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