H.R.1227 – Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

 

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PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TODAY AND SUPPORT THIS BILL TO REMOVE CANNABIS/MARIJUANA FROM THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ACT!

THIS IS THE CLOSEST THING TO A “REPEAL” BILL THAT HAS BEEN OFFERED AND IT IS BEING SUPPORTED BY MOST ACTIVISTS!

 

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February 27, 2017

Mr. Garrett (for himself, Ms. Gabbard, and Mr. Taylor) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To limit the application of Federal laws to the distribution and consumption of marihuana, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Application of the Controlled Substances Act to marihuana.

(a) In general.—Part A of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 103. Application of this Act to marihuana.

“(a) Prohibition on certain shipping or transportation.—This Act shall not apply to marihuana, except that it shall be unlawful only to ship or transport, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, marihuana, from one State, territory, or district of the United States, or place noncontiguous to but subject to the jurisdiction thereof, into any other State, territory, or district of the United States, or place noncontiguous to but subject to the jurisdiction thereof, or from any foreign country into any State, territory, or district of the United States, or place noncontiguous to but subject to the jurisdiction thereof, when such marihuana is intended, by any person interested therein, to be received, possessed, sold, or in any manner used, either in the original package or otherwise, in violation of any law of such State, territory, or district of the United States, or place noncontiguous to but subject to the jurisdiction thereof.

“(b) Penalty.—Whoever knowingly violates subsection (a) shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.”.

(b) Table of contents.—The table of contents for the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 (Public Law 91–513; 84 Stat. 1236) is amended by striking the item relating to section 103 and inserting the following:

“Sec. 103. Application of this Act to marihuana.”.

SEC. 3. Deregulation of marihuana.

(a) Removed from schedule of controlled substances.—Subsection (c) of Schedule I of section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812(c)) is amended—

(1) by striking “marihuana”; and

(2) by striking “tetrahydrocannabinols”.

(b) Removal of prohibition on import and export.—Section 1010(b) of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act (21 U.S.C. 960) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)—

(A) in subparagraph (F), by inserting “or” after the semicolon;

(B) by striking subparagraph (G); and

(C) by redesignating subparagraph (H) as subparagraph (G);

(2) in paragraph (2)—

(A) in subparagraph (F), by inserting “or” after the semicolon;

(B) by striking subparagraph (G); and

(C) by redesignating subparagraph (H) as subparagraph (G);

(3) in paragraph (3), by striking “paragraphs (1), (2), and (4)” and inserting “paragraphs (1) and (2)”;

(4) by striking paragraph (4); and

(5) by redesignating paragraphs (5), (6), and (7) as paragraphs (4), (5), and (6), respectively.

SEC. 4. Conforming amendments to Controlled Substances Act.

The Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) is amended—

(1) in section 102(44) (21 U.S.C. 802(44)), by striking “marihuana,”;

(2) in section 401(b) (21 U.S.C. 841(b))—

(A) in paragraph (1)—

(i) in subparagraph (A)—

(I) in clause (vi), by inserting “or” after the semicolon;

(II) by striking (vii); and

(III) by redesignating clause (viii) as clause (vii);

(ii) in subparagraph (B)—

(I) by striking clause (vii); and

(II) by redesignating clause (viii) as clause (vii);

(iii) in subparagraph (C), by striking “subparagraphs (A), (B), and (D)” and inserting “subparagraphs (A) and (B)”;

(iv) by striking subparagraph (D);

(v) by redesignating subparagraph (E) as subparagraph (D); and

(vi) in subparagraph (D)(i), as redesignated, by striking “subparagraphs (C) and (D)” and inserting “subparagraph (C)”;

(B) by striking paragraph (4); and

(C) by redesignating paragraphs (5), (6), and (7) as paragraphs (4), (5), and (6), respectively;

(3) in section 402(c)(2)(B) (21 U.S.C. 842(c)(2)(B)), by striking “, marihuana,”;

(4) in section 403(d)(1) (21 U.S.C. 843(d)(1)), by striking “, marihuana,”;

(5) in section 418(a) (21 U.S.C. 859(a)), by striking the last sentence;

(6) in section 419(a) (21 U.S.C. 860(a)), by striking the last sentence;

(7) in section 422(d) (21 U.S.C. 863(d))—

(A) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking “marijuana,”; and

(B) in paragraph (5), by striking “, such as a marihuana cigarette,”; and

(8) in section 516(d) (21 U.S.C. 886(d)), by striking “section 401(b)(6)” each place the term appears and inserting “section 401(b)(5)”.


