Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
    International Faith Based Coalition
    Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.
    Rosenthal Center for Addiction Studies
    Drug Free America Foundations, Inc.
    Save Our Society from Drugs
    Resilient Futures Network, LLC
    California Narcotic Officers Association
    Florida Coalition Alliance
    Greater New Orleans Drug Demand Reduction Coalition
    Cannabis Industry Victims Educating Litigators
    Marijuana Victims Alliance
    Moms Strong
    Parents Opposed to Pot
    Every Brain Matters

    Some are… interesting…

    I’m not convinced all are ‘cop lobbyists’. For instance, Congress for Racial Equality doesn’t read like a cop lobbying group:

    Founded in 1942 by an interracial group of students in Chicago, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) pioneered the use of nonviolent direct action in America’s civil rights struggle. Along with its parent organization, the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), CORE members provided advice and support to Martin Luther King during the Montgomery bus boycott. King worked with CORE throughout the late 1950s and into the mid-1960s, when CORE abandoned its dedication to nonviolence and adopted black separatist policies.

    Early CORE activists James Farmer, Bayard Rustin, Homer Jack, and George Houser had all been affiliated with FOR, an international peace and justice organization. Influenced by Gandhi, in the 1940s CORE used sit-ins and other nonviolent direct actions to integrate Chicago restaurants and businesses. In 1947 CORE organized the Journey of Reconciliation, a multi-state integrated bus ride through the upper South in order to test the previous year’s Supreme Court ruling against segregation in interstate travel. This precursor to the 1961 Freedom Rides was met with minimal violence, although several of the riders were arrested, and two were sentenced to work on a chain gang in North Carolina.

    1. “Every Brain Matters”

      Fresh brains…good as new, never been used!

    2. All of them want men to point loaded service pistols at people over plant leaves. When this was done over beer, thousands of people were shot in the back, and the coercive pressure groups thrilled at the use of deadly force to set an example and show that “the” law meant business. The current laws against leaves–that weren’t even illegal when Herbert Hoover was wrecking the economy to enforce felony beer laws–have produced the exact same murders by First Responders™ shooting and robbing people. It’s good to know the aliases they use.

    3. Yes, of all you listed, CORE really surprised me. Especially given the “racial disparity” in drug law enforcement and incarceration. I guess they’ve just grown relatively quite “conservative” over the years.

    4. Thank you!

      The commonality? They all appear to get government money for investigating, capturing, indicting, imprisoning, rehabilitating, lobbying, and educating people about illegal drugs. Legal pot would put many of these people out of work. Think of the money taxpayers contribute to the war on pot.

      Some of the names are misleading, e.g., the Marijuana Victims Alliance supports “victims harmed by the marijuana industry and the normalization and promotion of the marijuana culture.”

      It’s all about the money, especially the Democrat politicians who get kickbacks from these groups, showing who they really support, rather than the common man.

      1. It’s like “homeless advocates” who don’t want homelessness ended because it will mean their government-funded jobs will end.

      2. Look how many of these over-paid and totally useless “drug czars” would lose their jobs if this bill was ever signed into law! The bureaucrats are NOT going to give up their bread and butter or any portion of it without the dangedest fight you ever saw!

  9. I’ve been predicting this all along. The push to deschedule is a recipe for stalemate. The solution is to reschedule from class I -> IV. When I say this I am met with vitriolic fury: people demand decriminalization or nothing. Why? Because they are police state shills and they know it will result in continued paralysis.

    1. I think we should scrap the entire CSA along with the failed Drug War, but yes, letting the perfect be the enemy of the good isn’t a great long-term strategy.

      Expanding on your idea, wouldn’t Schedule V be better? I know that for many years, certain Schedule V drugs (e.g., cough syrups with a minimal amount of codeine) could be purchased OTC from the pharmacy without a Rx. All you had to do was sign for them and your purchases were limited to a certain number every six months or so, IIRC.

