• Blumenauer-McClintock – A Bi-Partisan Step In The Right Direction On Pot

    Whether you like pot or not isn’t the issue. The states should have the freedom to legalize pot or not free from the worry of the feds coming in and cracking down. The Blumenauer-McClintock amendment would restrict the use of federal funds by the Department of Justice to enforce criminalization of state laws.

    Many states have passed legislation related to use of marijuana. Some states are keeping it medicinal only while others have gone to full on legalization for adult recreational use. The fact that these state laws are at odds with federal law causes a lot of tension between “Big Brother” and the states.

    It makes banking beyond challenging because federal law prohibits banks from dealing with illegal entities…which means they won’t touch pot with a ten-foot bong! The risk is just too great.

    The Blumenauer-McClintock amendment mirrors the STATES Act and limits what the feds can do against states who have legal medical and adult use regulatory programs, licensed businesses, and consumers all dealing with marijuana. If only for a year, thanks to an appropriations rider, it’s still a great start to strengthening the Tenth Amendment rights of all Americans whether they are pro-pot or not. Any American pro-freedom or fond of states rights will be for this amendment.

    Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) recently said this about the subject:

    “The federalism approach to marijuana laws is the appropriate way to deal with it. In 2012, Coloradans legalized marijuana at the ballot box and the state created an apparatus to regulate the legal marijuana industry.  But because of the one-size-fits-all federal prohibition, state decisions like this put Colorado and other states at odds with the federal government. The federal government is closing its eyes and plugging its ears while 46 states have acted. The bipartisan STATES Act fixes this problem once and for all by taking a states’ rights approach to the legal marijuana question. The bipartisan, commonsense bill ensures the federal government will respect the will of the voters – whether that is legalization or prohibition – and not interfere in any states’ legal marijuana industry.”

    The fact is pot is here. Keeping it in the shadows causes undue risk on the businesspeople involved in the newly legal enterprises revolving around cannabis. The legislation enjoys bi-partisan support and is in the best interest of the American people. It’s time to get it done.

    Rob Nichols, President and CEO of the American Banking Association said this,

    The conflict between state and federal cannabis laws has become a challenge for many of our nation’s communities and the banks that serve them. (State and Federal Law) should help those communities reduce cash-motivated crimes, increase the efficiency of tax collections, and improve the financial transparency of the cannabis industry.”

    Today 1 in 5 Americans lives in a jurisdiction that allows some sort of pot usage legally. This amendment is a much needed fix to allow the states and the federal government to be more in harmony and operate in accordance with the will of the people.

    It’s been several years since my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. If you know anything about it, it is incurable and degenerative. Not something you would wish on anyone, let alone someone you love. My dad doesn’t smoke pot, but if we got to a point in his treatment where cannabis oil or pot gummies or whatever were the answer to his symptom management, I would prefer we not have to break any state or federal laws to care for my dad.

    There’s no putting the pot genie back in the bottle. It’s time to support bringing it out into the light of day so it can operate like every other business. It can be allowed to take credit cards and open a bank account. No more carrying cash around in duffle bags.

    The Blumenauer-McClintock Amendment will take a big step forward to shining the light on one of America’s “Budding” new sectors!

    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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