Meet the California Lawmakers Who Are Enabling the Marijuana War

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Rep. Dennis Cardoza, one of the Dems in favor of the marijuana war
Losing efforts sometimes score wins. Medical marijuana scored such a moral victory late Wednesday, when 163 members of Congress voted in favor of not allowing federal dollars to be spent on busting pot growers, distributors, and dispensaries in states with medical cannabis laws.

The brainchild of this effort is Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), who has introduced similar measures in the past. The amendment to the Justice Department's spending bill received universal support from Bay Area Democrats, with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland); and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) voting in support it. The amendment was co-sponsored by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove), whose district runs from the Sacramento suburbs to the Oregon and Nevada borders.

Still, the measure failed, because 262 members of the Republican-controlled Congress voiced their approval of the war on medical marijuana. Among them were 19 Californians. Most were Republicans -- but perhaps surprisingly, there were some prominent California Democrats, too.

Maxine Waters and Dennis Cardoza, we're talking about you.
Rohrabacher's amendment is seen as one way to force President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to keep their promises not to use Justice Department resources to prosecute or arrest state-legal medical marijuana providers or suppliers. If they won't hold true, or if the U.S. Attorneys who announced the statewide crackdown on medical cannabis in October are going rogue, Drug War opponents can go straight for their wallets.

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Redefining Democrats
All of Orange County's Congressional delegation are Republicans -- and all took stances against federal funding for medical marijuana enforcement. Joining amendment sponsors Rohrabacher and Tom McClintock were Republicans Ed Royce and John Campbell. Not so surprising, when you consider small-government Republicans in Southern California such as retired Judge Jim Gray have long backed drug reform.

What was surprising was the vote of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles). Long a liberal beacon, the Democrat represents the African-American portions of Los Angeles including Watts, Inglewood, and South Central. The NAACP supported semi-legalization measure Prop. 19 in 2010, recall.

Other Democrats also voting to allow Justice Department officials to keep whittling away at medical marijuana were Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced), and Rep. Joe Baca (D-Rialto).

Here's the full list, in order of districts, of the other California members of Congress who voted against Rohrabacher's amendment: Herger, Lungren, Denham, Costa, Nunes, McCarthy, McKeon, Galleghy, Dreier, Lewis, Miller (of SoCal), Calvert, Bono Mack, Issa, Bilbray, and Hunter.

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Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

Let's remember that our so called friends in officer are constantly finding new ways to increase taxes, fees, etc, thus making sure that sick people can't get the medicine they need, and by keeping the supplies low, the prices high, the black market is often cheaper than buying the same weed from the clubs.  Remember that of the dispensaries closed in SF, almost all were shut down BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T AFFORD ALL THE TAXES AND FEES IMPOSED BY OUR LEADERS.  I don't call that support, I call it racketeering, they are profiting off what is an illegal activity.  So, the Feds need to indict every politician, every agency in California getting any revenue from dispensaries, just like how they are going after banks and landlords for having a fiduciary relationship with a dispensary.

Tomas Loco
Tomas Loco

instead of wasting time and money on bullshit,, why is no one talking about what is really killing people cigarettes,alcohol,, police,, security guards !! you cant die from marijuana and all its about is MONEY,,,in the bible it says money is ruler of all evil,, and its not the people smoking weed out here!!!! its the government and congress,,are afraid of losing money because anyone can grow a plant and it would save millions on doctors and medical insurance companies,, but you ignorant people want to keep making all these pills that are killing our society and you think its all right setting in your million dollar homes,, while your locking people up for a plant that god put on this earth for us to use,,, some people cant afford health insurance,,, hell i cant afford to even go to the doctor,,our economy is shit ,,they've been alot jobs picking back up,,but they are part time so the company doesnt have to carry medical insurance on you and if you work full time,, you still cant afford the shit ,,cause you have all these pill heads running to doctors and hospitals trying to get the dope that government supports ,,, not something grows from the earth!!!!  but it all comes down to government losing money and ignorance and they are killing the american people with pills,, and the reason health care is so expensive is because of the dope we make in the united states [PILLS],,  marijuana needs to be legal whether you like it or not ,,,they are millions of people feel the same way,, it should be our decision whether i can smoke cigarettes ,,weed,, or drink beer ,, this is my choice as long as im not giving it to a kid or hurting my neighbor or anyone ,,, this is called FREEDOM AND WE NEED A LITTLE MORE RIGHT NOW,, LOOK AROUND ITS NOT GETTING BETTER AND SURE TO GET WORSE,, AND I DONT  CARE IF  OBAMA AND ROMNEY WERE BOTH PRESIDENT ,,THATS RIGHT 2 PRESIDENTS ITS NOT GOING TO GET BETTER YPU GOT PEOPLE PROTESTING EVERY WHERE ,,THAT WAS SOMETHING I USE TO SEE ON THE NEWS IN OTHER COUNTRIES,, NOW ITS HERE AND ITS TIME FOR CHANGE BEFORE IT GETS EVEN WORSE,, LEGALIZE MARIJUANA FOR THE UNITED STATES NOT 16 STATES,, HELL GIVE IT A CHANCE ITS NO WORSE THAN WHAT WE SELL ANY OTHER DAY OF THE WEEK I PROMISE YOU THAT 23 YEARS I SHOULD NO IT NOT FOR EVERYONE,, AND BUT THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT OR WANT TO SMOKE INSTEAD OF DRINK,, GIVE PEOPLE THE CHOICE NOT TO BE ALCOHOLICS AND PILL HEADS!!!! DAMN

Mort
Mort

So Obama has decided that we should no longer discriminate against gays?

