Cannabis at the Capitol: Marijuana industry leaders lobby Congress

FILE- In this Dec. 27, 2013 file photo, different strains of pot are displayed for sale at a marijuana dispensary in Denver. The state of Colorado released a report Monday, April 18, 2016 detailing changes in everything from pot arrests to tax collections to calls to Poison Control. The most striking statistic wasn't a change at all, but the fact that surveys indicate marijuana use by people under 18 didn't rise significantly in the years after the 2012 vote to legalize recreational pot sales. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

By Jennifer Harper – The Washington Times – Thursday, May 12, 2016

Three Democratic lawmakers will herald the start of a two-day lobbying effort by marijuana entrepreneurs on Capitol Hill.

Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Ed Perlmutter of Colorado plus Denny Heck of Washington joined the National Cannabis Industry Association for a press conference Thursday just outside the U.S. House to talk up policy and “advocate for fair treatment of the legal cannabis industry,” according to the organization. They will spend the next two days explaining their situation to as many elected officials as possible.

The trade group is troubled that “legitimate cannabis businesses” often can’t access basic financial services. They take issue with cannabis business who must pay “double or triple the effective federal tax rates of any other industry.” They want marijuana “de-scheduled” from the Controlled Substances Act.

The cannabis entrepreneurs also appear to be intent on changing the image of the emerging industry.

The association itself has a formal code of conduct for its membership and officers them this message: “Lobby Days provide the best opportunity to show our nation’s decision-makers what a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry looks like.”

The group plans a major national expo and business summit in Oakland, California next month. Currently, 19 states the the U.S. have legalized medical marijuana. Four states, as well as the District of Columbia, allow marijuana for both recreational and medical use. Sales nationwide of legal weed are expected to top $4.5 billion this year.

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‘the carrot test’

 

 

Ron Kiczenski

22 hrs

Urgent note to group,the ‘carrot test’:

Are you of the understanding that you were born with the natural human right to plant, grow, harvest and eat a carrot?

If your answer is yes, then by constitutional protections and existing jurisdictional outlines, you have the same protected natural right to plant, grow and utilize cannabis.
When considering voting for an initiative or supporting legislation, or supporting organizations that have anything to do with cannabis, it is imperative to your evaluation that whoever or whatever you support can not only pass the ‘carrot test’, but should reflect such understanding in text and actions/campaigns etc..

The ‘carrot test’ is the ‘Occam’s Razor’ response to the plant species cannabis being outlawed through regulation and or now being “legalized” through the same relative jurisdictional regulations.
The human rights and constitutional problem with outlawing plants are the same in that humans are born with the naturally endowed right to plant, cultivate, harvest and use the naturally occurring plant material for the many needs of their lives from food to medicine and clothes etc..

The constitution of the USA was first and foremost intended to protect the naturally endowed rights of human beings.
The constitution has also provided for government authority to regulate commerce.

The corporate government has first and foremost blurred the lines of jurisdictional authority in that government has outlawed your constitutionally protected naturally endowed right to garden for yourself and your family by way of it’s (governments) constitutionally provided jurisdictional authority over commerce.

In any honest equation aimed at repairing the obvious disparages described above one need first run the carrot test.

The carrot test is simply to ask the question ‘does this proposal, candidate or organization represent an effort to restore my human right to grow and use natural plants for my own needs.

This without exception is the first question we should all be asking because all other commercial regulatory laws need to be formulated on the secure foundation of your human rights or they will continue to not only jurisdictionally extinguish your natural rights, but they will bury any possible litigious path back to restoring such.

Please re-post this note and help folks to understand and implement ‘the carrot’ test a.s.a.p..

People and legislators all over the country are holding meetings and hearings etc. in effort to regulate, tax and “legalize” cannabis in some way. All such activity is an admittance that the corps/Gov. was right all along to outlaw cannabis and further goes to concede that the corps/Gov. does have legitimate jurisdictional authority to outlaw your naturally endowed human rights.

Instead of demanding our naturally endowed rights be restored, we are insisting we never had such and that corporations should supplant our need for such. Our job as humans is to make sure our children are born into a world that lives together and protects naturally endowed physical rights, if we are not doing such then we have failed at life itself. The only necessary hearing right now should be in fed court where we should be holding Gov. responsible/liable for crimes against humanity and nature, and where we should be demanding the restoration of our naturally endowed human rights.