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No Foolin: House Passes Bill to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

No Foolin: House Passes Bill to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

The House of Representatives approved a bill Friday to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, though the measure stands little chance of becoming law this year.

The House bill passed by a vote of 220 to 204, with three Republicans in favor and two Democrats against.

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Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) mocked the uptight Republicans for harboring outdated views on marijuana: “It’s like they saw ‘Reefer Madness’ in middle school and never got over it,” Rep. Raskin said. He also burned his colleagues over the bizarre allegations by Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) that Republican leaders invited him to orgies and did cocaine in front of him. “I concede our party is not for the kind of cocaine-fueled orgies that a freshman Republican representative bragged about this week,” Rep. Raskin chided, “but we do understand that their marijuana prohibition laws don’t work for our people.”

Rep. Raskin specifically meant Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio (who has yet to answer for his role on January 6th, as well as his connection to sexual abuse and rapes committed while he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State), who definitely sounded the square kid at the party. “Every major urban area has increased crime and Democrats are legalizing drugs and propping up the marijuana industry,” Jordan whined on the House floor.

Republicans are overlooking how legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana not only boosts local and state economies, but would also decrease the number of people incarcerated in America’s already overcrowded prisons. But several Senate Democrats have said they’re also not ready, and President Joe Biden has not backed the reform, either. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

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That means that even as the vast majority of states allow the drug’s use, marijuana will remain illegal under federal law, which considers it an addictive substance, with no medicinal value, as dangerous as heroin and even more dangerous than cocaine or fentanyl despite numerous studies pointing to the opposite. Cannabis has other medicinal qualities, and hemp has practical uses as well.

 

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