Poarch Creek Play Pot Hardball As Congressman Says Let’s Just Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

FLORIDA:  The Poarch Creek Indians are reportedly playing hardball with the state of Florida over gambling. The ultimatum? Let us offer gaming in Florida or we might consider growing and selling marijuana on our property.

That same tactic could easily come into play in Alabama, which is fighting the tribe in court in an effort to shut down its casinos. The ploy there would be a bit different – back off the lawsuit or we’re selling pot on our land – but the results could be the same.

All the pot wrangling comes after the Justice Department issued a ruling late last year that Indian tribes are allowed to grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands, even in states where the drug remains illegal. The move could open the door to legal pot sales in every state.

One Colorado lawmaker doesn’t want to wait for that to happen, however. Instead, Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat, has introduced a bill in Congress to legalize marijuana nationwide, taxing it just as we do tobacco and alcohol.

 

Polis Co-Sponsors Bill Undoing Federal Hemp Ban

COLORADO:  U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and representatives from Kentucky, Oregon and California have introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives a bill that would eliminate the federal ban on hemp production, Polis’s office announced Thursday.

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act would bring the hemp crop back to U.S. agriculture, removing industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that contains little or no THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Hemp can be used to manufacture clothing, fiber plastic substitute and food products.

The bill would also require the federal government to respect state laws that allow farmers to grow the crop. Colorado legalized the production of industrial hemp in 2014.

Are We Finally ‘Hemp Bound’ Here In The United States?

COLORADO: There has been encouraging news on the hemp front. Rep. Jared Polis and a few bipartisan representatives got a provision passed into the FARM bill last year that allows colleges, universities and state departments of agriculture to grow test plots of hemp for industrial uses. Twelve states — California, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia — now have laws to provide for hemp production without federal approval.

These are positive first steps in returning a multi-billion dollar industrial agriculture industry to the United States after 70 years in the grip of THC insanity among American politicians and policy makers. No matter that hemp hasn’t, nor ever will, get anyone high, it is still officially classified as a Schedule 1 drug, more dangerous even than methamphetamine and cocaine.

The enthusiasm to end this bullshit forever and bring hemp into the 21st century is growing locally, too. A University of Colorado team under the leadership of professor Nolan Kane of the ecology and evolutionary biology department is working to develop a genetic map of the cannabis genus.

Congressional Bill Introduced To Restore 2nd Amendment Rights To Cannabis Patients

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Last Friday, Colorado Congressman Jared Polis (D) introduced HR 3483, Protecting Individual Liberties and States’ Rights Act. The legislation was introduced in the wake of a federal memo to licensed gun dealers circulated nationwide last year warning them not to sell guns or ammunition to customers who legally use medical cannabis with their physician’s recommendation, many of whom pay annual fees to be in state-run registries and receive state-issued identification cards. [Read more…]

Hemp flag to fly high over Capitol building July 4th

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The flag flying over the Capitol building on the Fourth of July might look like your typical Old Glory. But you probably won’t notice the fibers that make it special. It’s believed to be the first hemp flag to flutter over the dome since the government began outlawing marijuana’s less-recreational cousin back in the 1930s.

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Hemp flag to fly high over Capitol building July 4th

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The flag flying over the Capitol building on the Fourth of July might look like your typical Old Glory. But you probably won’t notice the fibers that make it special. It’s believed to be the first hemp flag to flutter over the dome since the government began outlawing marijuana’s less-recreational cousin back in the 1930s.

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