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house Bill H.R. 1538

Does the Federal Government Need to Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws?

Argument in favor

This would finally put a stop to federal interference in state medical marijuana laws that voters asked for. Marijuana has a legitimate medical use, and this bill will protect patients and their caregivers from prosecution.

Michael's Opinion
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09/04/2015
I am not marijuana user and I supported this because of the benefits marijuana give. I kept seeing friends who smokes marijuana for medical usages than take advantage of it to get high. It helps boost their grades and their focus. I'm saying yes to this. This can opens the door to whole new set of cures from marijuana.
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Jim2423's Opinion
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09/04/2015
Marrijuana has been around as long as there has been tobacco. Let's stop wasting valuable monies and treat it like we do alcohol and tobacco. Govern it and tax it. Laws that pertain to operating vehicles remain enforce with under the influence. If caught you pay the penalty. The Feds need to allow states to regulate the laws of marrijuana.
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Tafinzer's Opinion
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03/03/2017
The 10th amendment makes this a non-issue. If it's not written into our constitution it is not a matter that the federal government should be addressing. Marijuana needs to be reclassified.
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Argument opposed

Medical marijuana is often abused by people who just want to use marijuana recreationally. The federal government shouldn’t enable that, and needs to make an example of those who exploit the system.

operaman's Opinion
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09/04/2015
It's still against Fed Law to possess Marihuana. States that passed laws allowing marihuana are in violation of fed law. It's State lawlessness like sanctuary city and immigration
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Brady's Opinion
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03/29/2016
The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution establishes the supremacy of Federal laws and rulings over State laws or rulings. Until the U.S. Government removes marijuana from the list of illegal substances, then any State's law permitting the legal use of marijuana is rendered void by the pre-existing Federal law.
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Jackie 's Opinion
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03/07/2017
This is just a stop gap measure. Either the federal law needs to be changed OR the current law needs to be enforced.
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    I am not marijuana user and I supported this because of the benefits marijuana give. I kept seeing friends who smokes marijuana for medical usages than take advantage of it to get high. It helps boost their grades and their focus. I'm saying yes to this. This can opens the door to whole new set of cures from marijuana.
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    Marrijuana has been around as long as there has been tobacco. Let's stop wasting valuable monies and treat it like we do alcohol and tobacco. Govern it and tax it. Laws that pertain to operating vehicles remain enforce with under the influence. If caught you pay the penalty. The Feds need to allow states to regulate the laws of marrijuana.
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    The 10th amendment makes this a non-issue. If it's not written into our constitution it is not a matter that the federal government should be addressing. Marijuana needs to be reclassified.
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    It is essential that our government respects the decisions of our states.
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    Needs to be legalized nationwide.
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    Legalize, standardize, tax and control like alcohol throughout the country. Penalties for abuse such as operating any type vehicle impaired should be harsh.
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    Heck yes they do! It's kinda a dick move of the Feds to disrespect a states rights. When marijuana has already been proven to be less harmful than alcohol in terms of damage to the body.
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    Regardless of your opinion on the legalization of marijuana, it is important that if you live in an area where marijuana can be given medicinally and you have medicinal marijuana, you can take it without fear of federal prosecution.
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    This is long overdue. Medical marijuana can improve the lives of many people who suffer from chronic medical conditions such as arthritis.
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    People depend on medical marijuana for health purposes. They shouldn't fear prosecution from the federal government just because they want to address their health problems, especially when it's legal in their state. There's no harm to these state laws and so the federal government should respect that.
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    Feds need to stay out of our lives.
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    This falls under the 10th amendment for states rights. Anything not specifically mentioned in the constitution is left for states to decide.
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    American democracy in my understanding is ultimately a government made by the people for the people. If the people have chosen to make this substance legal for medical use in their states the federal government should respect that.
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    It's still against Fed Law to possess Marihuana. States that passed laws allowing marihuana are in violation of fed law. It's State lawlessness like sanctuary city and immigration
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    It should be the people's choice state by state.
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    The Federal Government is already sitting back in regards to states such as Colorado. The next step is to make it official from the Fed's side.
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    The prohibition against marijuana makes no sense. Tax payer money is wasted jailing tons of college kids that have a recreational activities way safer than alcohol and firearms. The practice only serves to jail minorities and introduce marijuana users to actual drug dealers.
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    The federal government needs to choose a path. Currently drug policy is very ambiguous, which negatively affects people who are already suffering from medical conditions -- i.e. Coats v. Dish Network.
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    Rights not specifically endowed/granted by the Constitution to the Federal government are subject to the 10th amendment which gives States their SOVEREIGNTY. This means that the States have LEGAL jurisdiction over such things as they see fit and not for the government to flex their muscles as they so choose.
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    Mo needs to get going on decrim ang legalize.
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