      Schedule IV drugs require a Rx and contains drugs like the vast majority of the Benzodiazepines. They can be extremely addictive and cause lethal withdrawal syndrome that is essentially Delirium Tremens. Cannabis clearly doesn’t belong in that schedule. Only problem is, either schedule would still give the state and its enforcers ample leeway to molest and imprison the citizenry.

      I’m definitely NOT a ‘police state shill,’ nor do I smoke Cannabis. Even so ultimately full legalization is the only solution truly compatible with the Constitution, liberty and individual responsibility. In fact, non-criminalization of drugs IS the status quo when you consider most ‘drugs of concern’ were legal for far longer than they’ve been illegal. The only way the government will relinquish such huge power is when the costs become more than the taxpayers are willing to bear.

      1. Nah, it’s like with everything else when the costs become more than the taxpayers are willing to bear they just borrow the money instead.

  10. The deep state got this cancelled.

  11. Prohibition and policing are state-level tyrannies, not federal. GTFO of it fed gov.

      1. Why don’t you just tell us?

  12. Corporations!

    “This legislation is being touted as a social justice bill aimed at decriminalizing marijuana and expunging the record of low-level offenders. In fact, this bill as currently drafted would not just decriminalize marijuana, but fully legalize and commercialize the drug. This would allow major corporations like Altria (formerly Philip Morris, makers of Marlboro Cigarettes), vaping giants Juul and PAX, and Imperial Brands (makers of Kool Cigarettes) to deepen their existing investments into the marijuana industry and expand those investments to capture the United States market.”

    1. Yes, the availability of an extensive variety of high quality marijuana sold at rock bottom prices would be a tragedy of mythic proportions.

      1. Nothing worse than standardized packaging, good quality control, and low prices.

  13. Let’s be honest: There is no conservative movement or party today. There is a Republican Party thoroughly infused with racism and intellectually corrupted by right-wing nationalism. But there is no party that believes in less or small government (though expect the GOP to hypocritically resume singing that tune as soon as a Democrat steps into the Oval Office).

    If you say you are a staunch defender of the rule of law, that you are devoted to ending systematic racism, that you are an advocate of legal immigration, that you believe in objective reality (including climate change science) and that you think illiberal regimes such as Russia are our greatest foreign threat, the party of Trump will lash out at you. They will accuse you of Trump derangement syndrome and dub you a “fake” conservative. Well, they have a point. Because conservatives no longer seem to champion any of those positions (or free trade or American international leadership or NATO), it is hard to say I fit in any longer.

    Jennifer Rubin on why the Trump Cult is not for her.

    Such truth is rare these days.

    1. Well said Mr. Buttplug.

      I’m glad you’ve come around to my position of embracing Iraq War supporters — as long as they oppose Drumpf.

      #OpposingOpenBordersIsWorseThanSupportingPreEmptiveWar

      1. lol

      2. OBL you are on a roll. Again, well done.

    2. house conservatives are fun

    3. Fuck off, turd; get banned again.

    4. So misanthropic global warmunism is truth? Unvarnished temperature records from the same thermometers in use for over 100 years show no hint of increasing temperatures. Tony over at realclimatescience hands out software for downloading and graphing these records–plus images of government agency fraud producing fake temperature graphs that don’t even match each other!

      1. “misanthropic global warmunism”

        We got a real Dennis Miller over here.

      2. Fuck that, how about arguing over whether warming the globe would be a good thing if it happens?

    5. Where’s Ms. Rubin writing that stuff? I agree with her on some points, but I’d like to argue with her about others, and even with sub-points that she smuggled in to the ones I agree with.

  14. You’d think Democrats, if they really cared about freedom, could take one issue in one place that has popular support, and roll the state back.

    But they can’t do it. They side with the state. Every. Single. Time.

    1. He’s not wrong. Why anyone thinks the Federal govt should do ANYTHING beyond it’s core objectives is baffling. It’s especially troubling when people who claim to value liberty suggest the Feds should over-reach.

