ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 25, 2015) – Yesterday, a Maryland Senate committee held a hearing on a bill based on state sovereignty that would create a mechanism to protect the Old Line State from the negative impacts of international trade agreements.Details
Maryland House Committee Passes Bill To Legalize Industrial Hemp, Nullify Federal Ban, with a 18-2 Vote
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Mar 16, 2015) – Today, a Maryland state House committee approved a bill this week authorizing people to plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell, or buy industrial hemp in the state, effectively nullifying the federal prohibition on the same. The vote was 18-2.Details
Maryland HB803 would authorize the farming, production, and commerce of industrial hemp, effectively nullifying the long-standing federal prohibition on the same. It has been referred to the Committee on House Environment and Transportation, and a hearing has been scheduled. This bill needs your help to move forward. Attend the hearing and call committee members voicing your support for HB803.Details
A bill introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates would ban the state from participation in the Common Core educational standards, effectively nullifying them in practice in the state.Details
Un-consented contact means a contact that a person does not want, or contact that was informed as wanted to avoid. This is exactly what Maryland’s House Bill 1111 is proposing to make a crime. The legislation could substantially curb the federally mandated Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) blatant violations of American’s civil rights. We urge you to contact the individual leaders of the House Judiciary Committee and express your support for this bill, and the protection of our Constitutional rights.
The Maryland State Legislature proposes in the bill titled “Public Safety – Restrictions on Searches for Security Purposes – Penalties”, to define illegal detention, search, and seizure by a public servant as a crime against the victim of the encroachment, and authorizes the State Attorney General to make use of existing laws and the Tenth Amendment as a defense against any federally levied claims against its constitutionality:
Prohibiting a specified public servant, while acting under color of the public servant’s office or employment, from intentionally subjecting another person to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment, or lien that the public servant knows is unlawful, intentionally denying or impeding another person in the exercise or enjoyment of a right, privilege, power, or immunity, knowing that the conduct of the public servant is unlawful, or intentionally subjecting another person to sexual harassment; etc.
“WHEREAS, The General Assembly enacts this Act in accordance with its police power to enact legislation for the protection of the health of its citizens, as reserved to the State in the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution; now, therefore,”
…And then the bill goes on, letting the world know what will be permitted under Maryland law…in accordance with the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution. Powerful little amendment, I’d say.
It has also been a popular approach to the problem that every American currently faces, that being their central government’s insistence that DC is the ONLY place to approach and solve We the People’s problems.
Maryland House Delegate Cheryl Glenn (D-Baltimore) had found herself fed up with the bureaucratic process she was seeing- a process that had begun in the previous legislative session. ‘Workgroups’ were assigned to study the problem of medical cannabis 12 months ago and then deliver a proposal to the state house. Both had flaws that Glenn was not prepared to tolerate. It’s understandable really, if you consider the number of complaints about drug policy she must hear as a representative of the people of Baltimore.
“As a legislator dedicated to addressing the needs of medical marijuana patients in Maryland, I am very disappointed in both legislative proposals being offered by the commissioned workgroup,” said Del. Glenn. “I am offering a different bill — what I believe is a common-sense approach to this issue, taking into account not only the needs of medical marijuana patients, but also the needs of the larger communities in which they live.”
The radical legislation that this maverick legislator is pushing? In the big picture it is only a step in the process of addressing cannabis, with the establishment of lawful recognized medical applications. Compassionate distribution systems are also created in this bill.
Readers of HB 15, the Maryland Medical Marijuana Act, will find a marked similarity in language and concept to a bill recently introduced in Idaho by conservative Republican Tom Trail.Details