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Huffman has unlikely allies on pot issue

By GUY KOVNER

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Marijuana may afford Rep. Jared Huffman common ground with conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Huffman, the liberal Democrat representing Northern California’s pot-rich Emerald Triangle, said he has engaged two other freshmen lawmakers on the idea of letting states, not the federal government, set rules for the intoxicating plant.

“These are people that I’ll disagree with most of the time,” Huffman said, observing that pot is an issue ripe for bipartisan harvest.

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Huffman declined to identify the two Republicans, but he said one is a tea party member from Florida, the other an ultra-conservative from Houston.

Colorado and Washington legalized recreational pot in November, and California is among the 18 states that allow medical marijuana (not including Texas or Florida).

Federal law classifies marijuana as a addictive drug with no accepted medical use, like heroin and LSD.

Huffman and the two Republicans want the feds to butt out and let states “call the shots” on marijuana.

They come, however, from different perspectives.

California was the first state to approve medical marijuana in 1996, and cities and counties continue to struggle with the conflict between state and federal law, especially in rural North Coast areas where it’s a major cash crop.

The Texas and Florida congressmen, confident their states will uphold pot prohibition, see it as a states’ rights issue.

“They don’t like the idea of the federal government pre-empting their policy,” Huffman said.

You can reach Staff Writer Guy Kovner at 521-5457 or guy. kovner@pressdemocrat.com.





6 Responses to “Huffman has unlikely allies on pot issue”

  1. ~Herbert Hoover says:

    If the law is upheld only by government officials, then all law is at an end.

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  2. ~Arnold Schwarzenegger says:

    I have inhaled, exhaled everything.

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  3. Frank says:

    EUREKA, Calif. —From water-siphoning to pesticide-spraying to just plain littering, a flowering of pot farms driven by the rise of medical marijuana is battering Northern California’s wilderness areas, natural resources and endangered species.

    The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that in one remote, 37-square mile forest patch, scientists found 567 outdoor farms and greenhouses.

    Most used water – totaling about 18 million gallons per year – diverted from an Eel River tributary, spawning ground for the endangered coho salmon.

    Despite the state push toward decriminalizing marijuana, growers remain rogue and free from oversight.

    They have graded mountaintops for greenhouses, illegally cut down trees and in one case poisoned dozens of a rare forest carnivore near Yosemite called a fisher. Scientists determined most had ingested rodenticide used by growers on pot plants.

    Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/Pot-farm-boom-slams-Northern-Calif-environment/-/11797728/17883144/-/2cq5b7z/-/index.html#ixzz2H6XmjZrt

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  4. Ron Paul says:

    You wanna get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine, let’s just get rid of all the drug laws.

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  5. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    Just a thought. If marijuana has no medicinal uses as the Federal Government has classified it, why is there a prescription drug called Marinol dispensed for severe nausea and sometimes to relieve the anxiety caused by pain? Even to pregnant women.

    No logic here. Either it is or it isn’t a valid medication. I know a number of people who couldn’t have made it through chemo and radiation therapy without smoking marijuana. Smoking works better than the pill. Helped them eat and kept they from losing weight.

    State after state are creating laws to legalize Marijuana. It’s way past time.

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  6. Snarky says:

    “”Federal law classifies marijuana as a addictive drug with no accepted medical use, like heroin and LSD.”"

    Nobody really cares about the “law” anymore because the government idiots are dreaming up new “laws” and creating new “crimes” so fast that even the government can’t understand what they have done.

    Look at the idiots in the IRS. Everyone knows that a tax code means a dozen different things to a dozen different people. But its the “law.” LOL

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