Medical Marijuana: Ron Paul Pushes Prescription Pot Legislation

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As the federal crackdown on California cannabis continues, Rep. Ron Paul is actively backing legislative protections for prescription pot users.

Paul is part of the bipartisan effort spearheaded by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.)

On Tuesday, Farr introduced the Truth in Trials Act, according to The Hill. Key proponents include an "eclectic mix of 15 House Democrats" and three Republicans, such as Paul.

So what is the act, you might ask?

First, a bit of context.

As you probably know, weed is illegal under federal law.

However, some states have legalized medical marijuana.

Clearly, in those places, prescription pot is legal under state law, though that doesn't change the fact that it's still illegal federally.

(This is the crux of the legal clusterfuck most prominently being played out in California.)

Anyway, what this proposed legislation would do is give people the right to prove that their marijuana-related actions were OK with their state law -- protecting them from federal prosecution.

Under the act, a person could only be found guilty of a federal marijuana offense if the marijuana is for non-medical purposes. Also, the government would not be able to seize and destroy weed as readily as now.

This isn't the first time Paul has pushed for this kind of legislation.

In 2008, he introduced the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, which proposes the same safeguards for patients and dispensaries as Truth in Trials.

Though a member of the Republican Party, Ron Paul is a libertarian, and tends to takes a hands off approach to substance issues. During his presidential bids, he has repeatedly promised to end the drug war if elected.

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MikeParent
MikeParent

What does he know, he's only a doctor! Sarcasm over. The DEA KNOWS it has valid medical uses, but not only do they refuse to acknowledge it, they lie about it and prohibit research. DEA Administrativee Judge Francis Young rules marijuana is safe, IN 1988, DEA, USA www.ccguide.org/young88.php Cited Facts to verify my statement.

Kwame
Kwame

even when it isn't electric they use strong arm tactics , much more blatant

Johnny oneye
Johnny oneye

google   sativex GW PHARMA , BRITIAN UK

notSpicoli
notSpicoli

"prescription pot users?" "prescription pot"? As far as I know, there is no such thing. There are no prescriptions for a non-FDA approved medication and no prescriptions for a CSA schedule 1 substance. Health care providers can provide a recommendation...

Richard Kenneth Clinton
Richard Kenneth Clinton

The reason the Federal government fights this so hard, is not the thought of people getting high, but that Hemp oil is a cure for cancer and most ailments, but the Pharmacological companies can't patent a natural plant.  So they can't make money off it, so the Federal government is they're enforcement arm to see no one gets healthy with out paying them first.

Bernard King
Bernard King

Some day, America will realize the wisdom of Ron Paul's message.

Bernard King
Bernard King

10-4. If you are upset because Obamacare meddles with a state's right to legislate its own affairs, you should definitely oppose the federal war on medical marijuana.

Sethgary88
Sethgary88

Ron Paul is The Man. He did say he had stayed in the race in case someone stumbled. I Hear Stumbling !

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