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Hemp-made flag to fly over the Capitol on the 4th of July

A flag made from hemp will be flown over the U.S. Capitol Building on America’s birthday, according to the Washington Post. Colorado hemp advocate Michael Bowman and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) are the two responsible for the deed. Bowman said flying the hemp-flag on the 4th of July was a…

Democratic Reps call for federal marijuana commission

A group of Democratic House members led by Rep. Steve Cohen (TN) have introduced a bill aimed at creating a National Commission on Marijuana Policy, which would be tasked with examining the conflicts currently arising between state and federal laws regulating the drug. According to The Hill’s Floor Action Blog,…

Drug law reform advocates optimistic about the end of marijuana prohibition

Though previous efforts have faltered in Congress, Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) insisted Tuesday their plan to overhaul the nation’s marijuana laws was not in vain. On a conference call, Polis and Blumenauer emphasized their legislation was just a first step in reforming drug policy. Blumenauer said…

Reps. Blumenauer and Polis to propose overhaul of marijuana laws

Now that former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Barney Frank (D-MA) have retired from the House of Representatives, two new lawmakers have stepped up to lead the push to reform marijuana laws. Democratic Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of Colorado plan to introduce a set of bills…

Rep. Jared Polis mocks Colorado’s new DEA chief

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado on Wednesday poked fun at his state’s new head drug enforcement agent, joking that the Drug Enforcement Agency’s new motto was “protecting America from mold and water damage.” Barbra Roach, the chief of Denver’s Drug Enforcement Administration, recently told the Denver Post that medical…

Dems among top spots on list of 50 wealthiest in Congress

The old cliche of Republicans holding all the money isn’t necessarily true today: D.C. political publication Roll Call published their annual list of the 50 richest members of Congress Friday, and seven Democrats are in the list’s top 10 slots. Overall, 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats made the list. Rep.…

Rep. Tammy Baldwin could become first openly gay Senate member

Openly gay Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI). If she won the election, Baldwin would become the first openly gay member of the Senate. Seventy-six-year old Kohl announced Friday that he will not seek reelection to…

Dem Rep. Jared Polis calls on Congress to end marijuana prohibition

WASHINGTON – Speaking alongside industry advocates, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) called Wednesday for Congress to end the prohibition on marijuana, stressing the need to reduce drug violence while hailing the medical cannabis market’s capacity for growing the economy. “Ending the failed policy of prohibition with regard to marijuana will…

House and Senate Dems to introduce ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ repealing DOMA

WASHINGTON – A coalition of House and Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation designed to roll back the “Defense of Marriage Act” that outlaws same sex marriage. Though unlikely to pass the GOP-controlled House, the measure would highlight the political distance between Democrats and Republicans on this divisive issue. The…

Congressman targets federal funding for the war on drugs

Colorado Congressman Jared Polis has offered two amendments to the House continuing resolution that would eliminate much of the federal funding for the war on drugs in the United States. The House is currently debating HR 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011. The bill is needed to…

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