Grassley Hoping to Keep Medical Marijuana Illegal

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009 at 3:02 pm

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider legislation designed to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system by creating a commission to examine that system and make reform recommendations to Congress. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), is designed to confront the problem of the nation’s incarceration rates, which are far and away the highest in the developed world.

One focus of the commission’s review, sponsors say, will necessarily be the sentencing policies surrounding the decades-old “war on drugs,” which critics argue has packed the nation’s prisons needlessly with non-violent offenders.

Some Republicans, however, are wary of taking any steps toward a legalization of drugs. And they’re lining up with amendments to prevent that from happening. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), for example, has been weighing a provision that would prevent the newly formed commission from even studying the effects that drug legalization would have on the criminal justice system.

“The point is, for them to do what we tell them to do,” Grassley said Wednesday of the commission. “And one of the things that I was anticipating telling them not to do is to recommend or study the legalization of drugs.”

Asked by a reporter if his amendment would “have even stopped the discussion of legalized marijuana for medical purposes,” Grassley responded, “Yes, the extent to which it would be decriminalization, the answer is yes.”

The Webb-Specter bill has 35 co-sponsors, including Judiciary Committee Republicans Orrin Hatch (Utah) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.).

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26 Comments

Mr Donald
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 3:27 pm

Good idea,
These studies where the researchers are ordered to only study one side are excellent. They save a lot of money because only half of the research is done, and the govt body gets to preprint policy changes in advance of the results since they already know the results of the study before the research is done. This saves time.
Those silly studies where all sides are considered and those that could possibly change the status quo are so inconvenient and inefficient. In fact, why bother with these studies at all just issue a “royal decree” to enforce whatever whim the govt has at the time.


Guest
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

Geez, thanks Grassley. I didn't know you cared. BTW, next time I need to clean myself, am I allowed to use 4 sheets of paper or 5? Oh yeah, my wife wanted to know if she should face up or down the next time we have sex (no, silly, not you and me…me and her)?

Why can't these dinosaurs stay out of my life?


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jway
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 4:11 pm

Find another job Grassley, you're not fit to be a U.S. Senator!!

Your beloved prohibition caused the brutal murder of more than 6,000 people last year – many of them were children, police officers and politicians.

And YOU want to continue these horrific deaths forever?!! SHAME on you!


Eric Jaffa
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

“The point is, for them to do what we tell them to do,” Grassley said…

If the people on the commission can only reach pre-approved conclusions, then why have the commission?


VivianM
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

Grassley is a traitor and should step down. he has violated his oath to uphold the Constitution by trying to stop or thwart the will of the voters of this nation. Grassley is a disgrace to democracy.


bjjmiker
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

Grassley needs to be removed from office by whatever means necessary. That sociopathic Nazi has no business in politics.


strangely_enough
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

Grassley- medieval, corrupt, douchebag. What is this authoritarian impulse to censor scientific studies that don't conform to, or confirm, your ideology?
Is Grassley getting money from CCA and Wackenhut? Or his Pharma and Alcohol lobbyist friends don't like the competition?


ignatov
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

Thank you for pot smoking.


brendanm
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

Take a look: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary….


brendanm
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

Thank you, left-wing version of a teabagger. Extremist and violent rhetoric is okay if we use it, eh?


brendanm
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

If you used sustainable hemp-based toilet paper, it wouldn't matter. And as long you're a man, I doubt Grassley cares what you do to your female partner.


brendanm
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 8:31 pm

Limited government!


philedrifter
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

It's because the war on (some) drugs was created to replace outlawed slave labor with prison labor. First they passed 'grandfather clauses' which I studied in grade school; after those grandfather clauses were struck down as unconstitutional, they outlawed the naturally growing drugs that minorities were using instead of drinking the white man's alcohol. They outlawed naturally occurring drugs so they could stuff Big Pharma's pockets' by selling synthetic alternatives. Read tinyurl.com/1mn and tinyurl.com/potconviction and look for the book titled “The Marijuana Conviction” on half.com or Amazon.

From tinyurl.com/1mn : “Well, there it was, you didn't have to look another foot as you went from state to state right on the floor of the state legislature. And so what was the genesis for the early state marijuana laws in the Rocky Mountain and southwestern areas of this country? It wasn't hostility to the drug, it was hostility to the newly arrived Mexican community that used it.”