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  16. So the Democratic party wants to keep cops shooting kids over plant leaves for the faith-based asset-forfeiture sharing to be looted from their belongings. This makes me doubly glad to have sent a donation to the Dallas County LP, and absolutely thrilled to cast my usual vote for the LP ticket.
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  19. How would the Republican Senate have voted on this bill, do you think?

    Democrats, definitely the people making it hard to legislate against cop interests right now.

    1. The house has sent multiple dead on arrival bills to the senate: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/07/03/this-is-why-house-democrats-send-so-many-dead-on-arrival-bills-senate/?outputType=amp

      “It’s going to die in the senate” is obviously not an excuse. Do you have another?

      1. Just don’t want people to get the wrong impression that the primary reason for no progress on this issue is Democrats.

        I realize we are operating under the principle that Republicans have no agency or responsibility for anything.

        1. Contrary to what drug addled, unemployed woke people may believe, to most people, marijuana legalization and qualified immunity simply are irrelevant, which is why we’re content to let the laws stay what they are.

          What matters to us is high taxes and our economy; if you want to trade legalization or police reforms for lowering taxes and spending, we can make a deal.

          1. You like the drive by shootings Prohibition brings? And the political corruption? Really?

            Addiction is a symptom of PTSD. Says Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine Eric Kandel. Dr. Lonny Shavelson found that 70% of female heroin addicts were sexually abused in childhood.Will Prohibition cure PTSD? Or prevent the sexual abuse of children?

        2. “We” clearly have not read “Prohibition and The Crash.” Republican looters wreck the economy; communist-infested Democrat looters rot the economy more gradually. Both operate via initiation of deadly force.

      2. If I want the Republicans explained to me, I’ll ask John.

        The saddest part here is that cops were facing a severe popularity dive only a few months ago. One would think, of dead-end bills to pass, an end to racist marijuana laws is the least they could do, if not outright reform.

        Gee: I wonder what changed their minds and made them signal pro-cop?

        BLM shows up. Do they protest laws that have disproportionate effects on black people? No, they spaz out against capitalism, with rioting, looting, cop killing, and shouting about killing whitey.

        Thanks for the help, BLM. You ruined the moment. Both parties are firmly in the pro-cop lobby side now. Maybe we’ll get another shot at reform in a few decades. In the meantime, enjoy embarrassing yourselves. And enjoy making excuses for them and their “lazer-like focus” on how Black Lives Matter.

        1. I swear, it’s like they haven’t learned anything from half a century of activism. The least they could do is not ruin things for everyone else.

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            When “systemic racism” comes up no talking head mentions Drug Prohibition. Odd.

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  21. How about the federal government stay out of passing anything for police reform? How about the states, you know, the entities charged with local law enforcement authority, be the ones to implement police reform? I am tired of reductive political articles all getting angry because the federal government isn’t “doing something about it.”

    1. Well, the 14th amendment does give the feds some obligation and power to protect the privileges and immunities of citizens against the states.

      1. Invoking the 14th to tread into local law enforcement decisions starts cross a significant line. Not sure outside of horrendous LEO action on the part of a state or states does the 14th allow the feds such power. And for as bad as police conduct is, saying that there is a systemic action on the part of local law enforcement to deprive citizens of constitutional rights, thus demanding federal action is a bit thin.

    2. I’m OK with outlawing No Knock Raids. Rand Paul agrees. Such an attitude may not be very Libertarian. It is better than court imposed rule. IMO

  22. So, once again, Democrats are bogarting the pot.

    1. They did not inhale!

  23. As a resident of Colorado, I’d like to hear more about the dangers they see in commercializing marijuana sales.

    It doesn’t seem to be a dystopian hellhole here, but maybe I shouldn’t believe my lying eyes.

  24. Most of the people who worry a great deal about marijuana legalization and qualified immunity cheer when the state takes 50% of my earnings in taxes.

    I’ll start caring about the issues that matter to you when you start caring about the issues that matter to me.

