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Insanity Marches On: Texas reps help lead charge to sue president for not enforcing pot laws

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From a congress who barely breaks a single digit approval rating, a bill has been passed with the help of most Texas representatives, which gives congress the power to sue the president for not enforcing federal marijuana laws, even as a solid majority of Americans want to see the plant legalized.

Insanity marches on.

The bill, H.R. 4138, entitled ENFORCE the Law Act, would allow the House or the Senate to sue the president for “failure to faithfully execute federal laws,” including those related to immigration, health care and marijuana.

Some representatives are complaining that Obama is cherry-picking which federal laws to enforce.

All other issues aside, cannabis laws at the federal level are, to put it simply, a clusterfuck, and most likely unconstitutional. But hey, we march to the beat of what the courts rule, regardless of what reality is.

It took an amendment to the constitution to prohibit alcohol, yet it didn’t take an amendment to prohibit cannabis. Does that make sense? Not at all, but for most it’s irrelevant.

So we have to deal with it being on the Controlled Substance Act as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it has no accepted use, medical or otherwise, even as President Obama and many others admit that it’s no more dangerous than alcohol, which by the way, isn’t even scheduled. Cannabis is also non-toxic, unlike alcohol.

The president has the power to reschedule cannabis, but he punted on the matter and instead left it up to congress. At least we can give him props for refusing to enforce a federal law which shouldn’t exist in the first place.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) told The Huffington Post that he and other officials in the Capitol agree with Obama no enforcing the law though, stating “It doesn’t seem right to me to continue to waste our limited resources punishing people for doing something when it’s legal under state law, the majority of Americans want it to be legal, and much more dangerous drugs like heroin are making a comeback, I’d rather stop arresting two–thirds of a million people a year for marijuana possession and generate $100 billion over 10 years through taxes and savings.”

A beacon of sanity in congress you say? We’ve got to crush that right on sight!

Prohibitionists are already starting to concede the battle as 20 states plus D.C. have medical marijuana, Washington and Colorado have legalization, and around 15 more could go medical or full legal. It’s happening and can’t be stopped, and yet as all sorts of problems mount, this is what congress chooses to focus its efforts on. Hopefully the Senate does not pass this bill as well, and even if it does, it’s doubtful that Obama will sign it.

The bill passed 233-181 with all but five votes coming from Republicans, and another 16 representatives refused to vote. There won’t be enough to support to override a veto.

So how did the representatives from Texas vote on this bill? Out of the 36 representatives Texas has in the US House, only 10 voted against the bill, all Democrats. The two other Democrats joined the Republicans in supporting it.

Here’s the rundown on how each individual voted and what district they’re from.

Aye R Gohmert, Louie TX 1st
Aye R Poe, Ted TX 2nd
Aye R Johnson, Sam TX 3rd
Aye R Hall, Ralph TX 4th
Aye R Hensarling, Jeb TX 5th
Aye R Barton, Joe TX 6th
Aye R Culberson, John TX 7th
Aye R Brady, Kevin TX 8th
No D Green, Al TX 9th
Aye R McCaul, Michael TX 10th
Aye R Conaway, Michael TX 11th
Aye R Granger, Kay TX 12th
Aye R Thornberry, Mac TX 13th
Aye R Weber, Randy TX 14th
No D Hinojosa, Rubén TX 15th
No D O’Rourke, Beto TX 16th
Aye R Flores, Bill TX 17th
No D Jackson Lee, Sheila TX 18th
Aye R Neugebauer, Randy TX 19th
No D Castro, Joaquin TX 20th
Aye R Smith, Lamar TX 21st
Aye R Olson, Pete TX 22nd
Aye D Gallego, Pete TX 23rd
Aye R Marchant, Kenny TX 24th
Aye R Williams, Roger TX 25th
Aye R Burgess, Michael TX 26th
Aye R Farenthold, Blake TX 27th
Aye D Cuellar, Henry TX 28th
No D Green, Gene TX 29th
No D Johnson, Eddie TX 30th
Aye R Carter, John TX 31st
Aye R Sessions, Pete TX 32nd
No D Veasey, Marc TX 33rd
No D Vela, Filemon TX 34th
No D Doggett, Lloyd TX 35th
Aye R Stockman, Steve TX 36th

Keep these people in mind when you go to the voting booth this November, and remember, only 23% of Texans support keeping cannabis completely illegal.

By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com

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Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas and serves as Deputy Director for NORML of Waco. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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12 Comments

  1. March 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Oh wow. Beto O’Rourke, huh? I’m going to have to write to him about this. I wanna really see how important cannabis enforcement is on that list of working with Congress, healthcare and immigration… That’s not cool at all! C’mon Beto!

  2. March 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Oops read it wrong

  3. Kenneth Ray Stone
    March 16, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    One day when Their Family’s come down with Cancer I have No Doubt These Godless Bastards would rather let them suffer and DIE than use Cannabis to Help them. It’s time to move to a state with an Ounce of Compassion…Cancer Survivor.

  4. March 16, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson. When a Government has become deaf and dumb to the people’s voice and opts out for oppression instead of truth and mercy, it has become tyrannical. I’m just exercising my First Amendment Rights in pointing it out!

  5. coreymillia
    March 16, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I think the same thing every time, they are cursing themselves. However you don’t have to move to another state. You can, quietly, grow cannabis for yourself. Dispensary cannabis is terrible and overpriced anyway.

  6. March 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

    HR4138 is not about pot and has nothing to do with states rights. It’s about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), immigration laws, the President’s “I have a pen and a phone” promise to act without congressional authorization, and the concept of “a government of laws, not of men.” I’m in favor of both gay marriage and easing immigration restrictions, but I understand the Repub’s point.

    Constitutionally, the power to make laws rests in the legislative branch, while the executive branch is tasked with enforcing them. Several of the congresscritters who support HR4138 (including Steve Stockman) also support H.R.1523: “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013” – that’s an effort to have the legislative branch change federal law, in accord with its constitutional responsibilities. I’m sure the supporters of HR1523 would be opposed to the President just using his pen to accomplish the same thing. It’s a question of who has the authority to determine what the laws are, the legislature or the executive.

    • March 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      It’s also about ObamaCare.

  7. March 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Why are we getting mad that people want the President to enforce the laws (his job)? What we should be focusing on is getting unjust laws changed, not ignoring laws.

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  9. Douglas
    April 3, 2014 at 6:55 am

    The cops in Corpus have made a point going after marijunan user. They have strip down there old cars and are useing them to creep up on u. I had one act like he was going to cut be off, As if the are going in for the bust. They like to spook u. See what u do. Police. I herd they try to start a N.O.R.M.L down here but I have not seen any thing of it. If u come out and say u are pro cannabis the law will start to investagate u and bust u, We need help here.

    • April 3, 2014 at 7:49 am

      There is no help. I’m getting out of Texas. If you think it’s going to change anytime soon… it’s just not. Too many old, conservative, hard drinking, bible thumping, good old boys who don’t see the irony of busting potheads while they toss back beer and hard liquor like it’s going out of style. There are actually places in this country where it is not that way, and I am moving to one of them.