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Drug Warriors Worst Nightmare

February 1, 2007

Out with Souder, in with Kucinich. On Jan. 18, Rep. Dennis Kucinich was appointed as chair of the new House Government Reform and Oversight subcommittee on domestic policy, causing drug reform organizations coast-to-coast to rejoice in hopes that a moment for significant change may have finally come.

“He is certainly the polar opposite of his predecessor, Mark Souder,” says Allen St. Pierre, spokesman for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML. “Since the time the [ONDCP] was created in 1988, there have always been friendly people in that subcommittee and the ONDCP has always been able to get what they want under the guise of protecting children and saving America from drugs. But Kucinich doesn’t believe any of that. Any of it!”

For instance, St. Pierre notes, Kucinich is a supporter of industrial hemp, the non-psychoactive product of the cannabis sativa plant. He is also a supporter of medical marijuana and of the federal rescheduling of marijuana, where it is currently illegal as a Schedule I drug, classified as having “no medical value.” This classification clashes with states such as California, which have legalized medical use of marijuana, and leads directly to the current rash of raids on medical marijuana dispensaries by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Kucinich is expected, St. Pierre says, to be a sponsor of a new bill to be introduced in March that would decriminalize pot.

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http://www.lacitybeat.com/article.php id=4969&IssueNum=191

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  1. February 4, 2007 7:53 pm

    okay…he can control the agenda = power. but watch what really happens in the end…does anyone really expect a seated politician today to go against the will of those funding them? they will make a good show, and i know DK has a good heart, but until we get corporate money out of our system, this issue probably will not change. lets see how it comes down….

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