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2013 US Conference of Mayors Resolution on Medical Cannabis

2013 US Conference of Mayors Resolution on Medical Cannabis

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The United States Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a resolution urging the federal government to let states decide how to handle medical cannabis and marijuana in general, joining the growing chorus of lawmakers around the country who want the Obama administration to stay out of the issue on a local level. The group of mayors said in the resolution that “enforcing the costly and ineffective prohibition on marijuana drains limited resources that could be better spent on programs that more effectively serve the public and keep our cities safe from serious and violent crime.”
The United States Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a resolution urging the federal government to let states decide how to handle medical cannabis and marijuana in general, joining the growing chorus of lawmakers around the country who want the Obama administration to stay out of the issue on a local level. The group of mayors said in the resolution that “enforcing the costly and ineffective prohibition on marijuana drains limited resources that could be better spent on programs that more effectively serve the public and keep our cities safe from serious and violent crime.”

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PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS
 
The U.S. Conference of Mayors81
st
Annual MeetingJune 21-24, 2013Las Vegas
CONTENTS PAGE
RES. # PAGE #CHILDREN, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
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1 IN SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT’S 2013 NATIONAL DRUG CONTROLSTRATEGY .................................................................................................................... 8
2 HIV DISCRIMINATION AND CRIMINALIZATION .......................................... 10
3 FURTHERING THE URBAN FOOD REVOLUTION ........................................... 12
4 U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS PRIORITIES FOR INVESTING IN HIGHQUALITY PRESCHOOL ............................................................................................ 17
5 IN SUPPORT OF PRESCHOOL FOR ALL FOUR YEAR OLDS IN LOW ANDMODERATE INCOME FAMILIES; IN SUPPORT OF EXPANDED CARE FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS THROUGH EARLY HEAD START AND CHILDCARE PROGRAMS; IN SUPPORT OF ADDITIONAL MANDATORY FUNDINGTO EXTEND AND EXPAND CURRENT FEDERAL INVESTMENTS IN HOMEVISITATION PROGRAM; ALL OF WHICH ARE PAID FOR AN INCREASE INTOBACCO EXCISE TAXES ...................................................................................... 20
6 ARTS AND HEALING ............................................................................................ 23
7 PROMOTION OF INFLUENZA VACCINATION AMONG MEDICALLYVULNERABLE AFRICAN AMERICAN AND HISPANIC POPULATIONS ......... 25
8 SUPPORT FOR URBAN AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT ............................ 28
9 WELLNESS IN REAL ESTATE ............................................................................. 30
10 A CALL TO ACTION TO REDUCE SUMMER LEARNING LOSS AMONGOUR NATION’S CHILDREN AND YOUTH ............................................................ 33
70 RESOLUTION TO ERADICATE BULLYING FROM AMERICA’S SCHOOLS....................................................................................................................................... 36
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84Resolution No. 32Submitted by:The Honorable Bob Filner Mayor of San DiegoThe Honorable Mike McGinnMayor of SeattleThe Honorable Jean QuanMayor of OaklandThe Honorable Steve HoganMayor of Aurora, COThe Honorable Marilyn StricklandMayor of TacomaThe Honorable Tom BatesMayor of BerkeleyThe Honorable Stephen CassidyMayor of San LeandroThe Honorable Matthew RyanMayor of Binghamton
32IN SUPPORT OF STATES SETTING THEIR OWN MARIJUANA POLICIESWITHOUT FEDERAL INTERFERENCE
1.
WHEREAS
, the United States Conference of Mayors has long advocated for a fair and effective criminal justice system; and2.
WHEREAS
, despite the prohibition of marijuana and the 22 million marijuanaarrests that have occurred in the U.S. since 1965, including 757,969 marijuanaarrests in 2011 alone, federal studies estimate that 42 percent of Americans haveused marijuana, including over 18 million people who admit to having used itwithin the past month; and3.
WHEREAS
, enforcing the costly and ineffective prohibition on marijuana drainslimited resources that could be better spent on programs that more effectively servethe public and keep our cities safe from serious and violent crime; and
 
854.
WHEREAS
, the impact of these costs are felt particularly strongly on the local leveldue to the fact that 97 percent of marijuana arrests are conducted by municipal or state law enforcement; and5.
WHEREAS
, the illegal market for marijuana is dominated by organized crime: TheU.S. Department of Justice reports that Mexican cartels operate drug distributionnetworks in more than 1,000 U.S. cities and that “marijuana distribution in theUnited States remains [their] single largest source of revenue,” while drug policy andlaw enforcement officials, including former White House drug czar John Walters andformer Arizona attorney general Terry Goddard, have estimated that cartels make asmuch as 60 percent of their profits from marijuana alone; and6.
WHEREAS
, rates of marijuana sales and use are similar across racial and ethnicgroups, but people of color are arrested, convicted, sentenced and incarcerated athigher rates and for longer periods of time; and7.
WHEREAS
, during the 2012 election, Colorado and Washington State votersstrongly approved measures to tax and regulate adult use of marijuana, while 18 statesand the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing marijuana for medical purposes and 16 states do not treat possession of small amounts of marijuana as acriminal offense; and8.
WHEREAS
, several other states are considering reforms that will allow them tomore effectively and responsibly control marijuana use and sales among adults intheir jurisdictions in a way that reduces costs and crime and improves public healthand safety; and9.
WHEREAS
, federal law prohibits the use of marijuana for any reason, and federalagencies have regularly interfered with the operation of state medical marijuana laws – despite President Obama’s comments that such actions are “not a good use of our resources” and his administration’s pledge not “to circumvent state laws on thisissue;” and10.
WHEREAS
, a recent Gallup poll found that 64 percent of Americans believe thatstates should be able to reform their marijuana policies without federal interference;and11.
WHEREAS
, The United States Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution at its75
th
Annual Meeting declaring the war on drugs a failure and calling for a health-centered reorientation of drug policy that gives “cities, counties and states theflexibility they need to find the most effective way to deal with drugs, save taxpayer dollars and keep their communities safe;” and

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