Thompson Opposes Fed MJ Decriminalization
Some of you might remember me bringing up H.R. 5843 a while back. That's the bill, sponsored by Congressman Barney Frank, that would end federal criminal penalties for possession by individuals of small amounts of marijuana.
I sent a letter to our very own congressman, Mike Thompson, asking that he become a co- sponsor to the bill. I fully expected him to go along and sign up. I got a reply in the mail yesterday. He won't.
Apparently he feels that, while he supported Prop 215 (medical marijuana), he feels that Prop 215 has caused too much crime and has led to more incidents of grow related diesel spills and such. He points to Mendocino County's recently passed Measure B as proof that being easy on marijuana possession isn't what the public wants.
What he doesn't seem to grasp is that HR 5843 would repeal FEDERAL criminal penalties against possession of small amounts of marijuana. It would do nothing in regards state penalties and even allows the feds to continue eradication efforts of large marijuana grows.
I suspect Congressman Thompson likely knows that and he's just playing it politically safe. Few congresscritters are willing to put their name on the line in something as "risky" as marijuana decriminalization. Mike Thompson isn't one of them. Only seven in congress are, at this point.