All Actions H.R.1227 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)

03/16/2017
Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Action By: House Judiciary

03/03/2017
Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: House Energy and Commerce

02/27/2017
Referred to House Judiciary
Action By: House of Representatives

02/27/2017
Referred to House Energy and Commerce
Action By: House of Representatives

02/27/2017
Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives

02/27/2017
Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives


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https://www.facebook.com/Kentucky-House-Senate-Action-Alerts-133526500152199/

The man chosen by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration to run the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice is a retired Texas official who oversaw a 2008 raid on a polygamist sect, resulting in more than 400 children being seized by his agency.

 

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Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced that Carey D. Cockerell, the former head of family and child protection in Texas, has been named as the new commissioner for the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

 

 

LEXINGTON — The man chosen by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration to run the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice is a retired Texas official who oversaw a 2008 raid on a polygamist sect, resulting in more than 400 children being seized by his agency.

Carey D. Cockerell begins his new role next month, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet said Cockerell’s appointment “is part of an ongoing revamp to ensure the highest level of performance and accountability” at DJJ.

“Juvenile justice is undergoing a top-to-bottom transformation in Kentucky, and Mr. Cockerell brings the knowledge and expertise to shepherd reforms with transparency and accountability,” Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley said Friday in a statement. “We were impressed by his commitment to public safety and his compassion for our youth.”

Cockerell was commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from 2005 until he retired in 2008.

In March 2008, three months before his retirement, Cockerell’s agency seized 468 children during an overnight raid of the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a West Texas complex that was home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The agency later said it had received a tip about physical and spiritual abuse at the ranch. However, the Texas Supreme Court ruled a month later that the agency had erred, improperly removing children from their families.

“On the record before us, removal of the children was not warranted,” the court ruled.

The state’s raid angered religious and civil-liberties groups and led to hearings by Texas lawmakers.

Mike Wynn, spokesman for Kentucky’s Justice Cabinet, said Cockerell would not be available for an interview Friday. The Bevin administration knew about the 2008 raid when it hired Cockerell, Wynn said.

“We’re aware of his background,” Wynn said. “We think that he has an exceptional record. He has a reputation for reform.”

Under Texas law, Cockerell’s agency did not need a court order to seize children from the ranch, Wynn said. The decision was upheld shortly after the raid in a hearing before a district judge. However, the Texas Court of Appeals and Supreme Court soon overruled that judge, finding that the state had “failed to meet its burden of proof” before it broke up hundreds of families, according to court records.

 

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We have to stop the Government from abusing our children!

Sumner (center) has lunch with students at John G. Carlisle School in Covington with Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn (left) and Superintentendent Alvin Garrison (right) (RCN file)

Not only do they profile us as adults, they do it to our children as well!  And it seems to me that all children are being approached and prosecuted similar if not exactly like adults, no matter the offense. 

We as parents have to fight for our children not to be abused while in custody of State and/or Federal Authorities.  The schools continue to be a breeding ground for abuse of children by school teachers and other officials, counselors, etc.., And then law enforcement can come in right behind them and traumatize a child at will.  When did we loose the right to protect our children from harm?  Why do we have to sit here and watch while our children are being abused right before our eyes?  The whole scenario is out of control.  It would seem that although these actions are illegal they are still being used with no repercussions.

“Kentucky’s school personnel are prohibited from using restraints, especially mechanical restraints, to punish children or as a way to force behavior compliance,” said Kim Tandy, executive director of the Children’s Law Center, in a statement. LINK

There have been two incidents brought out in the media in the past few days in Kentucky which blatantly show the need for Officer’s to be much better trained on  procedures for dealing with a “out of control” child.  If they are not trained or are otherwise unable to render the type of service needed from an Officer in this type of environment then they should not be assigned to those duties.

