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Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions September 17, 2014
Rob Portman, R-OH
"It starts with prevention and education. Why? Because we know that approach can work. Obviously, it is the most effective way to deal with this, to keep you from getting into the addiction in the first place. Nearly 20 years ago I joined with leaders around southwest Ohio to form what is called the Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati. I was here in the Congress on the House side. A constituent came to me and said her son had just died from an overdose of smoking marijuana and huffing gasoline. I was ready for her. I had all the statistics as to what we were doing at the Federal level in terms of eradicating crops in places like Colombia, interdicting drugs, prosecuting people, trying to stop the flow of drugs into this country."
Statehood For The District Of Columbia September 11, 2014
Eleanor Norton, D-DC
"We had the same thing happen to another colleague, a Republican from Maryland, who should have known better, who has a particular distaste for the decriminalization of marijuana laws that is happening all over the United States—18 States so far, plus legalization in two States—so he tried to get a law and passed a bill, that we now have kept from getting through the Senate, that would block the District’s recently passed marijuana decriminalization law. Our law would require that it be a fine rather than a conviction for possessing marijuana."
Detention Of Daniel Chong July 29, 2014
Charles Grassley, R-IA
"The DEA is entrusted with a lot of responsibility and authority. We ask the DEA to enforce our drug laws. We ask the DEA to protect our communities. The DEA has a very tough job. The Obama administration is not making that job any easier because this administration is undermining the DEA by turning a blind eye to illegal marijuana trafficking. It is trying to release convicted drug dealers from our prisons. It is trying to reduce the criminal penalties and minimum mandatory sentences for drug dealers who are still on the streets peddling death in our communities. So I understand these are very challenging times for the DEA."
Home Rule For The District Of Columbia July 25, 2014
Eleanor Norton, D-DC
"Then there is another amendment from Representative Andy Harris, an amendment that flies in the face of what is occurring across the country, of course, as 18 States long before the District of Columbia decriminalized their marijuana laws. So, too, has the District of Columbia. But this Member is seeking to meddle in the affairs of the District of Columbia—the local affairs, local matters—and to somehow keep the local legislature from passing a local law just like the laws of those 18 States."
H.R. 5016, “Financial Services And General Government Appropriations Act” July 17, 2014
Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
"I was pleased to see the rejection of an amendment offered by Representative Fleming, which would have rolled back the Administration’s guidance to banks seeking to provide services to state-legal marijuana businesses, and the adoption of an amendment offered by Representative Heck, which will increase access to these services. These were two strong votes to stop forcing state-legal marijuana businesses to operate only in cash, a situation that is unsafe and invites illegal activity. This was a victory for commonsense reform."

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