Ken Salazar on Drugs
Democratic Jr Senator (CO)
Salazar noted that he personally opposed passage of the medical marijuana initiative last year for a variety of reasons, including that the initiative could not legalize marijuana use under federal law, as the US Supreme Court has now confirmed. “All Colorado citizens must understand that possession, manufacture and distribution of marijuana by any person or organization, even for purposes of medical treatment, continues to constitute a violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act,” Salazar warned. “’Medical necessity’ is not a defense to the federal prohibition notwithstanding the state’s law to the contrary.”
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to clarify that territories and Indian tribes are eligible to receive grants for confronting the use of methamphetamine.
EXCERPTS OF BILL: Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to include territories and Indian tribes as eligible grant recipients (or reaffirm such eligibility) under the programs to:
LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Passed/agreed to in Senate, by Unanimous Consent.
Sen. FEINSTEIN: This act is designed to address problems that the Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, has identified in the implementation of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005. The bill that I introduce today would:
This is a common-sense bill, designed to strengthen the implementation of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act. This bill would create incentives to ensure that the self-certification process of the law is made both effective and enforceable. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.
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