U.S. House Republicans call Medical Cannabis activists "Evil."
GOP versus MPP. Marijuana Policy Project. On March 27, 2001, Rob Kampia
of MPP addressed the assembled forces of true GOP evil. Medical
cannabis attacked by Bubba Bob Barr and other Republican dumb-asses in
the US House of Representatives. DRCNet, MPP, and press reports. House
Government Reform Committee's criminal justice subcommittee.
Bob Barr has since come around to a better
viewpoint. He has lobbied with the Marijuana Policy Project, and is the
2008 presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party. Look
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Kampia vs. the Inquisition: House Republicans Rake Reformer Over the
In a one-sided dog-and-pony show sponsored
by the House Government Reform Committee's criminal justice
as part of the political run-up to Wednesday's Supreme Court arguments
on medical marijuana, GOP drug war zealots went out of their way
drug reform advocates and personally attacked the Marijuana Policy
( http://www.mpp.org ) executive
The committee hearing, which had no discernible
purpose other than to allow a parade of anti-drug war zealots,
bureaucrats and grandstanding congressmen to wail and moan and
teeth over the prospect of medical marijuana, rapidly degenerated into
an opportunity for drug war stalwarts to take pot-shots at the reform
The weight of Kampia, the only anti-prohibitionist
witness, was counterbalanced by Joyce Nalepka of the anti-drug group
Cares, Inc., Betty Sembler of the Drug Free America Foundation,
California Attorney General Dan Lundgren, defeated congressional drug
and drug czar candidate Bill McCollum, Laura Nagel of the DEA, and
Janet Joy, author of the Institute of Medicine's 1999 landmark report
Kampia told DRCNet that the reform community
was represented only because MPP contacted committee staffers. "We made
inquiries once we heard about this hearing," he said. "The only reason
we were able to testify is because we made the effort."
"What's really going on here is people
are trying to legalize smoking marijuana and they're using cancer and
patients as a prop," pronounced Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL) as
"This is really an effort by the druggies
to legalize marijuana," chimed in Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA), who
on Kampia. "I don't respect Mr. Kampia. You're not a wonderful person.
You're doing something despicable and you're putting a nice face on
Subcommittee chairman Mark Souder (R-IN),
infamous for authoring the Higher Education Act's smoke a joint-lose
loan provision, intoned solomonically for civility in the hearing, then
told Kampia, "You are an articulate advocate for an evil position."
The committee might have seen Kampia's
pitchfork tail might twitching when he told the members, "The Marijuana
Policy Project believes that sick people as well as healthy people
not be put in jail for using marijuana."
Or perhaps they smelled the sulphurous
fumes beginning to swirl around him as he added, "But if we can keep
people out of jail in the short run, then by God [or was it Beezlebub?]
we're going to do it."
As for Barr's lack of respect for him,
Kampia retorted, "I'll be cordial with Congressman Barr, but I
him because he's supportive of a policy that criminalizes seriously ill
people who have their doctor's approval to use what is a legitimate
Kampia told DRCNet he was not surprised
by the committee's behavior. "They behaved approximately like I thought
they would given our previous experience with Barr and Souder and the
mean sentiment of House Republicans on drug policy issues," he said.
Still, Kampia added, such unpleasant confrontations
are necessary. "I wasn't going in there thinking I was going to
anyone to think differently," he said, "but I wanted to let them know
can't wage a vicious war on patients using marijuana without expecting
to be criticized for it. Also, I knew there would be some media
and that coverage could set the tone for the coverage around the
Court case," added Kampia. "I wanted that coverage to be clear on what
the Supreme Court can and cannot do with regard to state medical
Kampia has presumably returned to Hell
pending further committee appearances.
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Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 06:32:40 -0800
From: Marijuana Policy Project <email@example.com> Subject: MPP Testifies before Congress, Makes AP Wire
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On Tuesday, March 27, MPP's Rob Kampia was put through a grueling
grilling before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
hearing, "Federal Drug Law and the Constitution's Supremacy Clause,"
was intended to serve as a prelude for the medical marijuana
that is being heard before the U.S. Supreme Court today (Wednesday).
The House Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug
Human Resources -- chaired by Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN) --
composed of nine Republicans and seven Democrats. Mark Souder, Bob
(R-GA), Dave Weldon (R-FL), and Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) accused Kampia and
destroying our nation's youth, causing Kampia to respond that Congress
looking at the cruelty of its federal laws, which criminalize seriously
people. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the
subcommittee and the
only Democrat to attend, appeared to be conflicted on the issue of
marijuana -- but admonished his Republican colleagues for disrespecting
the only participant in the hearing to express an anti-prohibitionist
A sixth House member, Benjamin Gilman (R-NY), briefly attended the
did not ask questions.
Kampia testified on the first panel, along with Joyce Nalepka
(America Cares) and Betty Sembler (Drug Free America Foundation). The second
and final panel of witnesses comprised Dan Lungren (former Attorney
California), Bill McCollum (former U.S. House member from Florida),
Laura Nagel (DEA), and Dr. Janet Joy (author of the Institute of
landmark report on medical marijuana).
A complete transcript of the hearing will not be available for many
but MPP plans to release a partial transcript in its newsletter,
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day before the Supreme Court was to hear arguments
the issue, Republican lawmakers sparred on Tuesday with the leader
group advocating the medical use of marijuana.
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