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Oregon Senator — Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon — Introduces Legislation To Legalize Marijuana!


By John Boudiette —  National momentum seems to shifting in favor of legalizing recreational use of marijuana in the after-math of recreational marijuana use having been legalized by voter referenda in Colorado and Washington.

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Representative Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, spoke out in favor of ending the federal ban on recreational use of marijuana, noting that 18 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana and many other states are in the process of exploring that option in response to growing public pressure.  About 10 lawmakers, most of them liberal democrats, of course, have written or are writing bills that will serve as legislative  “guideposts” for the future if the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, as would be presumed, ignores their proposals — and, as is likely — the whole issue of marijuana — during the current Congress.  The members, who say it is time to end the 43 year  federal ban on recreational use of marijuana — say they are prepared to keep the pressure on even if it takes years to get it done.

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“Maybe next year, maybe next Congress, but this is going to change. And the federal government will get out of the way,” Representative Blumenauer 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.”  And of course, Peter Bensinger, a former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, urged lawmakers to keep the ban in place — despite the pressure to legalize it.  “Legalizing it is going to cost lives, money, addiction, dependency,” Bensinger warned in an interview Wednesday.

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But regardless of whether it is now or later — it looks like the tide is irrevocably turning in the favor of legalization.  I mean — if you are okay with alcohol and cigarettes  — you should be able to tolerate little old innocuous marijuana.


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