TN Congressman Fleischmann Says Cannabis is a Dangerous Narcotic, Doesn’t Want Legalization
Apparently Chuck thinks that he knows what we Tennesseans need more than we do. Isn’t his job to represent the will of the people over his own? Here’s a copy of his letter in answer to a Tennessee constituent who asked him to support the federal decriminalization of cannabis.
“Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017. I appreciate you taking the time to reach out to me, and I am honored to represent you in Congress.
As you may know, H.R. 1227 was introduced by Representative Thomas Garrett and referred to the House Judiciary Committee as well as the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on February 17, 2017. This bill decriminalizes marijuana at the Federal level and allows states to regulate marijuana as they deem fit.
As a conservative and supporter of the Constitution, I understand the desire to reduce the reach of the federal government. The effects of Colorado and Washington’s decision to legalize the use of marijuana within their borders are yet to be fully seen. However, I believe that our federal government does have a role to play in keeping controlled substances out of the hands of our children and families.
Drug abuse and addiction is a growing epidemic that is destroying lives and hurting families all across the country. As legislators, we have a responsibility to discourage the production, distribution, and consumption of illegal narcotics. As a society, we must teach our children about the dangers of drugs in terms of physical harm, potential death, and lost opportunities for success. If we were to eliminate society’s attempts to restrict marijuana, we would be sending mixed messages to our young people, a stance that I do not believe to be wise.
I admire your dedication to this issue and I appreciate you taking the time to reach out me. Please know I will keep your views in mind should this bill be considered on the House floor. I hope you will not hesitate to let me know if I may be of further assistance in the future.
Member of Congress”