Daily Archives: Dec. 28, 2012

Is there a good reason to keep marijuana illegal?

“While the use of cannabis has been illegal since the 1930s (when the name ‘marijuana’ was popularized by opponents to capitalize on anti-Mexican stereotypes), the ban – like alcohol prohibition before it – can be seen as the ultimate in intrusive government,” columnist Cathy Young wrote. “If the state’s going to tell us there are substances we’re not allowed to ingest or inhale, there had better be a very compelling reason to justify such intrusion.” Yet despite widespread public support for legalizing medical marijuana, and Colorado and Washington state voters having legalized the sale of marijuana for any purpose, few national leaders have been willing to touch this topic.

Moran was biggest spender in Senate

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., spent a higher percentage of his congressional office budget this past fiscal year (99.4 percent) than any other senator, USA Today reported. Moran had spent all but $18,000 of his almost $3 million annual office budget through Sept. 30, according to Senate financial records. Moran’s spokeswoman said Moran spends that much because he travels back and forth to Kansas nearly every weekend. “Sen. Moran’s commitment to staying connected with Kansans is second to none,” Garrette Silverman said. USA Today noted that Moran helped found the Senate Tea Party caucus, which is “dedicated to cutting government spending and reducing the federal debt.” Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., ranked 33rd, having spent 93.9 percent of his office budget.