A piece of good news in Congress. Howard Wooldridge tells me that the Congressional Black Caucus, led by John Conyers, has begun to sponsor HR 2306 (“Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011”) with four signed on and more expected. Also Raul Grijalva is the first, but will not be the last, Hispanic representative to sign on.
This is great news. I’ve given the black caucus a hard time in the past for their opposition to reforms that would help their constituents, but this is a very positive sign.
This isn’t going to happen immediately, but getting more people to sign on to this bill will have an impact down the road.
Here’s one Representative, however, who has said that he will vote “NO” on 2306: Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas.
Take a look at what’s important to Neugebauer on his House site:
House Republicans launched the 10th Amendment Task Force this week that is dedicated to developing and promoting proposals that aim to disperse power, decision-making, and money from Washington back to states, local governments, and individuals. I am honored to be one of the 10 original founders of this group.
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” –James Madison, Federalist Papers, No. 45, January 26, 1788
The goal here is simple: We want to empower the American people to take their place in governing this nation, not bureaucrats in Washington. The 10th Amendment doesnâ€™t support a government run from the top down. It ensures a government run from the bottom up, by the people. The American people want real choice and a real vision for a better government. What we need to is to restore power back to the people and get back in line with the conservative principles of our Founding Fathers.
Here’s Congressman Neugebauer’s Facebook Page, in case any of you want to point out that it’s hard to justify supporting the tenth amendment and yet opposing the elimination of federal prohibition of marijuana.