Report: Pelosi Says Congressional Action on Medical Pot is “Really Important”

Raw Story reportsthat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has confirmed her support for  medical marijuana, and even  suggested that Democrats might consider changes to federal marijuana laws after the election.
“I’ve been very clear on the subject of medical marijuana over time, in committee and on the floor as leader,” Pelosi told Raw Story.  “I think that it would be really important to do that.” She continued:

It would be hard for anyone to agree with the fact that someone who has HIV/AIDS or has cancer and they find relief from pain in medicinal marijuana that should be something that should be a priority to raid on the part of the Justice Department. Going along with that, we need to address some of the penalties for any non-violent crime that are out there.

In May, Pelosi attacked the Obama administration’s war on drugs, criticizing the federal raids on marijuana dispensaries along the California coast.

According to Raw Story, Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) too supports Congressional marijuana law reform and opposes federal intervention in medical programs.  

“What you see is incremental changes on medical marijuana. Congress will not lead but follow what seems to be a trend in America,” Farr told Raw Story.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) also told Raw Story, “I think our marijuana policy in this country is absolutely nuts,” predicting a national shift to support medical marijuana within the decade.

Blumenauer’s predictions may be on point -- more than ever, Americans support medical marijuana, with 50% of Americans supporting legalization, and 70% supporting medicinal pot.

AlterNet / By Angela Lee

Posted at July 11, 2012, 12:03pm

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