Could an End to Federal Marijuana Prohibition Come In The Next 5 Years?

Several United States Congressmen recently introduced bills that would dismantle the federal prohibition of marijuana and let states decide their on course on the issue.

A co-sponsor and driving force behind one of those bills is Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon. He says the momentum is with his side.

Earl Blumenauer

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

“Maybe next year, maybe next Congress, but this is going to change. And the federal government will get out of the way,” he said. “I’m very patient. I’ve been working on this one way or another for 40 years, and I think the likelihood of something happening in the next four or five years is greater than ever.”

What an incredible turn of events. Five years ago marijuana legalization seems like it could still be decades away – and it still could be on a federal level – but things have leaped forward, especially after election night in November. What Congressman Blumenauer says is within the realm of possibility, an amazing thing in itself.

“Legalizing it is going to cost lives, money, addiction, dependency,” says former DEA Administrator Peter Bensinger, who now runs a company that is heavily into employment drug testing. Now why would a guy who stands to make money from the continued prohibition of marijuana lie about marijuana?

Fortunately the same old propaganda about cannabis is believed by less people every year.

“It will take more states moving in the direction Washington and Colorado have before there’s a sufficient pressure on (Congress) to change the law,” said Jared Polis (D-CO), the driving force and co-sponsor of another bill in Congress, one that would remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Federal Controlled Substances Act. “It’s harder to get the attention of members of Congress from states where the legal status has not been changed because it’s simply not a relevant issue for their constituents.”

The key to momentum is to keep it going. If legalization happens on a federal level in the next 5 years it will be because activists worked harder in those 5 years than in any other 5-year period.

And we have the advantage of knowing that we are going to be victorious. We have truth on our side while our opponents trot out the same dis-proven theories and outright lies.

There are currently 18 states and the District of Columbia that have medical marijuana legal protections for at least some patients and 2 states that have legalized recreational use and sale for adults. These numbers will rise over the next 5 years, which will put more pressure on elected officials in the federal government to follow the wishes of their constituents on the state level.

Maybe this will be enough to break the federal threat that looms over every cannabis user in this country.

– Joe Klare

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  • steve

    well it is about time the lies stop everywhere but big money and easy jobs the feds have against MMJ gravy job so they want to keep it on the hush so they make money but everyone can stop being greedy,dam people r figureing it out it is not bad at all and helps people,Peter Bensinger does not know what he is talking about,legalization will make things better and he knows that our economy is in shambles and he wants to lie sayin it will take lives wtf,never has it heals don’t u know that,u and others who dare to keep this medicine from people that need it for ur greed u will pay oneday,,,so will others,look how much better it is with alcohol,,taxes,,deaths,accidents u name it, marijuana is here to stay either way,,,with or without u,one thing how can legalization cost lives,the war is over get it dea over,,,,u will never stop it ur wasting money u have to borrow from China to fight the so called war,my god,irs a new day in America were r stopping shoot um up cowboys,,,,over,

  • Dan Richeson

    PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY. If you agree, please print out copies, date and sign them and send them to ALL YOUR elected represenatives AND to the United Nations. If you are REALLY passonate about this please help promote this. Thank-You, Dan Richeson

    Mission Statement:

    To bring an end to cannabis prohibition in 2013 by gathering siginatory members through promotion and declaring our rights through the document, “Declaration of Rights of Cannabis Users”.
    Giving prohibitionists reasonable opportunity to affect appropiate, timely and agreed upon change and, if nessary enforcing our rights in a peaceful way.
    After April 20 2013 adopting a zero tolorance for acts of brutality and injustice by prohibitionists.

    The laws regarding cannabis were born on the wings of lies and pampered by propaganda such that now the tightly held belief systems are going to have to reckon with the desire of all humanity to live with dignity, free from the oppressive tyranny that ignorance and biggotry have spawned!

    – – – – – – – – – –

    DECLARATION OF RIGHTS OF CANNABIS USERS

    Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

    Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people.

    Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.

    Whereas for too long now it has been observed that disregard and contempt for human rights has been allowed to exist in the body of politically motivated law that outlaws the possession, cultivation and use of cannabis by adults.

    The signatories of this Declaration wish to live in peace in this society, have been engaged in constant communication with their elected representatives individually or as part of groups.

    The actions of the government in this regards demonstrates continued contempt and disregard that we the undersigned feel that we have NO RECOURSE but to regard our government and some of our fellow citizens as hostile towards our declared rights and indifferent to the tyranny, oppression and terrorism that we have too long had to deal with.

    Whereas by this declaration we provide the opportunity and impudence for representatives to engage in good faith negotiations which will lead to peaceful co-exisistance.

    Whereas we the undersigned do hereby declare that IT IS OUR RIGHT to cultivate, possess and use cannabis AND that any law that says otherwise will be treated by us as the tool of tyranny.

    Whereas we the undersigned in declaring our desire to realize our liberties and our desire to live in peace also recognize that the point is near where our rights and liberties will have to be defended.

    Whereas we the undersigned are willing to do all we can to avoid conflict we hope that this WARNING also provides our fellow citizens and our representatives the impudence to also seek peace and understanding within our society.

    SIGNED:

    TO: ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES

  • https://plus.google.com/111626591184353506175?rel=author David Matson

    Thanks, Dan.
    Link below is here, also:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/all-elected-representatives-and-the-united-nations-recognize-the-rights-of-cannabis-users
    However, I think it is true that actual mail and phone calls to legislators are worth 100 emails or petitions signed. So printing it out and mailing it is a fine idea.