S.R., a male minor, 8 years old and 52 pounds at the time of the incident who suffers from PTSD and ADHD, and L.G., a female minor, 9 years old and 56 pounds at the time of her trauma who has PTSD as well, whose Mother’s have both filed suit against the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Sheriff of Kenton County Charles Korzenborn and Kevin Sumner, the school Resource Officer  in question has been named both personally and professionally.

The suit alleges violation of rights under the U.S. Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Allegedly L.G., suffered at the hands of Officer Sumner on not one but two separate occasions in the Fall of 2014.  Sumner was recorded in a video while abusing one of them.  They were both handcuffed behind their backs at the biceps.  This procedure is not justified.

In a report referred to in the law suit the U.S. Government Accountability Office states that during the period of 1990 to 2009 there were hundreds of complaints of restraint and “seclusion” in schools and at least 20 are known to have resulted in death.

In 2012 the Kentucky Board of Education limited the use of physical restraint to those incidents in which the Student “poses an imminent danger of physical harm to self or others”.  This “regulation” became active in 2013.

The Kenton County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement in support of Sumner, stressing that “all the facts and circumstances have not yet been presented.”

S.R., was in the third grade at Latonia Elementary School at the time of the incident.  According to CRDC 20% of the Student’s at Latonia have mental disabilities.

In an “Investigation Report” written months later Sumner claims that S.R., attempted to strike him with his elbow, however, he managed to block the hit.

The suit claims there was no “direct threat justification” for placement of the child into handcuffs.

L.G., suffered two incidents, the first of which was August 21, 2014 when she was placed in the “in school suspension” room where she continued to be disruptive at which time Sumner proceeded to place her in his patrol car, drive her home, and wait in the driveway for an hour before her Mother came home. 

On October 3, 2014 once again L.G., was placed into the “in school suspension” room where she continued to be disruptive.  She was then escorted to an “isolation room”.  When she tried to exit the room she was physically detained by the Principal and Vice Principal.  Officer Sumner was summoned to the disruption and handcuffed L.G., for 20 minutes.

In an “Investigation Report” Officer Sumner claims that he handcuffed her because “she attempted to harm school staff while being restrained”.  The child suffered a severe mental crisis at that time and was transported to the hospital.

Again, the suit claims there was no “direct threat justification” for placement of the child into handcuffs.

The “Causes of Action” include:

Count I – Unreasonable seizure and Excessive Force under the U.S. Constitution, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Count II – Disability based discrimination in Violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Count III – Disabilities based Failure to Accommodate in Violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The “prayer of relief” includes:

Declare that the actions and inactions described herein violate the rights of the Plaintiff’s S.R., and L.G., under the U.S. Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Issue an order enjoining the Defendant’s from engaging in the unlawful conduct complained of herein.

Compensatory Damages,

Punitive Damages,

All Costs,

Any further relief that the Court deems just and proper. 

It is signed by William F. Sharp, Legal Director, ACLU Kentucky,

Rickell L. Howard,  Attorney,

R. Kenyon Meyer,  Attorney,

Claudia Center, Susan Mizner, ACLU Foundation.

According to LouisvillePeace.org Departments have vague “use of force” policies that allow officers to interpret them the way they want.  This has to change.  Our children’s lives are depending upon it.

Shackling children is not OK. It is traumatizing, and in this case it is also illegal,” Susan Mizner, disability counsel for the ACLU, said in a statement. “Using law enforcement to discipline students with disabilities only serves to traumatize children. It makes behavioral issues worse and interferes with the school’s role in developing appropriate educational and behavioral plans for them.”

The ACLU, which filed the lawsuit and posted the videos, said it was a classic example of the “school to prison pipeline,” one of the driving forces in this country’s economy, which has the highest incarceration rate of any industrialized nation in the world.

Today more than ever we have to live with the fact that many of our children are developmentally and/or mentally challenged.  There are so many mental health issues and Autism is now projected to be affecting  possibly 1 in 68 children. 