What about pot smokers and medical marijuana users? 

BillStewart2012
BillStewart2012

No, if you look at what he said about gay marriage, and how he's acted on other issues after saying similarly liberal things, he's saying that if Congress goes to the work of repealing DOMA he probably won't veto it.  

What he said about medical pot users was pretty much the opposite of the aggressive stance his administration has taken against Californians and people in other states that have legalized medical marijuana.

Mort
Mort

Well it is clear who to vote for in the war on drugs Obama was a mistakeSo we get rid of more republicans........easy

Murraybanks
Murraybanks

when  our president has to agree to gay marriages ,minors subject to alcohol ciggarettes no religion in schools i guess no constitution im amazed at the government  they seem to forget it by the people for the people and they are not above the law we dont want to be sheeple thnx anyway :)~~

Princess Hernandez
Princess Hernandez

I personally think that MOST of our "goverment" is bullshit, no mater what they say about listening to the people, being for the people...THEY ARE FULL OF SHIT!!! I'm a proud smoker for more then half my 30 y

TangerineSuncat
TangerineSuncat

Congressman Cardoza, I have found politicians have only three answers when asked about drug policy reform.1) What about the children 2) It is a moral issue 3) I am not getting paid enoughWell, since I just searched your web sight with the word "marijuana" the first thing that came up answered where you stand on my list - I am not getting paid enough.You wrote in February 2010 that you were upset that the budget proposed for HIDTA in your district was cut by $29 million dollars. Then you went on to say " a conservative estimate wholesale market value of these drugs is approximately $17.7 billion dollars." So instead of standing up for the State of California, that you were elected to represent, you voted to allow the Federal government to continue to take whatever they want! You voted to shut down business, kill jobs, eliminate a growing tax base and stand in defiance of the voters of California.   

Murraybanks
Murraybanks

i think all states who have legalized marijuana should not allow obama and mitt romney votes be counted in those states ,they should be sent a message that our state laws are to be taken seriously,and when send agent to those states they should be locked up,and gov,should pay for any vandalism they do :)~~

David Lizama
David Lizama

Waters protects Obama at no cost. She only sees color and not character. 

Economic Warfare Ins
Economic Warfare Ins

The idea is real easy. The things that folks have on their side is. 1. it will increase crime. 2. That there is no way to regulate it. 3. That it will destroy the black opts markets needed for foreign funding against those who wish to destroy us with weapons. 

1. Increase crime. Well out of the 70% of California population that uses the plant as medicinal for stress. I would say that right there would drop crime rates by legalizing it. Along with that we can easily see the prohibition analogy. Where alcohol was the biggest reason for crime then after it was legalized it became a normal nuisance of crime instead of a major national wide criminal trend. 

2. There is no way to regulate it. That is not true breathalyzers that take breath molecules and test the level of THC like the breathalyzers that test the Alcohol level in your breath are already created. Along with that we know exactly how much weighted person can intake before becoming impared. While blood screens are also a very good way to tell specific levels of THC. 

3. The destruction of black opts is not true. California alone proved that allowing a minimal amount of legalized medical marijuana. Which still does not even place a dent in the major other 65% of the criminal industry. Has generated billions in tax revenues. If we actually went full scale with it like bars it would actually over increase alcohol taxes. Where a lot of dark operations currently are allowed to get taxes for foreign anti terrorist wars. 

The idea is easy. In ancient times marijuana was considered part of political Democracy. Where the plant would be burned before each political conference on how to peacefully fight for each tribes ideas of governance to advance human kind. Along with that in Common sense hemp was written about being the main crop that helped the US beat out the British. While also a staple. While many other books speak about our forefathers going to bars and going through the same Greeko Roman tradition of hot boxing during political discourse before public displays. Marijuna is a staple in this world. It is just the Hurst family attacked the industry. As it was a competitor to their paper mills. As the Bushes themselves create more paper material as per density than a tree does. While building material and military materials and clothing materials all are able to be much cheaper, mass quanitied, and much healthier for the environment produced, if we where to mass produce hemp like the Owls of the George Washington and BF, and TJ did. 

I should know I worked for one of the law firms that pioneered the legalization of marijuana. As i had been doing studies of it since I was a kid, as I was part of dark operations to destroy terrorist cells in the US. I think we should legalize it and control it. Currently it is a controlled substances for the pro US Democracy dark operators who need the funds to fight foreign illegal industry invasions. However, again, if it was legalized it would create most likely trillions in taxes. But then again, it would destroy the idea of cutting down our trees which filter out more carbon dioxide than the bush. Even though the bush produces more productive material per pound. And it would make it harder to fund such anti terrorist operations. However, on the flip side terrorist also use the industry to fund their wars. So it really is a cross cancel when it comes to black opts funding. As US legal Black opts under guise of DOD. Could easily operate legal spots. While it would actually make it harder for terrorist to operate as the illegal industry would wither and die. So again, we win on all fronts. I know as I am the shadow in the dark that has kept this law going. As the major force against it is the black opts. But again, we win if we legalize it. I can easily open a shop take my funds and use it for anti terrorist opts, while stopping any terrorist from being gable to use the industry without being under DOD and proper legal guise. I used to take pounds upon pounds and deal them so I could fight against terrorist. Boxes of money just directed to pro American tribes or what is know as gangsters. It would be much better if we did it legally, as then we could License to Kill and legally still own our funds. 

Rider I

Meep
Meep

Actually, crime rates have a short spike whenever a dispensary is introduced to any neighborhood.  It attracts all the wrong people.  Only after this phase does everything settle down and start going as planned.  Still, all worth it in the end.

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