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Washington, DC: Congress Won't Overturn District's New Marijuana Dispensary Law
07-30-2010, 04:28 AM,
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Washington, DC: Congress Won't Overturn District's New Marijuana Dispensary Law
Quote:Washington, DC: Congress Won't Overturn District's New Marijuana Dispensary Law

Washington, DC:
Members of Congress have declined to overrule legislation passed by the D.C. City Council in May authorizing the establishment of regulated medical marijuana dispensaries in the District of Columbia.

Congressional lawmakers had up to 30 working days to reject the law. That review period officially ended earlier this week.

In June, a pair of Republican House members, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) and Jim Jordan (Ohio) introduced legislation to overturn D.C.'s medical marijuana law, stating, "Marijuana is a psychotropic drug classified under Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act as having 'high potential for abuse,' 'no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States,' and a 'lack of accepted safety for use of the drug...under medical supervision.'"

Their effort failed to gain any significant support in Congress.

Under the new law, D.C. Health Department officials will oversee the creation of up to eight facilities to dispense medical cannabis to authorized patients. Medical dispensaries would be limited to growing no more than 95 plants on site at any one time.

Both non-profit and for-profit organizations will be eligible to operate the dispensaries.

Qualifying D.C. patients will be able to obtain medical cannabis at these facilities, but will not be permitted under the law to grow their own medicine.

A separate provision enacted as part of the 2011 D.C. budget calls for the retail sales of medical cannabis to be subject to the District's six percent sales tax rate. Low-income patients will be allowed to purchase medical marijuana at a greatly reduced cost under the plan.

It will likely be several months before Health officials begin accepting applications from the public to operate the City's medical marijuana production and distribution centers.

The newly enacted legislation amends Initiative 59 – a 1998 D.C. medical marijuana ballot measure that garnered 69 percent of the vote. City lawmakers had been barred from instituting the measure because of a Congressional ban prohibiting District officials from liberalizing municipal marijuana laws. Congress finally lifted the ban in 2009.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, or Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel, at (202) 483-5500. A more detailed summary of the law is available online at: http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=3391.
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07-30-2010, 05:34 AM,
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RE: Washington, DC: Congress Won't Overturn District's New Marijuana Dispensary Law
(07-30-2010, 04:28 AM)Easy Skanking Wrote: "[Weed has a] 'high potential for abuse,' 'no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States,' and a 'lack of accepted safety for use of the drug...under medical supervision.'"

Wrong on all counts douche bags.

95 plants is a lot; good for you DC city council. In Michigan, growers can only grow for up to 5 people and 12 plants per person for a total of 60 plants max. Congress needs to take the next step from non-action in the capital to full legalization. This bullshit has gone on too long. They're probably going to continue to be hypocrites and get their medical doobs for while they're on the Hill and then talk up the usual propaganda about weed back in their districts though.
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08-05-2010, 09:30 PM,
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RE: Washington, DC: Congress Won't Overturn District's New Marijuana Dispensary Law
Quote:House Passes National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010

Washington, DC:
The US House of Representatives last week passed legislation, HR 5143, that seeks to establish a national commission to "undertake a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system."

House Bill 5143 is the companion bill to Senate Bill 714, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010. It would establish a blue-ribbon commission to assess US criminal justice policies and make recommendations to Congress.

"Today our prison population is expanding at an alarming rate, with costs to the taxpayers that are unsustainable," House sponsor William Delahunt (D-MA) said in a prepared statement. "(This) bill ... will assess the current crisis, reverse these disturbing trends and help save taxpayer money."

The companion version of the bill awaits action from the full Senate.

Commenting on the House bill's passage, NORML Legal Counsel Keith Stroup said: "It's been decades since a federally appointed commission has taken an objective look at American criminal justice policies, and it's been nearly 40 years since federal lawmakers have undertaken a critical examination of U.S. drug policy. This vote recognizes that changes to America's 'do drugs; do time' mentality are necessary and long overdue."

For more information, please contact Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel, at (202) 483-5500.

Perhaps this is the beginning of the end of drug prohibition and the DEA.
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
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