WmHarris
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

One need not travel to China to find indigenous cultures lacking human rights or to Cuba for political prisoners. America leads the world in percentile behind bars, thanks to ongoing persecution of hippies, radicals, and non-whites under prosecution of the war on drugs. If we’re all about spreading liberty abroad, then why mix the message at home? Peace on the home front would enhance global credibility.

The drug czar’s Rx for prison fodder costs dearly, as life is flushed down expensive tubes. My shaman’s second opinion is that psychoactive plants are God’s gift. Behold, it’s all good. When Eve ate the apple, she knew a good apple, and an evil prohibition. Canadian Marc Emery is being extradited to prison for selling seeds that American farmers use to reduce U. S. demand for Mexican pot.

Only on the authority of a clause about interstate commerce does the CSA (Controlled Substances Act of 1970) reincarnate Al Capone, endanger homeland security, and throw good money after bad. Administration fiscal policy burns tax dollars to root out the number-one cash crop in the land, instead of taxing sales. Society rejected the plague of prohibition, but it mutated. Apparently, SWAT teams don’t need no stinking amendment.

Nixon passed the CSA on the false assurance that the Schafer Commission would later justify criminalizing his enemies. No amendments can assure due process under an anti-science law without due process itself. Psychology hailed the breakthrough potential of LSD, until the CSA shut down research, and pronounced that marijuana has no medical use, period. Drug juries exclude bleeding hearts.

The RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) allows Native American Church members to eat peyote, which functions like LSD. Americans shouldn’t need a specific church membership or an act of Congress to obtain their birthright freedom of religion. John Doe’s free exercise of religious liberty may include entheogen sacraments to mediate communion with his maker.

Freedom of speech presupposes freedom of thought. The Constitution doesn’t enumerate any governmental power to embargo diverse states of mind. How and when did government usurp this power to coerce conformity? The Mayflower sailed to escape coerced conformity. Legislators who would limit cognitive liberty lack jurisdiction.

Common-law must hold that adults are the legal owners of their own bodies. The Founding Fathers undersigned that the right to the pursuit of happiness is inalienable. Socrates said to know your self. Mortal lawmakers should not presume to thwart the intelligent design that molecular keys unlock spiritual doors. Persons who appreciate their own free choice of path in life should tolerate seekers’ self-exploration.


jsknow
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

Legalize pot prohibit Grassley!!!!! … and everyone like him!


revraygreen
Comment posted November 5, 2009 @ 1:40 am

While Iowans in Wheelchais,Canes and Cancer show upat FOUR PUBLIC HEARINGS in FOUR CITIES, begging the Iowa board of Pharmacy for a yes recommendation to the Legislature in 2010

Grassley has the stones to use our plight to granstand his reefer sadness……

Medical Marijuana Hearing Wraps Up In Iowa
http://www.ketv.com/news/21522854/detail.html


workingman1
Comment posted November 5, 2009 @ 7:45 am

Sen. Grassley are you scared you can't control a controlled substance? It's OK. Keep it illegal if you're so scared about it. People will use the distribution system currently in place. No problem! The government can still control it by…what??? Catching about 5 to 10 percent of the product distributed? That's how it's currently 'controlled'. BTW, If you can't keep it out of a prison, what makes you think you control anything. Either way, people will still get anything they want within a couple of hours. Period. No questions asked. No one carded. No ID's presented. And all proceeds go into the drug gang's till. It's OK. Business as usual. Sen. Grassley you act like it's going away. It's not going anywhere, you just drove it back underground. Oh, by the way, China called and they want you to quit spending their borrowed money on your stupid prohibition. They're nervous and might call in their loans to us. Business as usual.


Kirkmuse
Comment posted November 5, 2009 @ 8:00 am

Is Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley on the payroll of the drug cartels?
Probably.

The notorious gangster Al Capone made most of his
illegal money from alcohol prohibition. Capone had dozens of
politicians on his payroll. Is it unreasonable to suspect that the drug
cartels are following Capone's business model?

