Ron Paul palling around with liberals

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by AK Forty Seven, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. Ron Paul and Barney Frank's 'unusual' alliance



    Fri Jun 24, 10:41 am ET

    New York – Can a Texas libertarian and Massachusetts liberal really get the feds to mellow out and quit prosecuting weed smokers?

    One's a Texan gunning for the GOP presidential nomination. The other's an outspoken Massachusetts Democrat and one of the first openly gay members of Congress. But though Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) are an odd couple, they've found common ground in marijuana. The two have formed "an unusual congressional alliance" to co-sponsor a bill that would give states the right to legalize and tax marijuana, just as they currently do with booze. Here, a brief guide to the initiative:

    What would the bill do?
    H.R. 2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, would allow states to dictate their own pot policies, and repeal federal penalties for marijuana production, distribution, and possession. The feds' role in reefer regulation would be winnowed down to merely preventing marijuana from being imported into states where it is not legal. H.R. 2306 is modeled after the 21st amendment, which repealed national alcohol prohibition in 1933.

    Who else is sponsoring it?
    A handful of Democrats: Reps. John Conyers (Mich.), Steve Cohen (Tenn.), Jared Polis (Colo.) and Barbara Lee (Calif.). "Paul's presence atop the legislation clears the way for advocates to slap the 'bipartisan' tag on the proposal," says Josh Voorhees at Slate.

    Does this mean Paul and Frank are big potheads?
    No. Frank says "he's not advocating marijuana use, but believes that criminal prosecution is a waste of resources and an intrusion on personal freedom." His office has been quick to emphasize that this "is not a legalization bill," but merely one that limits the federal government's role. Paul has long been a vocal supporter of state sovereignty when it comes to marijuana legalization. Still, now that he's a Republican presidential candidate, this is a "gutsy move," says Stephen Reader at WNYC.

    How many states is marijuana legal in?
    According to the Medical Marijuana site ProCon.org, 16 states have enacted laws legalizing marijuana for medicinal use, though federal law still prohibits pot and some medical pot dispensaries have been raided by the feds. Because of the cloudy legality, some states that have passed medicinal marijuana legislation have been hesitant to implement it.

    Does the Paul-Frank pot bill stand a chance?
    It's a long shot, but advocates say the point is to draw attention to the issue. "A bill like this is going to get talked about quite a bit," says Morgan Fox with the Marijuana Policy Project. "I think it will spark a strong debate in the media, and we hope to get some [House] floor time for it."

    Sources: CNN, NPR, ProCon.org, Slate, Wall Street Journal, WNYC

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  2. Marijuana makes people lazy. That is the last thing we need in this country. A mass of lazy people who don't produce anything.
     
  3. Lucrum

    Lucrum

    We already have a mass of those people. How do you think the democratic party has lasted so long?
     
  4. Ron Paul once again shows the republican party the way. Of course, most of them are too timid to follow.

    If one of the leading candidates like Bachmann or Romney got behind this, it would strike fear in the Oval Office. A significant number of independents and non-political voters favor the republicans in general but are put off by what they see as an overly judgmental or out of touch approach to social issues.

    The message can be simple. We aren't advocating pot usage, but we can no longer afford the cost in terms of money, ruined lives and erosion of civil liberties fostered by the War on Drugs. Nor can we ignore the devastation in mexico created in part by our prohibition policies. The bottom line is, no one should be going to jail for pot usage or sale.
     
  5. rew

    rew

    Ron Paul agrees with the left on the need to end both the drug war and the actual wars.

    But unlike the left, he believes in limited, constitutional government and cutting spending.