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Reps. Ron Paul, Barney Frank join forces to back bipartisan medical marijuana bill

The Hill  A bipartisan group of House members has proposed legislation that would make it easier for people to defend themselves in federal cases for possessing marijuana, if they can show that they are using marijuana for medical purposes in line with relevant state laws.

The Truth in Trials Act, H.R. 6134, was introduced Tuesday by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), along with an eclectic mix of 15 House Democrats such as Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), and three Republicans, including GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (Texas).

The bill would give people facing federal prosecution for marijuana possession the right to “introduce evidence demonstrating that the marijuana-related activities for which the person stands accused were performed in compliance with state law regarding the medical use of marijuana.” It would also create an affirmative defense under federal law for marijuana possession.

“It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution or proceeding under any federal law for marijuana-related activities, which the proponent must establish by a preponderance of the evidence, that those activities comply with state law regarding the medical use of marijuana,” the bill states.

The bill further clarifies that defendants can only be found guilty of a federal offense related to marijuana that is determined to be for non-medical purposes, and also makes it harder for the government to seize and destroy marijuana and related paraphernalia.

“No plant may be seized under any federal law otherwise permitting such seizure if the plant is being grown or stored pursuant to a recommendation by a physician or an order of a state or municipal agency in accordance with state law regarding the medical use of marijuana,” it reads.

Other Republicans on the bill are Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Justin Amash (R-Mich.).

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6 Responses to Reps. Ron Paul, Barney Frank join forces to back bipartisan medical marijuana bill

  1. diggerdan says:

    How about making marijuana completly legal across the board in every state,but if any body gets caught selling it then they throw the book at him and give him life. One law in this state and another different law in that state is a bunch of BS!!! People can barely keep up with all these bogus little weannie laws that we all have to follow but they – the law makers rarely have to follow if ever! Case in point – a movie star gets busted with some pot and a bunch of cocaine and he gets away with it, I get busted with just some pot and I go to jail or prison for a long time depending on my financial status or social status and every person in the country knows damn well this is true. I remember back in the 60`s in rehab when they said to every one that pot causes birth defects, makes you lazy, and turns you into a hopeless worthless murdering drug addict!!!!! Well I have yet to see any one of those accusation that are even close to being true. The lies that they make up on marijuana is nothing short of criminal and they know it, just ask Obama!!!!

  2. troxel says:

    Cannabis should not only be legal in every state, but encouraged as a third crop rotation. Cannabis/hemp can replace petroleum plastics, replace trees for paper products, and much more. Hemp is a heavy metal absorber and was used by Russia for detoxing the land of radiation fallout. This method does take 10’s of years to complete, but it is better than current methods of just putting fresh soil over contaminated grounds.

    • diggerdan says:

      And your are damn right troxel. Isn`t it 1 acre of hemp equals 4 or is it 5 acres of trees. And like you say, just look at all the other benefits attributed to marijuana and hemp. There is realy no excuse for not universally leagalizing the plant for usage of any and all forms!

  3. Rafael Espericueta says:

    It turns out that marijuana really is a gateway drug –
    not a gateway to “harder drugs”, but a gateway to the realization
    that everything the government proclaims, is in fact
    untrue.

  4. Davol White says:

    Letter I just wrote to the White House:
    This is a quick message about the Harborside Health Center Medical Marijuana business being closed down by Federal officials after promises from Attorney General Eric Holder as well as this Administration that marijuana offenses in this country would not be prosecuted where they are in compliance with the state laws. That is not so much the issue as the line I now draw in the sand. The issue is the popularity problem of President Obama and his treatment of a voting block, (easily over 20 million strong,) of Marijuana smokers who voted him in for his first term. You just might not have a finger on the disillusionment I try to cut through defending this Presidency, which clearly is on the wrong side of history when it comes to the side soon to win this civil war on marijuana. I’m told every day by the TV that this is a recession, but it was just a couple years ago when I saw Medical Marijuana dispensers become the fastest growing business since Starbucks in Seattle. I can’t buy this since I’ve smoked the cure for so long that I’m too healthy to get a medical marijuana card, which is beside my point. I’ve fought for this side of this civil war for so long now that I must tell you, it is the gage of whether or not I consider this country I live in a free country or not. I think my point is coming through, and this Administration can continue to be on the wrong side of history, or raise the marijuana issue that dares not be spoken of. You will still have my vote either way, but I’ll also be bracing myself for a Mitt Romney Presidency to come because a second term for President Obama is going to take every vote he can get, an my war continues with or in spite of you.

    • Henry Shivley says:

      So you are saying if Obama will give you your pot you are good with the soviet socialist insurgency? You are pathetic and you are on the wrong site.

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