Tea Partying Steve Stockman Was the Only Texas Rep to Support an Important Pot-Law Amendment

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U.S. Representative Steve Stockman is the Texas lawmaker who is probably least likely to whip out a joint at the party and share it with everyone. He likes families, straight people, guns and fertilized eggs that might one day become babies. He hates liberals.

Not as much as he hates the federal government, though, which is why he was the only Texas lawmaker to sign a new amendment that could make getting medical pot a little easier.

"This is a matter of following the Constitution," his spokesperson Donny Ferguson told Unfair Park in an email.

The House last week passed a historic amendment that would prevent the DEA from raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in states that allow them. The bipartisian amendment isn't law yet, but the 219-189 decision is an encouraging turn in places like California, which legalized medical weed in 1996 yet faced sweeping federal raids on dispensaries as recently as three years ago.

Of course, in Texas, that hasn't been a problem, since no weed of any kind is legal here anyway. But Stockman was one of 12 sponsors who signed the bipartisan amendment. In fact, he was the only Texas lawmaker to be one of the co-sponsors.

This from the same man who voted against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act last year because of a provision that expanded provisions to transgendered people, or, as Stockman described them, "change-gender, or whatever." He added of the transgender protections: "This is helping the liberals, this is horrible. "

It appears then that decriminalizing marijuana is no longer regarded as a "helping the liberals" type of deal. Rick Perry even made some vague statements earlier this year that somewhat embraced marijuana decriminalization.

Stockman, though, frames this as a states' rights issue.

"Someone's personal opinions on marijuana use have no bearing on the fact the federal government cannot use armed agents to invalidate state laws. The Constitution is bigger than personal opinion."


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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Stockman was once caught carrying 30 milligrams of valium in a cellophane wrapper in his underwear.


Stockman compared Obamacare to sexually transmitted diseases.


Stockman has threatened to try and impeach President Obama if he used an executive order to set up new gun restrictions to prevent shooting massacres like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School.


During his first stint in Congress, Stockman accused the federal government of "executing" members of the Branch Davidian cult after the Waco, Texas siege.



Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

“If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted.”

---Steve Stockman


What a shining star this Stockman is to the Republican Regressive Party!


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Indeed.  Since when have the Republican Regressives ever cared a fig for the American People?  Oh, wait, I forgot that corporations are people, too.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Listen to me on this, people -- you will never get pot decriminalization from Democrats.  


1) They are scared to death of being labeled as dopers or soft on crime.  They just can't risk it.  The only ones who can are the ones you know aren't soft on dopers or crime, meaning conservative Republicans.  It's the same way that Nixon was the only one who could go to China -- a Democrat was too scared of being called soft on Communism.  Nixon was immune to the charge.


2) There is too much government money in the War on (fun) Drugs.  As much as the dopers like to think that the Dems represent them, they really represent the unions and the lawyers.  The police union, the prison guard unions, the court system unions, the forced-treatment system unions, and the lawyers who get to make money bothprosecuting and defending people from The System.  There are way too many contributions coming to Dems from people who make their entire living putting poor people in jail for the crime of Having a Good Time.


You want drugs decriminalized?  Point out how much the drug war costs, how much of that goes to unions, and then vote Republican.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Myrna, even evil imbeciles can sometimes do the right thing. Sometimes even for the right reasons.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Who cares if they "care" as long as they vote right?  If your issue is dope, vote Republican, and tell them to defund the drug war.


I'm voting for legislators, not a wife.

weirdozmedia
weirdozmedia

@everlastingphelps Then why did 170 Democrats and only 49 Republicans vote in support of State's rights to legal weed? Your argument makes no sense, trying using some facts to support your position next time instead of just talking out of your ass.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps 

I would say that we will not get pot decriminalization from either entrenched group of politicians or either party.

Those who are profiting from the current and failed War on Drugs are active in and supporters of both the Republican and Democrat parties.

Neither Republicans or Democrats can claim they were behind the legalization of marijuana in Colorado or Washington, as both of those states had the legalization process begun by citizen initiatives.

