That D.C. ban on legal marijuana? Barr says it needs to go

Bob Barr fleshed out more of his post-Republican persona this afternoon with an endorsement of a decision by the U.S. House last week to repeal an 11-year-old provision that had prohibited the District of Columbia from implementing a referendum that authorized the legalization of marijuana.

The kicker? Barr was the guy behind the ban.

Said the former Georgia congressman and ‘08 Libertarian candidate for president in a press release:

While I, in fact, sponsored the initial appropriations limitation in 1998, the years since then have witnessed such a dramatic increase in federal government power and an unprecedented decrease in individual liberty, especially since 2001, that I have come to realize that such limitations as the so-called “Barr Amendment” are not and cannot be justified.

It has become necessary to reevaluate the power of the federal government that I and others once were able or willing to justify, and do what we can to roll back the tide of government control.

I have applauded also the indications by Attorney General Eric Holder to begin easing federal efforts against individuals in states that have moved to decriminalize or legalize the use of marijuana, and the fresh approach to the federal anti-drug effort as articulated earlier this year by Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy — the so-called “Drug Czar.”

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9 comments Add your comment

Garrett Michael Hayes

July 20th, 2009
3:40 pm

The first time I ever met Bob Barr face-to-face (on the Marietta Square at a campaign event when he was still with the Republicans) I asked him to repudiate that law. Glad you’ve done so, Bob!


July 20th, 2009
4:44 pm

Apparently the real Bob Barr has been snatched by aliens and been replaced by a clone who actually sounds reasonable.

Now if they’d only do the same for Chambliss, Broun, Deal, Price, Isaakson, Gingrey and the rest of the GOP bomb-throwers I might go back to voting for Republicans again.


July 20th, 2009
5:52 pm

How can any politician not be for Legalization when the very Man who lead the charge against it with the bill in his own name now supports the Legalization of Marijuana? It’s obvious that a degree and a good clean record don’t equal common sense in Washington. They’re Fools. AMERICANS HAVE A CONSENSUS ON MARIJUANA BUT THE POLITICIANS JUST DON GET IT.

Awesome Logic

July 20th, 2009
11:47 pm

Americans have a consensus on marijuana? Most can’t even spell it. Not much policy analysis going on, I suspect.


July 21st, 2009
3:29 am

Americans don’t need to be referring to Cannabis as Marijuana. Marijuana is the slave name to the wonderful plant that Cannabis is.


July 21st, 2009
1:22 pm

The American Marijuana Consensus should preemptively regulate smoking. Would we be smoking now if the herb were never prohibited? My guess is we would be drinking it, eating it, and vaporizing it…and that is exactly how it should be sold.


July 21st, 2009
1:46 pm

“policy analysis” Not on your end anyway. Just type it in Google you’ll see a consensus. Don’t worry about spelling it correctly though , Google will spell it right for you if you get it wrong


July 21st, 2009
5:32 pm

Barr is goofy and this proves it.

Conservative Christian

September 15th, 2009
10:56 am

The Congressional failure to implement a fee and regulatory program for marijuana in the United States is irresponsible and a violation of the public trust.
The cartels would be poorer, our public lands cleaner, and our children safer if we implemented a Personal Use and Cultivation Permit: $100 per year for a dozen plants. Split the proceeds between the States and the Fed.
It’s time to put the cartels out of business.
It’s time to let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.