NC and Texas Democrats pass resolutions to support MMJ and industrial hemp

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Green Wizard, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. The democrats get it.

    North Carolina Democratic Party Passes Resolutions in Support of Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

    North Carolina Democratic Party Passes Resolutions in Support of Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp

    by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Coordinator June 19, 2012

    Hot on the heels of the Texas Democratic Party's endorsement of marijuana decriminalization, the North Carolina Democratic Party endorsed two resolutions in support of marijuana law reform of their own. On Saturday, June 16th, the party held their state convention in Raleigh, NC. During this meeting they passed two reform minded resolutions, one calling for the legalization of medical marijuana and one for the industrial cultivation of hemp. The official text of the resolutions are as follows:


    WHEREAS, “Medical Marijuana” has been demonstrated to be an effective drug for treatment of certain human ailments; and
    WHEREAS, Current North Carolina law denies doctors the right to treat patients by prescribing
    Medical Marijuana; and
    WHEREAS, Many states currently allow doctors to prescribe Medical Marijuana, a policy resulting in relief from pain and suffering for their patients; and
    WHEREAS, Many other treatments legally prescribed by doctors are known to be extremely dangerous when misused.
    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the State of North Carolina grant doctors the right to prescribe Medical Marijuana in the same way they prescribe other drugs; and
    BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That the State of North Carolina legalize the use of Medical Marijuana.


    WHEREAS, in 2006, the N.C. State Legislature passed a Bill (House 1723/Senate 1572) to create an independent commission to study the beneficial uses of industrial hemp, among other studies, but there has never been any report or follow through to the study, and
    WHEREAS, American companies are forced to import millions of dollar's worth of hemp seed and fiber products annually from Canada, Europe, and China, thereby effectively denying American farmers an opportunity to compete and share in the profits; and
    WHEREAS, nutritious hemp foods can be found in grocery stores nationwide and strong durable hemp fibers can be found in the interior parts of millions of American cars; and
    WHEREAS, buildings are being constructed using hemp and lime mixture, thereby sequestering carbon; and
    WHEREAS, retail sales of hemp products in this country are estimated to be over $400 million annually; and
    WHEREAS, industrial hemp is a high-value low input crop that is not genetically modified, requires little or no pesticides, can be dry land farmed, and uses less fertilizer than wheat and corn; and
    WHEREAS, the reluctance of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to permit industrial hemp farming is denying agricultural producers in this country the ability to benefit from a high value, low-input crop, which can provide significant economic benefits to producers and manufacturers; and
    WHEREAS, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration has the authority under the Controlled Substances Act to allow this state to regulate industrial hemp farming under existing laws and without requiring individual federal applications and licenses.
    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That N.C. Democratic Party urge legislators to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity; to define industrial hemp in Federal law as non-psychoactive and genetically identifiable species of the genus Cannabis; to acknowledge that allowing and encouraging farmers to produce industrial hemp will improve the balance of trade by promoting domestic sources of industrial hemp; and to assist United States producers by removing barriers to State regulation of the commercial production of industrial hemp; and
    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we urge the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to allow the State to regulate industrial hemp farming under existing state laws and regulations, or those to be passed, without requiring federal applications, licenses, or fees; and
    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State shall forward copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, the Attorney General of the United States, the Administrator of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the United States Secretary of Agriculture, and to each member of the state's Congressional Delegation.

    Source: North Carolina Democratic Party 2012 Resolutions

    When politicians long considered opposed to marijuana law reform, such as those in Texas and North Carolina, openly endorse rational marijuana policy measures, you have to ask yourself: Just how many more dominos need to fall before our federal politicians finally wake up and end our country's war on cannabis consumers? At lest one thing is certain, however, and that is all the momentum is behind reform and these recent victories for sensible marijuana laws are only just the beginning.
  2. What are two industries that could generate massive benefit to the planet, but are outlawed by superstition, misinformation, and greed?

    Unfortunately, those are the three main political planks of the opposition.

    It's not a partisan issue, or shouldn't be, when the most useful and beneficial plants we know of are awaiting their release from the hidey-hole of liars.

    Republicans need to stop choking back the admission that even they know the law is wrong, and that science can prove that any federal policy is a moot point, and get the advantage of being ACTUALLY right about something, at least this once.

    Ron Paul would do it. Mitt Romney has a reverse Pinocchio syndrome...every time he tells the truth, his dick gets smaller. That's why he lies like it gives him a hard-on.
  3. So my question is, why aren't the republicans taking more of a charge on these issues? You know, the issues we REALLY care about?
  4. Yeah why aren't the Republicans being as good on MMJ as Obama... oh wait...

  5. You just wait until obama's second term...
  6. ^^

    you seem a tad angry.

    you gonna be ok buddy?
  7. because they have to pander to the old ladies and religious wackos.
    and those people hate weed.

  8. how does that make you feel?
  9. keep hoping for change :wave:

  10. Oh yeah? So his plan was to completely ass rape the nation for one term, then hope to get reelected so that he can then change all of his stances and suddenly gain principles and make this country great again? The whole corporatist warmonger thing was just a charade to enable him access to the ruling elite, so he can talk to them all and reason with them to change their collective minds, but killing thousands of civilians was required for this little coup to be effective. Sounds plausible...

  11. The ol' hate on obama mantra is sooooo tired. This thread isn't even about obama. It's about state political parties rallying around the marijuana movement. It just so happens to be the democrats. So why vote republican? You really care about the top earners keeping their bush-era tax breaks over marijuana?

  12. it's not bush era tax breaks.. these "breaks" have been in effect for over 10 years and have been extended by a whole new regime.

    they are the tax rates.. not a tax cut.

    why can't we have both? legal weed and low taxes.. why does it have to be one or the other?

    raising things like the cap gains tax effects more than just rich people.

  13. Well apparently republicans hate the devil weed, but want to lower your taxes (at least that's what they claim, Bush Sr. raised taxes in the 90's when he made a campaign promise to lower them). Democrats are the other way around, at least if your a high income earner.

  14. The Bush tax cuts were across the entire range of incomes, including the very lowest.

    If the Bush cuts were repealed, the lowest bracket of 10% would be eliminated and replaced with the old 15% rate, or a 50% increase.

    So you want to increase taxes on low income earners by 50%. Congrats.

  15. No, that's not what I want. But if you told me you were going to legalize marijuana, but would also have to increase my taxes, I'd be down.
  16. Democrats just wanna tax my WEED MAN!?!?!

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