To claim that Republicans should be voted for based on their support for legaization of marijuana is ludicrous.

anonlibertarian
anonlibertarian

@everlastingphelps I think that the majority of support in Congress came from Democrats, actually.  I'm a libertarian, and have no love for Democrats, but I think it's a little more nuanced than stated above.  It is refreshing, however, to see a Republican hold his nose and actually vote supporting the 10th amendment of the constitution, no matter how unseemly drug use may be to the party of family values. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@everlastingphelps Vote Republican Regressive and repeat the disastrous eight-year Bush administration, which invaded two foreign countries, destroyed the lives of millions, nearly sent the country into another Great Depression, crashed the Stock Market, and allowed 9/11 to happen.  Uh, no thank you very much.

weirdozmedia
weirdozmedia

@everlastingphelps The Republicans are the ones that started the War on Drugs and created the DEA (under Nixon), then heavily ramped up the War in the 80s under Reagan.  If you want to end the War on Drugs the last thing you should do is vote Republican, this stupid War wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for them.


Just look at the recent vote on getting the DEA to back down against legal weed states, which 170 Democrats and only 49 Republicans voted for.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@everlastingphelps  Uh huh...  Vote Republican Regressive and find America once more invading foreign nations.  That's the kind of war the Regressives love.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Because it is safe for them to vote for when the amendment is proposed by a republican and there are enough GOP votes for it to pass.

They didn't vote for it in the three years where they had total control of government and could pass whatever they wanted on a party line vote (like they did obamacare).

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mavdog @everlastingphelps


It's not even decriminalized in Colorado, where in spite of the misleading media headlines, not a single FELONY marijuana statute has been repealed, not a single Misdemeanor marijuana statute has been repealed.


In fact, just a few months ago Colorado INCREASED the Felony level for some trivial marijuana quantity offenses to a CLASS 1 felony -- the same as Rape and Homicide, with an 8 - 32 year prison sentence attached.


The only thing Colorado did was COMMERCIALIZE marijuana sales -- with the State Government and Tax Pigs in total control -- and then naturally begin to attack and marginalize the rights of INDIVIDUAL Patients / Growers to create their own sustainable tax-free supplies.





everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@anonlibertarian @everlastingphelps The Dems held complete control over the Lege and the Executive for 3 years, and instead of ending the drug war, they gave us Obamacare.  (They actually expanded the drug war, including introducing expanding dispensary raids against Obama's campaign promises).


You aren't going to get drug war reform without the GOP leading it.  It isn't an accident that the amendment came from a California Republican.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @everlastingphelps Right, vote Democrat, so you can keep those wars plus some more, destroy millions more live (including here), keep the country in a continuous 8 year depression, pump the stock market up on a bubble (while the rest of us stay poor), and trade back the same Talibani that attacked us on 9/11 for a deserter who wanted to join the Taliban.


Yeah, that's so much better.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @everlastingphelps


Libya.


Syria.


Also, Obama doubled down on Iraq and Afghanistan.


Seriously, is there anything Bush did that you have a problem with that Obama hasn't done MORE?

weirdozmedia
weirdozmedia

@everlastingphelps But the result is that most Dems actually voted in favor of supporting the State's rights where as the mass majority of Republicans voted against it.  So in what way are you saying the Republicans are closer to legalization when all evidence points otherwise?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

A citizen in Colorado may legally cultivate 6 plants for their own use, and possess all of the product from those plants no matter the volume, and can lawfully travel outside their home with up to 1 ounce of marijuana.

that sure is "decriminalization" of use by the individual...the State didn't decriminalize the business of selling pot.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz BTW, everyone should note that what Myrna HASN'T talked about is how voting Democrat will end the drug war -- because it wont.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Here's the deal on this. So what if Stockman is a dinosaur or... even a broken clock is right once in a while. So we'll take this one, and hope his progressive impulse grows.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@weirdozmedia @everlastingphelps I didn't say that they are closer, I said that they are the only ones that can do it.  Dems can't and won't.  They had complete control over the entire federal government for three years, and they did nothing to end the drug war in that time.  Instead, they accelerated the militarization of the police, added police to agencies that don't even need them (why does the Dept of Agriculture have a SWAT team?) and shoved Obamcare down the country's throat.


