House Republicans Want to Criminalize Support for Legal Drug Use by Americans Abroad

Sunday, October 09, 2011
Rep. Lamar Smith
Republican Lamar Smith of Texas wants to outlaw the use of—or even just the planning of use of—drugs by Americans even if the activity occurs in another country where it’s legal.
U.S. prosecutors could bring conspiracy charges against anyone who discusses, plans or advises someone else to use drugs—outside of the United States—because the new law would categorize these actions as a violation of the Controlled Substances Act.
“Under this bill, if a young couple plans a wedding in Amsterdam, and as part of the wedding, they plan to buy the bridal party some marijuana, they would be subject to prosecution,” Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for reforming U.S. drug laws, told the Huffington Post. “The strange thing is that the purchase of and smoking the marijuana while you’re there wouldn’t be illegal. But this law would make planning the wedding from the U.S. a federal crime.”
Smith’s bill already has cleared its first hurdle, passing out of the House Judiciary Committee, on which the sponsor serves as chairman.
-Noel Brinkerhoff


Gdd 11 years ago
...sad that so few patriots are willing to properly deal with these traitorous scum...its always a vote for the next biggest for the next traitor will not help, times are such that they require fear .... the second ammendment is not to protect against crime but against government.
Vil 11 years ago
i'm planning to go smoke some pot, now. whenever i leave the country, i'm planning to smoke some pot there, too. come get me, ass-holes. better yet, arrest some real criminals, like the entire fed, who devalued our currency, like the entirety of congress, who don't have to live by the laws that they pass on the rest of us...
Biff Steele 11 years ago
are you kidding me? discussing drug use in another country, where it is legal, will be a crime in the usa? have you forgotten what the government is supposed to be about? freedom, not restriction. lamar smith, you should be ashamed of yourself, and with any luck, texans will vote out out of office as soon as possible.
brian 11 years ago
wow, this really is the land of the free isn't it. its sad how politians constantly want to control peoples lives more and more.

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