  • Autism Prevalence. On March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Apr 1, 2014

    Autism Prevalence | Autism Speaks

    https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/prevalence

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    Francis John Balducci

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    I am a retired police officer from the NYPD. I served 20 years, nearly half of which in the streets of the South Bronx. This message goes out to school officials of the John G. Carlisle Elementary School and the Latonia Elementary School and, especially, the Kentucky-Fried Idiot named Kevin Sumner and the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office. Children, with or without disabilities, should never be handcuffed simply because they are “acting out.” It is–or it should be–within a professional police officer’s training and expertise to properly and constructively communicate with young people to effectively reach them particularly when they are misbehaving. It is extremely traumatizing and damaging to place children in handcuffs, it is highly counter-productive, and it singularly labels them as criminals while it establishes and reinforces police officers as adversaries. He swung at your elbow, Kevin? Really? That is absolutely no excuse. In similar circumstances, no police officer would ever handcuff your child–not a professional one, no–and it is shameful that you did not afford the parents of those children that you handcuffed the same courtesy and respect. Overall, it amazes me that you would do such a stupid, reckless thing at a time when police officers around the country are making serious efforts to improve community relations that have been exponentially deteriorating throughout recent years. You are a thug as far as I’m concerned.

    ACLU: Deputy sued for handcuffing disabled children – CNN.com

    A Kentucky sheriff’s deputy faces a lawsuit for handcuffing elementary school children who were acting out as a result of their disabilities, the ACLU says

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  • Dulce Baez Wow! It’s a shame.

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  • Blair Winston Christ, but I hate bullies and cowards. Fully functioning professionals do not behave like this.

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  • Letty Cruz Thank you.

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    Francis John Balducci Thank you, Letty. I love you and Arthur. Miss you both!

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    We have received some messages, reviews, and Tweets today regarding a law suit against a Kenton County law enforcement…

    Posted by Kenton County Police Department on Monday, August 3, 2015

    Other abuse cases:

    September 15, 2014:   

    17-yr.-old In Critical Condition After Window Malfunction Leads to Tasering During Traffic Stop
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    Sources of information:

    https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/4532_001.pdf

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/08/04/3687939/kentucky-officer-shackles-kids/

    http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/08/kentucky-deputy-sued-for-placing-crying-disabled-8-year-old-boy-in-handcuffs-to-teach-him-a-lesson/

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/04/us/aclu-disabled-students-handcuffed-lawsuit/

    https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/color_of_law

    http://infocenter.nimh.nih.gov/nimh/product/Treatment-of-Children-with-Mental-Illness-Frequently-asked-questions-about-the-treatment-of-mental-illness-in-children/NIH%2009-4702R

    http://www.louisvillepeace.org/citizens-against-police-abuse-capa—frequently-asked-questions.html

    https://www.facebook.com/sheriffkorzenborn

    http://www.autistichoya.com/2013/01/judge-rotenberg-center-survivors-letter.html

    Robin Rider-Osborne

    Robin Rider-Osborne contributed to this story.  She also posts Northern Kentucky News on Facebook.

  • Industrial hemp producers may be able to transport their crops across state lines thanks to an amendment to the Senate’s $148.3 billion agriculture spending bill offered by McConnell.

     

     

    Hemp finds place in appropriations bill

    Industrial hemp producers may be able to transport their crops across state lines thanks to an amendment to the Senate’s $148.3 billion agriculture spending bill offered by McConnell.

    The bill cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 28-2 vote on Thursday.

    “Kentucky’s industrial hemp pilot programs continue to prosper and I want to make sure our legal hemp producers can safely transport their crops between states, including to States that maintain processing facilities, so they can fully capitalize on the commercial potential for this commodity,” McConnell said in a statement.

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer praised McConnell’s efforts to boost hemp production in the U.S., saying the state’s agricultural sector “continues to be indebted to Senator McConnell for his continued leadership on industrial hemp.”

    The GOP majority leader also worked with a pair of Democratic senators — Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Jon Tester of Montana — last month to maintain state-level industrial hemp pilot programs despite the illegality of marijuana’s botanical cousin at the federal level, according to a news release.

    “This latest language reemphasizes that industrial hemp from a farm bill research program is an agricultural commodity,” Comer said in a statement. “The ability of Kentucky to research the full potential of industrial hemp through processing, marketing, and sales is vital to understanding the future possibilities for industrial hemp.”

