Vermont Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Marijuana, Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition in Practice

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Feb. 2, 2016) – A Vermont bill that would legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use and create a framework for retail sales passed out of committee this week. If ultimately signed into law, the legislation would take a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in practice in Vermont.

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Georgia Action Alert: Help Nullify Federal Marijuana Prohibition, Support HB722, SB254 and SR6

Three Georgia bills active during 2016 would set the foundation to nullify federal marijuana prohibition in practice. HB722 would legalize medical marijuana. SB254 would decriminalize simple possession of marijuana. SR6 would allow the voters to approve the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

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New Mexico Bill would Legalize Recreational Marijuana and Hemp; Effectively Nullify Federal Prohibition

SANTA FE, New Mexico (Jan. 14, 2016) – A bill prefiled in the New Mexico House would legalize marijuana for recreational use, along with industrial hemp. Passage would not only legalize marijuana and hemp in the Land of Enchantment, but would also take a big step toward nullifying federal prohibition in practice in the state.

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NAACP Sees the Virtues of States Rights

While demagogues like Jesse Jackson spew propaganda falsely equating states rights with slavery, the NAACP realizes that the states can be agents for social justice fighting back against a racist, repressive, draconian federal government. That is exactly what we’ve seen with states fighting back against the war on drugs.

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“Let” States Write Their Own Pot Laws?

A recent opinion article on creators.com headlines, “Let States Write Their Own Pot Laws.”

The Orange County Register editorial board argues that the president should move marijuana to Schedule II status, making it easier to prescribe in medical marijuana states. It also points out the confused signals coming from the Department of Justice. And this was before the DOJ announced it would not challenge new laws for recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado, even while insisting weed is still illegal.

“I think they’re confused about what to do,” the California coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said.

After arguing extensively for reclassifing marijuana, the board  brushes by the real solution. Pointing out that states are the “crucible of democracy, it says Obama “should to ask his Justice Department and DEA to let the 50 states establish, and enforce, their own marijuana laws.”

In fact, nobody should need to ask permission. The federal government has no power to regulate plants grown within a state.

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