Marijuana Minute, 09-22-2015: Drug Test Congress, Mitch McConnell’s Coke Problem, Michigan Weed
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Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah. These 13 states have passed legislation regarding drug testing or screening for public assistance or welfare recipients. Some of the laws apply to all and others laws vary on the intake evaluation based on the individuals potential illegal activities or substance disorders. And now there’s a report in Counter Current News claiming Americans want random drug testing for members of Congress. Yes, overall 78% of Americans favor random drug testing of U.S. lawmakers while Congress pushes for the testing of welfare recipients.
In the same report not only will drug testing congress be great for americans but it will also test the integrity of congress and it’s hypocrisy. An example of this hypocrisy by congress is Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. Senator McConnell is a heavy supporter of “the war on drugs” and is “firmly against legalizing marijuana.” McConnell sponsored, “The Enhanced Marijuana Penalty Act” which was designed to increase the mandatory minimum sentencing of people caught with marijuana. In November approximately 90 lb. of cocaine was found in a cargo ship named “ Ping May” departing from Colombia by the coast guard. The Ping May is operated by the Foremost Corporation which is owned by the Chao family, Senator McConnell’s in-laws. In fact the Chao family have been funding McConnell since the late 1980s and has been secured as one of his primary sources of investments. An official with the Colombian coast guard says the crew had been interrogated, but still, no charges have been filed yet.
In Michigan a bill was introduced by Republican Jeff Irwin called HB 4877. The Bill is designed to end marijuana prohibition and give cannabis an equal pass as does alcohol. Efforts are currently in the process to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis for adults 21 and over. These efforts are being pushed through by the voter initiative process in hopes to end the failed policy of prohibition in 2016.