Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act
 
Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act
Written By Kathy Valente   |   08.31.21

If they have their way, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), want the entire nation to be able to get high by legalizing marijuana on a federal level. They evidently do not understand God’s warning to us in 1 Peter 5:8, which gives our adversary a huge advantage.

The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act will decriminalize cannabis at the federal level, expunge federal non-violent cannabis convictions, and fund nonprofits that would provide services to those most affected by the War on Drugs.” **

Let’s keep in mind that George Soros’ billions are behind the push to legalize drugs. He was also behind the push to legalize same sex marriage. George Soros wants to destroy America.

The Schumer bill has not yet been introduced in Congress, but a final version is expected by the end of the year. The first sentence in the Draft reads:

“The War on Drugs has been a war on people – particularly people of color.”

And there you have it. They’re pulling the race card, yet again. It’s what leftists use to silence their opposition when they have no facts to support their position.

The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area has the best available data. It shows the devastating consequences of removing drug restriction policies.

  • Since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2013, traffic fatalities where drivers tested positive for marijuana increased 135% while all Colorado traffic deaths increased 24%.
  • Past month marijuana use (ages 12 and older) increased 30% and is 76% higher than the national average.
  • The percent of suicides in which toxicology results were positive for marijuana has increased from 14% in 2013 to 23% in 2018. (Due to an 18-month lapse in detailed suicide circumstances and toxicology information from coroner and law enforcement records, 2018 is the most recent year available.)
  • In 2009, the year of commercialization, there were 50 suicides with marijuana marijuana present in the toxicology report. The year of legalization, 2013, there were 105. In 2018, there were 218.
  • Plus Opioid deaths have steadily increased since legalization, contrary to the narrative leading us to believe marijuana legalization will curtail the opioid crisis.

  • Calls to the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center about marijuana ONLY exposures: 86 in 2013 (legalization); 223 in 2019.
  • There are only 10 Colorado Investigative Drug Task Force teams. Despite over 500 recreational marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, the black market has continued to be driven by the criminal organizations trafficking marijuana to other states. The chart shows the amount of black-market marijuana that has been seized 4-6 years after legalization. The seized marijuana is part of doing business in the drug industry and a small portion compared to what’s actually being sold. The black-market is thriving.

  • Sixty seven percent of local jurisdictions in Colorado have banned “medical” and recreational marijuana businesses.

**The War on Drugs is another deceptive way to silence opposition by claiming that Black men and women are disproportionately targeted and make up the greatest number of incarcerations. This so-called War on Drugs term was used over and over to legalize recreational marijuana in every state that legalized marijuana and is still being used.

Legalization is in reality a war on American families, youth, and communities who suffer the unmeasurable loss of loved ones who have fallen into the drug trap with the help of leftists who are intent on making dangerous drugs more readily available.

Ed Ronkowski, retired Cook County prosecutor of 3 decades, wrote the book Narcotics Law that was still being used after his retirement. He wrote that in 2014, the latest report at the time of his article, the Illinois Department of Corrections Annual Report revealed only 1.4% of the prison population was in prison for violations of the Cannabis Control Act. (The Act has been gutted since legalization.) But what he wrote about this 1.4% is critical to understand who we have released back on the streets.

This 1.4% are the dealers doing time, most on plea bargained reduced charges, where seizures are measured in pounds or tons.”

In the Draft, money and low interest loans will be easier to get if you have been affected by the War on Drugs. In other words, the drug dealers will be able to go back to selling drugs. This time with the government’s help and taxpayer’s money. Also, a first-time applicant with income 250% of the Federal Poverty Level can get his fees waived.

A tax is proposed that will be 10% for the first year, then increasing to 15% for year two, 20% in year three, and 25% in the following years. As in other states, it’s the taxes that drive up the costs and subsequently cause the black-market to sell at lower prices and flourish.

There’s also a section in the Draft that prohibits federal agencies from denying security clearance for past or present cannabis use.

Knowing what’s in this draft, it should make you concerned for yourself and your family’s safety.

Take ACTION: The bill’s authors are asking for the public’s feedback on their proposed draft to legalize marijuana at the federal level. The draft of this federal legislation can be found HERE. You can email your comments to Cannabis_Reform@finance.senate.gov .

IFI will keep you posted should this draft be introduced in the U.S. Senate in the next few years.



Kathy Valente
Kathy joined the IFI team as our Director of Operations in 2008. Previously, Kathy was the state director for Concerned Women for America for 4 years. But even before that, Kathy and Dave worked together as volunteer activists battling pornography and obscenity in the public square. Kathy has consistently taken a stand for traditional Judeo-Christian values and has worked tirelessly to foster a wholesome environment for family living, advocating for high community standards. Kathy recognizes that sexual immorality, pornography, obscenity, promiscuity, state sanctioned abortion and gambling threaten the moral fabric of our society. The well being of our communities, the...
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