What type of politicians would the drug cartels have on their payroll?
Politicians who urge the status quo of drug prohibition, or politicians
who suggest that we re-legalize drugs to put the drug cartels out of
business?


TYC
Comment posted November 5, 2009 @ 9:34 am

Everywhere I look I see more and more people recognizing the indisputable fact that the prohibition against cannabis is a complete failure. Its continued myopic prosecution by law enforcement is a symptom of insanity. Another noble experiment with unintended consequences. Cannabis prohibition has made more cannabis users than if they had just left it alone. I can almost hear Anslinger twirling in his grave. Serves him right!


LLLou
Comment posted November 5, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

Sen. Charles GrASSly , what a moron. Right, let's just keep on doing the same old thing and expect to see different outcomes, a term for insanity. Stick your head WAY down there into the pile of BS the government has been pushing for the last 70 years, guess what part of your anatomy is sticking out ?????GrASSly.
That's what I call enlightened leadership,,,,,let's not even discuss it.What a looser.


revraygreen
Comment posted November 5, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

QUESTION: I hear there was an amendment to a bill tomorrow that would legally prevent some of the government’s top advisers from — according to some of the memos we’ve seen — even discussing the idea of legalizing or decriminalizing drugs.

Can you talk a little bit about that? I understand that you pulled that amendment, but, nonetheless, I wanted to ask you what your intent is with that.

GRASSLEY: Well, my intent on that amendment isn’t any different than any other amendments that are coming up. The Congress is setting up a commission to study certain things. And the commission is a — is an arm of Congress, because Congress doesn’t have time to review some of these laws.

And — and — and the point is, for them to do what we tell them to do. And one of the things that I was anticipating telling them not to do is to — to recommend or study the legalization of drugs.

Their — their program would be what we tell it it is. …

Senator Webb wants to understand why we have 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s imprisoned. Sen. Webb understands that the War on (Certain American Citizens Using Non-Pharmaceutical, Non-Alcoholic, Tobacco-Free) Drugs™ has a lot to do with it. Sen. Webb understands that discussion of marijuana legalization must be on the table. I’m not sure which concept is more misunderstood by Senator Grassley: science, democracy, free speech, or justice. Wait, maybe it’s compassion:

QUESTION: Would your amendment have even stopped the discussion of legalized marijuana for medical purposes?

GRASSLEY: I think that would not — let’s see. Yes, the extent to which it would be decriminalization, the answer is yes


monkey99
Comment posted November 8, 2009 @ 2:05 am

Grassley is concerned about legalizing grass…..hmmm.

But not concerned about making alcohol a controlled substance for all the Americans it kills, or tobacco for the same reason.

Instead, we are still demonizing something that, as far as I know, hasn't killed anybody. More jails is their answer.

That's why you Repub fundamentalists will screw your own party in 2010. Hey! it's the Repub Club for 2012!


revraygreen
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

Today the AMA voted to reverse its longstanding endorsement of cannabis’ Schedule I prohibitive status. The vote took place during the organization’s annual Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates in Houston, Texas, and marks the first time that the AMA has revisited its position on cannabis in eight years.

As newly amended, the AMA’s official position (see specifically pages 12, 13, and 14) regarding the medical use of cannabis no longer “recommends that marijuana be retained in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.” Rather, the Association now resolves “that marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines.”

The AMA also today demolished long-held pot prohibitionist claim — frequently publicized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and others — that “no sound scientific studies have supported medical use of smoked marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data support the safety or efficacy of smoked marijuana for general medical use.”


revraygreen
Comment posted November 11, 2009 @ 12:49 am

Today the AMA voted to reverse its longstanding endorsement of cannabis’ Schedule I prohibitive status. The vote took place during the organization’s annual Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates in Houston, Texas, and marks the first time that the AMA has revisited its position on cannabis in eight years.

As newly amended, the AMA’s official position (see specifically pages 12, 13, and 14) regarding the medical use of cannabis no longer “recommends that marijuana be retained in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.” Rather, the Association now resolves “that marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines.”

The AMA also today demolished long-held pot prohibitionist claim — frequently publicized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and others — that “no sound scientific studies have supported medical use of smoked marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data support the safety or efficacy of smoked marijuana for general medical use.”


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