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  Colorado Dem calls for end of marijuana prohibition
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Last EditedCraverguy  Dec 09, 2010 03:40pm
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AuthorEric W. Dolan
News DateThursday, December 9, 2010 07:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe only way to keep marijuana from growing in national parks is to legalize it and regulate production for consumer use, a Colorado Democrat told the US House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The House was in the midst of a debate on HR 1540, a bill which declares that the cultivation of marijuana on federal lands is an "unacceptable threat to law enforcement and to the public."

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Walter Herger (R-CA), calls on the Office on National Drug Control Policy to work with federal and state authorities to develop a strategy "to permanently dismantle Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating on federal lands."

"I have no doubt that marijuana plantations, as the resolution states, pose a threat to the environmental health of Federal lands, that drug traffickers spray unregulated chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers, but I submit that the best way to address that is to incorporate this into a meaningful and enforceable agricultural policy for the country with regard to the regulatory structure for the production of marijuana," Rep. Polis said.

"As long as [marijuana] remains illegal and as long as there is a market demand, the production will be driven underground," he continued. "No matter how much we throw at enforcement, it will continue to be a threat not only to our Federal lands, but to our border security and to our safety within our country."
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