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Gabbard Urges Federal Marijuana Decriminalization

Posted May 17, 2017, 03:20 PM HST

Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaiʻi joined Rep. Tom Garrett (VA-05) in a press conference today, urging Congress to pass H.R.1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.

Left to right: Haley Smith, Beth Collins, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and Rep. Tom Garrett urge Congress to pass the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. Photo Courtesy

They were joined by Beth Collins and Lisa Smith who shared their personal stories of how by providing CBD oil to their children who suffer from near-constant seizures, they risk Federal prosecution simply due to the conflicting laws between the state and Federal government.

If passed, the bill would take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list—treating it the same as substances like alcohol and tobacco.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said, “Our archaic Federal laws relating to marijuana are hurting people, tearing families apart, turning everyday Americans into criminals, and negatively impacting our economy, all at a tremendous cost to taxpayers as billions are spent on an over-burdened and broken criminal justice system.”

She also noted the opioid addiction epidemic continues to spread across the country and states that have legalized medical marijuana have seen addiction rates drop and opioid abuse deaths decrease by over 20%.


“Medical marijuana has helped children like Haley Smith living with Dravet syndrome reduce her seizures and other symptoms. But her mother Lisa lives with the fear of Federal prosecution every day. Our current policy makes no sense. This bill is a bipartisan effort that will be a great step forward in solving many of the fiscal and social challenges that our current policy is causing, and I urge my colleagues to support the passage of this bill,” Rep. Gabbard continued.


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard supports the full legalization of marijuana on the federal level as part of her overall effort toward criminal justice reform. She recently visited correctional facilities throughout Hawaiʻi, and met with inmates, criminal justice advocates and experts, health professionals, educators and others to discuss reducing recidivism and her continued efforts to pass federal criminal justice reform legislation like the SAFE Justice Act and the Sentencing Reform Act.

Gabbard says the bill would also eliminate key barriers to developing an industrial hemp industry which would create jobs and provide economic opportunity to communities in Hawaiʻi, and across the country. Rep. Gabbard has also supported legislation like the Industrial Hemp Farming Act to support the cultivation of industrial hemp in Hawaiʻi and nationwide.


