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MARIJUANA LAW REFORM ORGANIZATION ENDORSES NATE IRVIN FOR CONGRESS
Thursday, October 30, 2014
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has unanimously endorsed the candidacy of Mr. Nate Irvin in the Missouri Fourth Congressional District election which takes place next Tuesday. Mr. Irvin is attempting to unseat incumbent Republican Vicky Hartzler.
Mr. Irvin recently held a press conference on the front steps of the Boone County Courthouse to announce his support for federal marijuana law reform which would allow the sates to control policy on marijuana within their borders. Ms. Hartzler, who claims to be a conservative who respects states' rights, has not supported that legislation.
23 states and Washington, D.C. have passed laws legalizing the medical use of marijuana. 18 states have decriminalized marijuana possession. Two states have legalized, taxed and regulated sales of marijuana to adults. However, patients, doctors and business people in those states still face the threat of federal interference. On Tuesday, federal agents raided several marijuana cultivation facilities in the city of Denver, Colorado. Such activities continue on a random and apparently selective basis.
On November 4, Oregon and Alaska will vote on whether to join Colorado and Washington in legalizing taxed and regulated sales of marijuana to adults as well as legalizing personal cultivation of cannabis. Florida will vote on whether to become the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana. The city of Washington, D.C. will almost certainly vote to legalize personal use cultivation of marijuana and several other cities across the country will vote on local reform measures.
Columbia attorney Dan Viets, who serves on the governing board of the NORML PAC, said “NORML strongly supports Nate Irvin’s candidacy for the United States Congress. Unlike his opponent, he has demonstrated a true commitment to states’ rights and local control of matters which should be entirely within the authority of the states.” The NORML PAC has also voted to make a contribution to Mr. Irvin’s campaign in the amount of $500.
For More Information:
Dan Viets, 573-819-2669
Allen St. Pierre, 202-483-5500