    Kentucky is one of 13 states that allow the commercial production of industrial hemp, with seven others operating research-only plots, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

     

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    House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said he wants lawmakers to address the issue of the Confederate flag in a bipartisan manner. (Speaker.gov)

    By Paul Kane and Abby Phillip July 9 at 8:45 PM

     

     

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    “The majority of people that actually died in the Civil War on the Confederate side didn’t own slaves…”

     

    Three weeks after a racially motivated massacre in a black church in Charleston, S.C., the Confederate battle flag will no longer fly on the grounds of the South Carolina State House, following a bitter debate over its role as a symbol of racism and hate.

    The shooting that left nine dead at Emanuel AME Church and subsequent images of the alleged gunman holding the battle flag set off a national debate about the flag’s meaning and history. On Thursday, Gov. Nikki Haley (R) signed legislation to remove the flag, which has flown over the capitol’s dome or on its grounds since 1961.

    The furor over the flag rippled through the halls of Congress on Thursday when House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) called for a review of Confederate symbols and memorabilia, which is likely to include those on display in the Capitol.

     

    Boehner was forced to halt consideration of a government funding measure after it became engulfed by the Confederate flag controversy and whether it was appropriate to display the flags at national cemeteries where Confederate soldiers are buried.

    The dispute pitted Southern conservatives who asserted that the tradition was part of their heritage against members of the Congressional Black Caucus who view the flag as a symbol of slavery and oppression.

     

    The heated tone on Capitol Hill stood in contrast to the jubilant, bipartisan scene nearly 500 miles to the south, in Columbia, S.C. There, flanked by Democratic and Republican leaders past and present, Haley declared it a “great day” for the state.

    “This is a story about the history of South Carolina. And how the action of nine individuals laid out this long chain of events that forever showed the state of South Carolina what love and forgiveness looks like,” she said, referring to the victims’ relatives who spoke at suspect Dylann Roof’s bond hearing.

    The flag was scheduled to be lowered at 10 a.m. Friday and moved to a state museum for display.

    On Thursday, the NCAA lifted a ban enacted in 2000 that has prevented the state from being considered to host championship games, and the NAACP said it will stop calling for a tourism and travel boycott of the state.

     

    Lawmakers in the state House of Representatives slogged through more than 13 hours of debate Wednesday night and Thursday morning, at times becoming deeply emotional and tense. Efforts by Republicans to amend the bill threatened to derail the legislative process.

    Both sides agreed to a compromise that allowed the bill to move forward without any ­changes. Just after 1 a.m. Thursday, lawmakers voted 94 to 20 in favor of the flag’s removal. Earlier in the week, the Senate swiftly debated the same proposal and overwhelmingly approved it.

     

    As those final hours transpired, congressional Republicans stumbled into the heated flag debate through a series of miscalculations. That began with their decision late Wednesday to allow a House vote on an amendment that would have reaffirmed the ability to place the Confederate flag in national cemeteries as part of a once-a-year tradition in the Deep South.

    House Democrats accused Republicans of catering to the large and powerful Southern conservative bloc. Republicans accused Democrats of trying to exploit the tragedy of the killings in Charleston and the decision by South Carolina lawmakers to remove the flag from the capitol.

    Boehner tried to tamp down the dispute by announcing that he would create an informal bipartisan group to review all matters related to the display of Confederate memorabilia. He pulled the overall legislation, which would provide annual funds for the Interior Department, rather than hold a vote on the Confederate flag amendment.

    That vote was originally set for late Thursday afternoon, nearly the exact time Haley signed legislation removing the flag.

    [South Carolina governor signs bill removing Confederate flag from State House grounds]

    Republicans leaders have tried to move beyond the old fights over the Confederate flag in the aftermath of the slaying of nine African-Americans inside the historic Charleston church. Boehner was among national Republican leaders who embraced Haley’s role in removing the flag, and he pointedly said Thursday that he did not believe Confederate flags should be displayed in national cemeteries.

     

    “Listen, we all witnessed the people of Charleston and the people of South Carolina come together in a respectful way to deal with, frankly, what was a very horrific crime and a difficult issue with the Confederate flag,” Boehner told reporters. “I actually think it’s time for some adults here in the Congress to actually sit down and have a conversation about how to address this issue. I do not want this to become some political football.”

    [Democrats increasingly think the Confederate flag is racist. Republicans don’t.]