  25. These fucking idiots put all sorts of cannabis shit into the damn Covid bill then wonder why it won’t pass? Really? Just make cannabis legal already the sky won’t fall morons, do it all on its own like you should be doing everything. This bullshit where you slip unrelated shit into bills needs to end. Item by item do your fucking jobs. If they were forced to up down vote on each item everytime we’d end this bullshit and get a perfectly clear picture of votes for or against. No more of this bullshit giving the other side cover because you both caved. No more saying well yes I had to vote for this dreadful fucking shit in order to get my dreadful fucking shit.

  26. Don’t worry, Republicans will save us from the evil pro-cop Dems

  27. Medical pot gets very high approvals. From 60 % to 90% depending on polling. Why not start with what is easy? And morally difficult to oppose. “Why do you oppose helping sick people?”

  28. “The war on drugs is deliberately racist, and it always has been.”
    So I guess when the Italian Mafia was running the illegal drug industry enforcement was “racist”?

    1. You might want to read up on the history of the Harrison Narcotics Act. Also Harry Anslinger.

  29. The Democrats had the opportunity to Decriminalize Marijuana before the election and they didn’t???
    Then the evidence could not be clearer – The DNC absolutely does not want to win this election. Even Obama who endorsed Biden speaks against Biden and now Bernie Sanders also regrets his endorsement. Consider VP Running mate Harris when she was in the DNC presidential primary was unable to raise sufficient funds and could not secure the black vote! This is all a pretense, a fake election run, whose only purpose is to avoid looking like they gave the election to Trump.
    Nominating two unelectable contenders, Deliberately and injuriously harming all the voters in all the Democrat Blue States and Blue City’s over COVID in an election year? – that is how you deliberately lose …not how you win. Even Pelosi saying she won’t give America any more COVID financial Aid because it will make Trump look good for the election ??? notwithstanding it makes the Dems look worse.… They are doing this because Obama so wrecked the future economic prospects for America and the world – the Dems expect the system to collapse in 2021 and they do not want to be in the drivers seat of the nation they have sent crashing. They want to lose, and later come back later pretending to be saviors to a devastated nation.
    The only problem is Trumps ability to out maneuver them and undo their best efforts to undermine America and the world.

    1. I have been saying that for weeks. Democrats are throwing the election.

  30. The article ends with the following: “If police interests find it this easy to shut down marijuana reform—which doesn’t even really affect the way cops do their jobs, aside from removing one of the excuses they might use to stop, search, and seize an innocent person’s stuff—how can House Democrats talk about passing policing reforms with a straight face?”

    In answer to the above question, damned if I know. Possibly you could tell me. Speaking for myself, marijuana never interested me. I preferred good whisky, and still do, originally Bourbon, nowadays Scotch.

  31. If the Democratic party had any balls they wouldn’t be running a Biden/Harris ticket. And this smells like the work of KKKevin SSabet, the whole premise is straight out of the SAM playbook.

  32. “The whole good cop/bad cop question can be disposed of much more decisively. We need not enumerate what proportion of cops appears to be good or listen to someone’s anecdote about his Uncle Charlie, an allegedly good cop. We need only consider the following: (1) a cop’s job is to enforce the laws, all of them; (2) many of the laws are manifestly unjust, and some are even cruel and wicked; (3) therefore every cop has agreed to act as an enforcer for laws that are manifestly unjust or even cruel and wicked. There are no good cops.” ~Robert Higgs
    “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.” ― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn , The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

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    The Democrats really are fools!

    Lobbyist lobby for an “interest” and if it happens to be in somebody else’s interest, so much the better.

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  40. The War on Drugs may have been incentivized by racial motivations long ago, but that’s simply not the case any longer. I’m tired of hearing this drumbeat that the War on Drugs is a racist policy. No, it’s a ludicrous policy that is color blind.

    1. It is still racially enforced because Blacks generally don’t have access to the means to resist. Lawyers, a Congressman’s ear, access to bail etc. White people can resist – so why go after them?

  41. It is assholes like these lobbyists that make people hate cops.

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