Dems won't ever end the drug war.  If the 2008-2011 timeframe teaches anything, it is that they will expand it, because the police unions are a prime constituency for them, as is the entire penal system.  You aren't going to budge them on it.  You can budge conservatives like Stockman, on the fiscal and civil liberty side, and once they have the cover of "this is a GOP thing and we're just agreeing with them because we are wonderful bipartisans and it's about time they did something about the drug war" then they will vote for reforms.

weirdozmedia
weirdozmedia

@DonkeyHotay @everlastingphelps He hasn't provided a single shred of evidence that the Republicans are remotely close to ending the War on Drugs, so what exactly did he get "right"?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mavdog ... FALSE, that pathetic A64 only applies to those citizens over 21 years old, explicitly excluding ALL ADULTS under 21 from ANY LEGAL access to rec. marijuana, not a single plant, not a single joint, under CRIMINAL penalty of law.


And for those over 21,


NO more than 3 (three) of which are producing mature flowers.


Sprout 7 seeds, or have 4 in flower, and it's a CRIMINAL offense, same as before.


Dare SELL a SINGLE GRAM to another consenting adult, and it's A FELONY, same as before.


Dare USE or DISPLAY that pathetic ounce in Public, and it's a CRIMINAL offense, same as before.


If that's "decriminalization" to you -- or "legalization" as the lame-stream media and the pot pimps are promoting, then who needs the DEA's anti-pot propaganda?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps

Dems can't and won't. They had complete control over the entire federal government for three years, and they did nothing to end the drug war in that time

That is an interesting stance to take in support of your argument. Let's look back in time to oh, say 2003-2007, when the Republican party were the majority in the Senate and the House, as well as occupying the White House.

so, Republican's can't and won't either...

weirdozmedia
weirdozmedia

@everlastingphelps @weirdozmedia What you're saying has nothing to do with reality, you're so blinded by partisan politics you're not thinking rationally anymore.  The GOP created the DEA, created the War on Drugs, created the for profit prison system and continue to support all of the above.  The Democrats are the only ones voting in majority for State's rights, point blank.  The proof is in the votes, and what you're saying simply has no leg to stand on and no basis in reality.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@weirdozmedia ... his analysis that Politicians will "pretend" to support something to gain additional constituents, knowing that the Bill or Amendment they are supporting actually has no chance of passing into law, thereby retaining their core opposing constituency.

weirdozmedia
weirdozmedia

@DonkeyHotay @mavdog The Republicans just voted heavily in favor of the DEA's anti-pot propaganda so I'm not sure what your point is.. in fact I don't think you're even sure of what your point is.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 

oh, then the fact that an adult (defined as 21 yrs or older) can legally possess and grow a set amount of marijuana, either in their home or outside their home without fear of being charged as a criminal is not "legalization" nor "decriminalization" in your view?

your cup is definitely half empty when it should be half full....

weirdozmedia
weirdozmedia

@DonkeyHotay @weirdozmedia Doesn't matter what the motive is, the proof is plain to see.  Republicans continue to vote in majority against State's rights, while the Democrats vote in majority supporting State's rights.  Anything else is just bs spin.


I couldn't care less what party gets things done the way I want, I simply vote based on action.  And currently the Democrats are the only party taking what I consider proper actions - voting in support of State's rights and voting in support of Net Neutrality, both of which the Republicans have made clear they do not support in mass.  If they miraculously switch viewpoints with each other I'd be happy to vote red, but I don't see that happening anytime in the foreseeable future. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@weirdozmedia ... the point is the stoners themselves have adopted and surrendered to an anti-pot pro-government continuation of prohibition -- dressed up as Faux Legalization.


Eg. Mavdog's idiotic claims that Colorado LEGALIZED marijuana.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mavdog ... prior to A64, possession of 2 (two) ounces of recreational marijuana -- by ANYONE of ANY AGE -- was NOT a Jailable crime in Colorado, merely a $100 fine summary offense. 