    Democrats responded by reintroducing a resolutionthat would have mandated the removal of Mississippi’s state flag from display on U.S. Capitol grounds because its design incorporates the Confederate battle flag. That resolution, offered by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was tabled on a mostly partisan vote that referred it to a committee.

    Other Democrats have called for the removal of statues of Jefferson Davis and other Confederate leaders that are prominently displayed in the Capitol. In floor speeches throughout the day, Democrats stood in front of an image of the Confederate flag on the House floor.

    “The red in this flag is a painful reminder of the blood that was shed by African American slaves,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

    Southern Republicans said that their Democratic colleagues did not understand that they were trying to pay tribute to fallen Confederate soldiers who were not plantation owners.

    “The majority of people that actually died in the Civil War on the Confederate side didn’t own slaves. These were people that were fighting for their states, and, you know, I don’t think they even had any thoughts about slavery,” said Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland (R-Ga.).

    He rejected the position of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a leader in the civil rights movement, who called the flag a symbol of oppression.

    “Does he understand where I’m coming from?” Westmoreland said. “Well, if I believe it comes from heritage, does he understand where I’m coming from?”

     

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    IMMEDIATELY STOP FEDERAL FUNDING for a pharmaceutical drug to treat "MARIJUANA ADDICTION". THIS IS PREPOSTEROUS!

     

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    The Washington Times reported on 6/26/15 that the Federal Government is “fast tracking” Pharma research for a Marijuana addiction drug. The research gets $3 million grant as Obama encourages legalization of Cannabis.

    This is just too much! We do not need a “drug” to detoxify us from Cannabis! We need more Hemp and Cannabis Oil for Medical use,

    Stop the funding effective immediately and give that $3 Million to a better cause.

    Fact: GW Pharma has concluded that “Cannabis is not addictive” according to their ad for SATIVEX (which has not been approved for marketing in the U.S. as of yet — And SHOULD BE!). It additionally states that it does not appear to have withdrawal effects when stopped suddenly”…

    Stop the INSANITY NOW! Stop the funding for an addiction drug for Cannabis!

    Published Date: Jun 26, 2015

    Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Disabilities, Health Care

     

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/immediately-stop-federal-funding-pharmaceutical-drug-treat-marijuana-addiction-preposterous

     

    PLEASE SIGN PETITION ABOVE!!!

    THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SENTENCES VIETNAM VETERAN TO DEATH FOR USING MARIJUANA MEDICALLY

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    Written by:  Cindy Spencer

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    July 27, 2013

     

    What ever happened to the land of the free?

    He was certainly one of the brave.

    There was no judge or jury. No trial. Just a death sentence. Handed down by Uncle Sam.

            Let’s go back a few years for a little history? My father was born in 1949. He was the youngest of three. He lost his mother very prematurely at the very early age of 12. Soon after his father remarried a very hateful and manipulative woman who had no use for her new husband’s dead wife’s baby boy. His older brother and sister were old enough to be out on their own. He was not. So he was shuffled around a bit between various relatives, meanwhile mourning the loss of his mother and now essentially his father. Add to that, the struggles of coping with having to learn to live without the affections of a mother for her baby boy, and the sting of being discarded by his father when he needed him the most, just to please this new “woman” for lack of a better word, who wanted absolutely nothing around to remind her husband of his first wife.

            Now let’s move on to June of 1967 when he began his enlistment into the United States Army. He went thru the training and arrived in Vietnam July 5 1969. My father never spoke much off his time in Vietnam, as doing so sent him back there, and as many Vietnam vets tell me, they’d do almost anything to keep from “going there”. From what I gather, he was, at least for part of the time, the man the carried the communication device in that kept them connected to base, in which air strikes were called in. because of this, I am quite sure he was definitely one that the enemy would try to “take out”. But really, weren’t they attempting to take them all out? Which they nearly did. He also spoke of the feeling of Agent Orange as it fell and landed on his skin. That their own government poisoned them with. He spent 1 year over there, and returned to the states June 19 1970. I think, it is despicable, no, criminal the way our soldiers were treated upon their return. I also firmly believe that was akin to a secondary wounding, except on friendly soil. I cannot imagine what my father and all those others must have felt after what they had gone thru in an attempt to survive while fighting for their country only to be called baby killers and be spat upon by the very people they were dying to protect. It makes me so angry.

