Ron Paul’s Bill To Stop Federal Enforcement of Marijuana
Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) defines the word “maverick.” His stance on hemp farming and his position against the Federal Reserve earned the 2012 presidential hopeful the moniker long before the Republican establishment hijacked the label in 2008.
The hero of political independents coast-to-coast (and recent winner of the Iowa straw poll) will almost certainly start feeling the love from cannabis activists after news broke today that the Republican is supporting a bill in Congress that will effectively end the role of the Drug Enforcement Agency and any other federal agency in marijuana enforcement. Authored by Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the bill will be introduced tomorrow.
Bay Area pols are on board: the bill is cosponsored by Barbara Lee of Oakland and Pete Stark of Fremont. But what of most-powerful San Franciscan Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader?
It appears the former Speaker is taking a pass.
Frank, who last month introduced a separate piece of legislation that would federally reschedule marijuana, will introduce the bill and its formal language on Thursday, but reports indicate it would limit the federal government’s role on enforcing pot laws. The DEA would only be allowed to police pot between the Mexican border and the United States as well as inter-state smuggling — meaning DEA raids of legal medical cannabis dispensaries and cultivation operations in Mendocino County would be over. It would also affirm the right of citizens in states with pro-pot laws to grow, use, sell, and transport cannabis.