Barney Frank and Ron Paul unite — over weed

The “strange bedfellows of the week” award might just land at the feet of Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank and Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul.

Thursday the pair plan together to unveil legislation to legalize marijuana. (NCAA drug testing shows increase in pot use)

According to a press release from the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the two congressmen will introduce “bi-partisan legislation tomorrow ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference.”

It will be the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end the federal ban on marijuana.

Reason reporter Mike Riggs reported Wednesday afternoon that the MPP is hopeful about the “momentum” the legislation could provide for the drug debate, but that they do not have any illusions about its feasibility.

“It’s definitely going to get a serious debate, probably more in the media than on the floor of the House,” MPP spokeswoman Morgan Fox said. “But I think it needs to be debated on the floor.”

Other co-sponsors include Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis and California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee.

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  • Cardwell Tyler

    First of all you’re letting your religious views get in the way of clear thinking. Half of what is wrong with the government is your so called simple old-fashioned views. It comes down to the first 1st amendment. If people can protest at military funerals (I bet your the type of Jesus Freak that would) then I should be able to light up a joint. Also look at it this way weed maybe a illegal drug but the only reason it’s illegal is because of the Logging industry and the oil industries tie with congress back in the 1930’s. Did you know that almost everything we use trees for we could use hemp the same way and hemp is a renewable source unlike trees that take at least 40 years to mature to the size at which you can harvest them. Also the first engines were meant to run off of hemp oil. Neither Mr. Ford or Mr. Diesel ever thought that their engines would run off of Gas. The first Model T was made out of hemp which is 10 times stronger then steel by the way and lighter there for safer for you and your little Jesus freak kids to roll around town in and show how ignorant you really are with your “simple old-fashioned views”. Also I’ve never seen any one get violent when they are high but I’ve seen many that’s been violent off of Alcohol. I think you need to reconsider your views.

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  • lungshot

    To all you cons who look to an immoral and corrupt entity to prohibit pot smoking, I have some news for you… IT HASN’T WORKED! Most Americans have at least tried it (and inhaled) and would not want to be thrown in jail for it. You tea totaling stuffed shirts have fallen for another phony “crisis” created by that same corrupt and immoral entity! You are around pot smokers everyday, you just couldn’t point one out if you tried! Let the states decide the legal status of marijuana.

  • truebearing

    I generally like Ron Paul, but he is in the Twilight Zone when it comes to foreign policy and giving license to every vice in America is purely moronic.

    The irony on Paul’s position as a libertarian is that for Libertarianism to be successfully implemented as a government, the citizens would have to be very well educated, disciplined, and posessing well above average moral rectitude, which menas they ARE NOT self indulgent in human vice. Paul’s problem is that, like so many libertarians, he prefers to live in an ideological dream, instead of reality.

    This country is full of these single issue libertarians who can’t think past the end of a joint.

    Now before you Paul supporters come unglued, I have smoked plenty of pot in the past, and I am a libertarian leaning conservative on many issues, but if you are voting for someone based on legalization of all human vice, you are precisely the kinds of people who would doom a libertarian society to total failure, in short order. Try learning more about libertarianism and it’s many ideological variations. Then read about its flaws. Then ponder its applicability in our corrupt, decaying society, and then tell me how license is going to solve all of our social problems. I won’t be holding my breath.

    • HoosYoDaddy

      I would not touch any give-and-take involving the duplicitous, divisive, deviant “dope” Bawneey Fwank and what he wants to put in his mouth with a ten foot pole…atleast it did not have to do with “blow”! :)

      • truebearing

        You have to wonder about Ron Paul’s political judgement, I mean getting in bed with Bawney Fwank……maybe that wasn’t a good metaphor….I have to wash my brain now.