House Votes To Decriminalize Marijuana But Measure Has No Chance In Senate | Talking Points Memo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level. The bill would reverse what supporters called a failed policy of criminalization of pot use and take steps to address racial disparities in enforcement of federal drug laws.


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It’s outrageous that the Senate would be obstructionists on this when the national need for marijuana has never been more dire.

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Republicans policy, outdated, what a shock.

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" But Measure Has No Chance In Senate"

That should be a banner hung in the Senate chambers as long as McConnell is leader.

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Measure Has No Chance In Senate

No doubt a headline we’ll see a few thousand times in the next few years.

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you would think that a handful of libertarian leaning Republicans would be pretty easy to get onboard. I’d think Rand Paul would co-sponsor. I guess I shouldn’t assume every red state Democrat would sign up, but I really don’t think many people care about this any longer.

I’m guessing the banking lobby would sign up.

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Keep doing this. Legalization is the right policy, it is overwhelmingly popular, and it turns out voters.

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Democrats are terrible about making wedge issues out of things like this.

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There’s nothing I’ve read in the past year that made me smile as much as this article did:

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Here’s the roll call: https://clerk.house.gov/evs/2020/roll231.xml

Ed Case (HI-1), Jared Golden (ME-2), and Conor Lamb (PA-17) were the three Dems who voted Nay.

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And bless you for that. hahahahahahahahaha

They’ve done it once, they can do it again when we have a senate that might cooperate. In the meantime this is one big signal flag to the authorities that says Why Bother?

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The GOP Senate doesn’t want to be bothered during their three martini lunches and then have to deal with wacky tabacky…

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Not one from Texas - well hallelujah!

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Thought for sure that Henry Cuellar would be a Nay, but he got something right for a change.

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Look – it’s simple: If you decriminalize, it might lead to people listening to jazz.

(“Or dancing with Negroes!”)

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Well, how the hell else are you gonna put brown folk in jail without a pretext? Jeez, you people…

/s

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Hahaha that’s funny nobody will listen to jazz ever again.

And I say that as a huge fan.

:frowning_face:

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In the House, the three Democrats who voted against were from Hawaii, Maine, and Pennsylvania. Amash from Michigan also voted no!

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