          So, now we go to February 1971 when he weds my mother. He loved her with all the love he had to give. He was definitely wounded in the war, but because his injuries weren’t visible yet, he was not treated, much like many,  many others for PTSD. But he most definitely had it. He and my mother started their family with my birth in December of 1972. Then was my brother in March 1976. Then was my sister in January 1978.  And last but not least, was another brother in February 1980. So here he was with a wife and four kids. With no education other than combat training, he worked long hard hours setting up mobile homes for minimum wage. Which obviously didn’t go too far with a family of 6.  He and my mother struggled long and hard. It took a toll on their marriage, but they stuck it out, for now any way. But he had begun to self medicate with alcohol and marijuana that he was introduced to in Vietnam. This went on with all life’s ups and downs for many years until the kids were raised. It was quite violent at times because of the alcohol.

          After my baby brother graduated high school in 2000, he joined the United States Air Force. By now my dads drinking was daily. He was a very small man weighing in at 119 for most of his life. It didn’t take much and he would be pretty loaded. As long as he drank just beer he really wasn’t as bad. It was when the liquor entered the picture that all of his sense, reason, and self control left the building. This was a huge problem and almost broke our family up for good. Around 2002 my mother had taken all the abuse she could handle, and I mean emotional, and verbal. It only got completely physical once that I know of. And my mom was always slightly bigger than my dad, until recently that is, so she could hold her own, until he pulled the guns that is. I lived with them at this time, as my marriage had fallen apart, and I could not afford to remain on my own for many reasons. So my mom left him. Then it got real bad, he grew more and more depressed. He had been seeing a local backwoods dr. forever for whenever he got sick, and for his “nerves”. That dr. had him on some pretty powerful pills for over 20 years. 2mg of Ativan several times a day. I know he needed something, and they definitely helped him, but it wasn’t nearly enough. This entire time he used marijuana regularly. I truly believe it saved us all at times, not just his life.

                 He honestly never knew that he could go to the VA for his medical treatment the whole time. But in 2003, after essentially “running his wife off”, in his mind, and trying to work with all the flashbacks he suffered because he couldn’t medicate at work, in my opinion that is, he quit his job at a very small cabinet shop where he sprayed finish. A friend of his talked him into riding with him to an appointment at the VA. So while he was there he saw someone who talked him into checking in to get off alcohol. Unfortunately after he did, the stopped his Ativan cold turkey and he had 2 Grand Mal seizures that resulted in a fall and a fractured skull. He went thru an ordeal, but emerged a recovering alcoholic. He was also off the Ativan, and no other medicine of that nature ever took its place. He even stopped smoking marijuana. For a while. But after returning home, alone, except for me being there with him in the day. He knew he would be drinking in no time if he didn’t at least smoke. The dr. at the VA refused to give him any medicine that was controlled, as she had labeled him from the word go, as a drug seeker. Which was completely untrue. He was self medicated. It was his only choice.

            It took him and my mom some hard work, but they started over in a new place in 2007. He had finally gotten his pension money for a service connected disability that he had suffered for years. And he wanted to buy the woman he loved a nice home for them to start the next chapter in their lives. He never got drunk again. As it turned out he had awesome will power once he was treated for PTSD thru counseling, antidepressants, and mostly “medicinal use marijuana”.

             Not too long after they got in the new place, my dad was surveying the wood on his land on his 4 wheeler, and as he went over a large tree root, the 4 wheeler tilted some and he instinctively threw his leg out to catch himself, and “snap” broke his leg. My mom panicking, of course, got my brother to help, and called 911 to come get him. In all the commotion, it never occurred to anyone to remove a marijuana cigarette from his shirt pocket. After they rushed him to the hospital, and began assessing his injuries, and I’m a little foggy on how, but hospital staff observed the marijuana cigarette, and alerted the law. They came, and charged him with the possession of it. Well he was in the hospital a while, but after he got out, he went to court when his paper said to, and thru confusion, they didn’t have him on the docket or something to that affect, and after thorough checking, my parents went home. Here is where it gets interesting. After someone somewhere somehow really “effed” something up, and charged him with being a fugitive from justice. They never came to arrest him at home, which is where he was confined with a broken leg, instead they called him at home from the VA to tell him his money would stop because he was a fugitive. He asked them how on earth he was a fugitive when they called him at home to tell him this. Well he had to get an expensive lawyer to fight the erroneous charges, which he did when, but not before they stopped his money for several months until it was straightened out.

