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Rep. Barbara Lee Gets It: The REFER Act

Over the years we've seen some clever acronyms come out of Washington DC (DAIRY: the Dairy Augmentation for Increased Retail in Yogurt Products Act), and some doozies (who couldn't get behind "PROSTATE: the Prostate Research, Outreach, Screening, Testing, Access, and Treatment Effectiveness Act?)

So imagine our relief at seeing the cannabis industry has thrown its hat in the big ring with NASA and SALT II.

Introducing The Refer Act (the Restraining Excessive Federal Enforcement and Regulations of Cannabis Act).

Now now, dear readers, let's not hurt the feelings of the bright folks in Congress and tell them a real reefer has another "e" (they didn't inhale - that's how they got the job!) and besides, it's a far cry better than anything with the fabricated word "marihuana" in it.

And it has a serious purpose according to Janet Burns at Forbes: "Cosponsored by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Don Young (R-AK), Dina Titus (D-NV) and Jared Polis (D-CO), HR 4779 would create protections for both medical and recreational cannabis by barring federal funding for any efforts by the justice department to interfere in states' laws when imposing its own."

The American Cannabis Report appreciates the attempt brings legislation in line with the energy and joie de vivre of REC cannabis, and hope the document arrives with a tie-dyed ribbon.

Meanwhile, we recommend they keep trying. Surely something can be done with JOINT... SPLIFF... BONE... BONG... TREE...

Image source: the artist JekillandorHyde

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