All A64 did was eliminate that fine -- for some people -- and REDUCE the quantity to 1 (one) pathetic ounce,  while EXCLUDING the very demographic group that suffers the most citations, arrests and prosecutions for marijuana -- THOSE UNDER 21 !!


How fucking cynical was that? 


... it was neither legalized nor decriminalized for ANY ADULT under 21.



Remember -- NOT a SINGLE FELONY Statute was repealed from Colorado Law regarding marijuana.


People are still being arrested, and prosecuted, and facing up to 32 years in prison for trivial quantities between consenting citizens. Boulder Colorado just ran a major SWAT raid on homeless people who were distributing grams, joints, and eighths ... pot that they had purchased from a dispensary.


With surrender monkeys like you claiming such a CONTINUATION of CRIMINAL PROHIBITION as a "victory", or "decriminalization", it's no wonder pot is, has been, and remains ILLEGAL after all these decades.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@weirdozmedia "State's rights"


LOL! ... spoken like a true Teabagger


HipTip: States don't have "rights", they are granted Powers. Individuals have rights.


hth.

JayJay
JayJay

@DonkeyHotay "possession of 2 (two) ounces of recreational marijuana -- by ANYONE of ANY AGE -- was NOT a Jailable crime in Colorado, merely a $100 fine summary offense. "


Possession of up to two ounces is still decriminalized. You are wrong.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

The only marijuana felonies are acts related to those who are engaging in the commerce outside of the regulations. This also applies to many other industries for products that have a controlled structure around them.

Why anyone would scream about the laws not allowing minors to freely possess and use marijuana is bizarre to say the least.

Individuals who cultivate, possess and enjoy marijuana for their own use have no fear of prosecution.

Your shrill rhetoric ignores these rights gained and exercised daily in Colorado.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@everlastingphelps

The bitter clingers will never accept that Bush, acting with majority support, liberated 50,000,000 people and gave them a chance at self-determination, so every time a Muslim kills a Muslim, the clingers accuse Bush of killing some arbitrary number of Muslims.

You can bet your bottom dollar that the clingers will celebrate when and if the Islamists, Al Qaida and the Taliban re-stake control and take away any advance in woman's rights, human rights and freedoms Americans fought for.

It must be hard for the dears to resist the overwhelming urge to spit in a soldier's face.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JayJay ... you really have no idea what you're yammering about.


Colorado's A64 only allows 1 (one) pathetic ounce, and only for those over 21, leaving everyone under 21 without any legal protection for rec. marijuana.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mavdog  "Individuals who cultivate, possess and enjoy marijuana for their own use have no fear of prosecution."


Complete BULLSHIT.


It's a CRIMINAL OFFENSE for ALL ADULTS under 21 to cultivate or possess ANY marijuana.


Why do you lie so much?

txsouthpaw
txsouthpaw

@TheRuddSki  Iraq's population isn't 50 million (it's 32.5+ million) and there is slim to no self determination there. It's simply another battle ground for the newest proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. We just happened to dump $1 Trillion into it while overseeing the slaughter of 175,000 people with the end result of gifting it to Iran. Talabani and Malaki are every bit as ruthless as Hussein, just less flamboyant about it. Their militias pillage Sunni communities and are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousand of civilians. The only remotely functional part of the country is that run by the Kurds in the North where the only thing separating them from the fate of the Sunnis is a more seasoned militia (the PKK). Iraq is a failed state whose institutions are covered by a thin veneer of legitimacy by U.S. propaganda. We simply refuse to recognize and learn from our colossal mistakes By the way, I thought you were conservative.

JayJay
JayJay

@DonkeyHotay @JayJay Incorrect. Possession for those 18 and up for two ounces or less is still decriminalized and carries no more than a fine. 


It's even decriminalized for minors under certain weight amounts as well. 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

It's a CRIMINAL OFFENSE for ALL ADULTS under 21 to cultivate or possess ANY marijuana

yes, all adults 21 years or older in age can legally cultivate and possess marijuana. all those who are not adults 21 years of age or older may not. that is just like the alcohol law in Colorado.

again, why do you continue to moan and scream about those who are not adults 21 years or older being prohibited from possessing or growing marijuana? bizarre to say the least.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mavdog ... so you admit you lied.


