Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Editor: Douglas A. Berman
Moritz College of Law

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Rep Earl Blumenauer predicts end to federal marijuana prohibition in four years or less

This notable new local article reports on notable new comments by a notable long-standing advocate for marijuana reform in Congress. The full headline of the piece is "U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer Says Cannabis May Be De-Regulated Nationwide Within Four Years. 'If we do our job, it’s game over in 2 years'." Here are excerpts:

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) believes the end of the battle to legalize marijuana across the United States is fewer than four years away.

"I made a bet that within five years, every state will be able to treat cannabis like alcohol and there will be universal access to medical marijuana," he told a crowd of cannabis business owners at Cultivation Classic in Revolution Hall Saturday afternoon. "If we do our job, it's game over in 2 years."

Blumenauer, a longtime champion of legal weed, said the 2018 elections could be pivotal to removing cannabis from the federal list of Schedule 1 narcotics, like heroin and methamphetamine. "If Democrats control the House of Representatives in the first months of the next Congress in 2019," said Blumenauer, "we will be having hearings on de-scheduling."...

"I don't second-guess people's motives if they're wiling to evolve," Blumenauer says, "whether its for political expediency, whether it's that they've seen the light, whether they're fed up with the racial injustice seen in drug laws or if its a commercial opportunity."

With growing support across the states on both sides of the political aisle, Blumenauer says he sees cannabis being de-regulated very soon. "It will be a sea change and it is within our grasp," he says.

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Anyone claiming harm from marijuana must specify the dose. The same could happen to anyone drinking more water than the kidneys can put out. Water intoxication results in swelling of brain cells crushing against the skull, seizures, then death. There has been no overdose death from marijuana. All marijuana deaths have resulted from car crashes from impaired driving.

Ending federal prohibition is supported by the facts. This is a rare subject worthy of bipartisan agreement.

Posted by: David Behar | May 14, 2018 7:52:29 AM

Methamphetamine is not a schedule 1 narcotic.

Posted by: Red | May 15, 2018 11:16:33 AM

Good point, Red. I wonder if the Rep or the reporter got that wrong here...

Posted by: Doug B. | May 15, 2018 11:25:26 AM

I am not sure but sent a response to the Oregon representative. I rather the facts be correct if we expect marijuana law reform.

Posted by: Red | May 15, 2018 11:28:10 AM

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