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Les Miller Bad idea. Colorado highway deaths way up related to weedMay 17, 2017 03:40pm
Lauri K. Strain Go Gabby! GO!May 17, 2017 04:16pm
Gabriel Paniagua 🙃May 17, 2017 04:17pm
Abe K Mossman Smart ..idea ..more revenue for the state ..👌✌May 17, 2017 04:22pm
Gina DeVall Hart 🙄🙄🙄🙄May 17, 2017 04:24pm
Jim Lusby Can't buy a lottery ticket but you can get stoned which is worse???May 17, 2017 04:25pm
Maharet LeFay And can then be taxed, which will open the door for many jobs as well as $$$ for the state. We are way to far behind on this movement. Many people would benefit from being able to come here and heal. Please Please Please!!!May 17, 2017 04:34pm
Stacia L Miller I think they need to focus on the meth issue not weed which is medicinal and natural.May 17, 2017 05:24pm
Mark Higashide It's about time! Mahalo for all your hard work Tulsi.May 17, 2017 05:34pm
Jim Mattes Dimmywit will not be happy till everyone is addicted to one drug or another.May 17, 2017 05:36pm
James Kong Then all the medical marijuana dispensaries will go bankrupt... Good move Libs...May 17, 2017 05:37pm
James Man Crazy Gabby strikes againMay 17, 2017 06:23pm
Tanah Morin Don't don't Colorado is ridiculous with the accidents and influx of people... it will cause your rent to sky rocket. Imagine your $1500 per month rent changing to $2100 overnight. Your wages won't cover the increase. Beware.May 17, 2017 06:55pm
Tom Barnes whuck? what are you talking about? If weed is legal everywhere, and treated like alcohol and tobacco, people won't "flock" anywhere and rents won't go up because it will be LEGAL - and people won't have to travel someplace to enjoy it.May 17, 2017 08:12pm
Tom Barnes DO IT TULSI! DOOOO IIITTTTT!!!!! 👍🏼 👍🏼 👍🏼May 17, 2017 08:12pm
Tom Barnes Dispensaries only exist because cannabis/THC is currently a schedule 1 controlled substance. if it were on the same playing field as alcohol & tobacco, you could purchase it at the same outlets that you buy alcohol and tobacco from theoretically - effectively removing the need for a dispensary.May 17, 2017 08:52pm
Lottie Tagupa Gabbard is a cult memberMay 17, 2017 09:05pm
Lottie Tagupa U say that like it's going to happen before next month's rent is dueMay 17, 2017 09:06pm
Lava Leiula Fux thatMay 17, 2017 10:21pm
Tom Barnes I.. uhh... I don't understand... what did I do?May 17, 2017 11:07pm
Tim Reed About time!!May 17, 2017 11:42pm
Tobias Karadut Thats why it should be legal and not on level above heroin.May 17, 2017 11:52pm
Tobias Karadut Source.May 17, 2017 11:52pm
Tobias Karadut Marijuana is not addictiv. You should worry about Oxys and how Opioids are getting more and more people hooked on heroin. And thats a legal business.May 17, 2017 11:53pm
Mark Boyle GoodMay 18, 2017 12:54am
Mark Boyle Makes yang wanna buy stock in fast food jointsMay 18, 2017 12:56am
Tanah Morin Once the rent goes up it doesn't come down. It's legal yes, but so is the fact the cost of living booms. My rent went from 800 to 1200 in 24 months.May 18, 2017 01:35am
Tanah Morin And I lived in Hawaii for 25 years, my family is there. I am nervous for Hawaii that once it becomes legal the cost of everything goes up...I see what happened here overnight...I don't want to see it happen to Hawaii and my family.May 18, 2017 01:39am
Stacia L Miller What dispensaries? There aren't any on the Big IslandMay 18, 2017 02:27am
Les Miller Denver Post 1/30/17. Up 11% since legalization. 11% is equivalent to thousands of lives.May 18, 2017 03:26am
Maurice Florance III tanah youre wrong i live in col and az we s doing great , alot better then hawaii in everyy respectMay 18, 2017 03:55am
Christine Peterson Pike Bring in more tax for the state? When you buy it, you pay the tax. So, basically, more money out of your pocket. SMHMay 18, 2017 04:31am
Tom Barnes Tanah, if Marijuana is taken off the schedule 1 list, then it can be sold almost EVERYWHERE - like alcohol and tobacco - with some federal and state oversight & regulations. People won't need to leave their current home state to purchase THC/cannabis products... Rents and home prices won't go up because weed-based products will be available almost everywhere, like alcohol and tobacco. There won't be any "magnet" states or cities, Marijuana would be legal NATIONWIDE.May 18, 2017 05:48am
Lauri K. Strain Alcohol is worse. If you are against marijuana you should also close all bars and liquor stores and stop being hypocrites.May 18, 2017 05:53am
Tanah Morin But until then......hope hawaii is the last state because each early state will maximize the money they will get. But not until all states sign on. Every early state will be a magnet. Hope Hawaii is the last because right now it's expensive . And with captive roads, streets and Highway system. Many will be dying at the hand of alcohol and pot or heaven forbid both! And with a business market....cost of pot will definitely increase.... Hawaii hasn't experienced it as of yet...Colorado has....Companies still drug test because they don't have to hire a person who has it in their system. And here you can smoke it in your car. Not it public or in an apartment. A person can in their own home of course. But I'm talking about renters. Not home owners.May 18, 2017 07:00am
Gary Allison Morey Maybe the medical cannabis should be available by prescription at the pharmacy.May 18, 2017 07:13am
Becky Jones The state will slap a hefty tax on it and people will continue to buy it under the table in order to get it cheaper (or grow their own)--just like they do in the other states where it has been legalized at the state level--the black market will continue whether it is illegal or not.May 18, 2017 10:09am
Les Miller Tax revenue will only benefit the politicians and their cronies.May 18, 2017 10:16am
Abe K Mossman Wrong ..by legalizing the price goes down in the streets ..it ain't gonna change anything but the state will get a cut ..May 18, 2017 10:17am

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