Now tell us -- being the prohibitionist pig that you are -- why is rec. marijuana so harmful and dangerous that NO ADULTS under 21 years old should be allowed ANY LEGAL ACCESS to it, under CRIMINAL PENALTY of Law as it is in Colorado?


Why is marijuana so harmful and dangerous that any adult under 21 years old should face FELONY charges for sprouting a single seed, as it is in Colorado.?


Why is marijuana so harmful and dangerous that NO INDIVIDUAL of any age should be allowed to sell even a single joint to another consenting Adult -- not friend, not family -- under Felony penalty of law


Why is marijuana so harmful and dangerous that even for those over 21, sprouting 7 (seven) seeds should be a criminal offense?


Why is marijuana so harmful and dangerous that, as recently enacted in Colorado, providing ANY quantity of marijuana to anyone underage -- even if it is the friend or family -- that it deserves to be a CLASS 1 FELONY -- same as Rape and Homicide 8-32 years in prison !! 



What idiot would call that "legalization" ?



mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 

"so you admit you lied'

good grief, when did you stop beating your wife Donkey?

I am posting the facts. you OTOH seem to be yelling that if marijuana is not legal for everyone, even minors, it isn't "legalization". ridiculous. immature to say the least.

We have as a society established that those under a established age, in this case 21 years, are not old enough to make the decision about ingesting alcohol and drugs. Yes, marijuana IS a drug. It is not a dangerous drug but nonetheless it IS a drug.

Should the laws allow for more liberal distribution? Glad to discuss that concept, but you are not capable of that apparently, all you do is scream inaccuracies and false claims such as "liar".

you should really not be so scorced earth on those who share your goals but don't have as extreme a position.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mavdog "that is just like the alcohol law in Colorado."


More delusional idiocy.


What Colorado alcohol law limits you to possessing only 1 six-pack, or 1 bottle of wine or whisky, under CRIMINAL penalty of law?


What Colorado alcohol law makes it a CLASS 1 FELONY to provide beer to a minor?


What Colorado alcohol law makes it a FELONY for an ADULT under 21 to possess a six-pack?


Keep lying, clown, you have ZERO credibility left.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mavdog "I am posting the facts"


Fact -- A64's pathetically puny 1 (one) ounce limit is LESS than what Colorado Statute had previously "decriminalized", 2 (two) ounces for anyone of any age. A64 further restricts its coverage to only those over 21.


Fact -- A64 deliberately EXCLUDES EVERYONE under 21 yrs old from any coverage - they are not allowed a single gram, nor a single plant, under criminal penalty of law.

The grotesque cynicism of deliberately excluding the very age demographic that suffers nearly 50% of all marijuana prosecutions shows just how perversely pro-law enforcement the prohibitionists who wrote and promoted A64 actually are. 


Fact -- A64 does NOT allow ANY personal sales between consenting adults. Selling even one gram to a friend or acquaintance remains a FELONY!  


Fact -- A64 does NOT allow ANY Public Display or Use.


Fact -- A64 does not repeal or a single FELONY Marijuana Statute in Colorado.


Fact -- A64 does not repeal any Misdemeanor marijuana possession statutes in Colorado. 

Fact -- after A64 passed, Colorado INCREASED some marijuana crimes to a CLASS 1 FELONY, equal to Rape and Homicide, with prison sentences of 8 to 32 years!


Fact -- only a brain-dead bong-sucking stoner or a government prohibitionist shill would call that "legalization".



mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 

What Colorado alcohol law makes it a CLASS 1 FELONY to provide beer to a minor?

well, since you asked....

Under Colorado law, any adult who knowingly helps a person under age 18 break the law can be charged with this Class 4 Felony. This includes providing alcoholic beverages to minors. A Class 4 Felony conviction carries serious penalties including 2 to 6 years in prison, and fines ranging from $2,000 to $500,000. 

http://speaknowcolorado.org/fact-zone/know-the-law/

did you see that? it was YOUR credibility flying out the window....

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