                So, even after all that, he still kept his appointments, trying now to be treated for the pain he was constantly experiencing as a result of the broken leg and subsequent placement of a steel bar. Well, of course that wasn’t going to happen, after all, he was already branded with “the scarlet label”. Only now, he was under the impression that if he continued to smoke, without admitting himself for another 28 day stay, he may again risk losing his income. That, in my opinion, should be criminal. So, fearing losing his money, again, he slacked of going to the VA. He was in a no win situation. His appointments became fewer and farther between. After all, he had tried to be as compliant as possible while maintaining some sort of tolerable balance between mood stabilizers, anti depressants, whatever ineffective pain med they may send, and his old faithful plant that grows from the ground that God himself put here for us to use.

        Now, here we are to 2012. He had been feeling down, and tired, and must have been in excruciating pain, but didn’t let on too much to us. He was spending more and more time in bed. We at first thought he was depressed, as he had been before. But when he didn’t respond as he normally did, we began to urge him to let us take him to the dr. he refused. He said they would just treat him like he was looking for drugs, and he was so tired of that. Couple more months passed by, and he made himself get up more, but I think it was so we would quit trying to get him to go to the dr.  Well on Friday, July 13, 2012 my mom called me upset saying she couldn’t get him to wake up good, and would I come over and help her make him go to the hospital. So we raced over, and got him up and dressed, and I asked him if I could call an ambulance. He said no. so my mom drove him, and my son and I followed.

              From this point things went really fast. So fast, that it is almost a blur. I want to say that it was around 7:30 pm when the dr. came in and asked my dad if he wanted the news with us in there or if he wanted his privacy. My dad said”just lay it on me”. She said “Mr. Spencer, you have cancer. It is esophageal cancer and has spread to your lungs, your liver, and your lymph nodes.” I’m sorry to say that I am unaware of what she said next, as I quickly turned to step out of his view so he wouldn’t have to see my face as I fell apart. I’ve always been daddy’s girl, and have been by his side for a lot of things. I could not face him for a while after that, as I didn’t want him to be anymore afraid than I knew he must already be. He had always feared cancer. Kind of like he somehow knew that would be what got him. The next few days were filled with sobs and drs. And swollen faces, and family members we hadn’t seen in years. This was really it. I begged them to explain why we couldn’t try to treat it, even though I knew.

          My father, James R. Spencer, who fought in the deadliest war in our history, died on July 18 2012 at 12:16 am. Just 4 and a half days after being diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic esophageal cancer. Think about that as I have had to. He battled unimaginable pain and sickness for god only knows how long without the benefit of modern medicine to at the very least ease some of his pain, and for what? He deserved to be treated like a human being. If for no other reason than he was. But he was a Vietnam War veteran with honorable discharge. Why was he treated like a drug seeker just for being sick with a disease he got BECAUSE he fought for this country?  I am so angry. I cannot for the life of me ever remember hearing of anyone who battled what had to have been years of terminal cancer without so much as the mildest pain pill. He did not deserve to suffer like that. All because of the fear that was instilled in him by the Veterans Administration that he would lose his ability to support his wife and put food on the table once he lost his income because he chose a god given flower to calm his troubled mind, and ease some of his suffering once it was evident that he would not receive adequate treatment from the VA for an illness that he did not bring on himself.

         This was senseless almost manslaughter. I may not be a lawyer, nor am I a dr. but I am a human being, and I am an American. I have just as much right to be heard as anyone else. This country is falling apart. Why won’t government open their eyes to see what they are doing to America’s people?  Can someone out there help me? It is now my life’s mission to spread my father’s story to anyone who will hear, and especially to those who wouldn’t. It is those that are single minded about the subject that have cost me and my children our father and grandfather. maybe someday we can change enough minds to make sure that this Vietnam veteran hero didn’t die in vain!! That thru his story, never again would something like this happen to any American!

           Thank you for your time,

            Cynthia Spencer Mitchell

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