The long awaited pocket constitutions are here! If you would like one, please come meet me at one of the following events.
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Community Meet and Greets
I have scheduled a few meet and greets for the opportunity to meet and speak with members of the community. Please come to one of these informal meetings, bring your family and friends- I would love to meet you!
If you would like to host me for a private meet and greet event in your home for your family, friends and neighbors, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get it scheduled.
Mountain Road Community Library
4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena MD
April 16th and May 21st from 7-8pm
Rivera Beach Community Library
1130 Duvall Highway, Pasadena MD
May 1st and May 15th from 7-8pm
Legislative Wrap Up
North County Republican Club
Big Vanilla 26 Magothy Beach Road Pasadena
April 10th Meeting starts at 7
Severna Park Republican Women
Columbian Center 335 Governor Richie Hwy Severna Park
April 9th from 6-9pm
North County Republican Club
Big Vanilla 26 Magothy Beach Road Pasadena
May 8th meeting starts at 7pm
My bill, HB 1016 – Cannabis Freedom Act is scheduled to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow. Hearings start at 1pm.
This bill alone DOES NOT make Marijuana legal for any use in the State of Maryland. This bill is a NULLIFICATION Legislation and it would prohibit the State from assisting the Federal Government from taking any punitive or legal action against any citizen of Maryland in regards to any form of marijuana use in accordance with any law or regulation passed by the STATE of MARYLAND. In other words, Should Maryland pass HB879- Marijuana Decriminalization Act or HB880- Marijuana Control Act , these laws would be considered the laws of Maryland, without the shadow of the Federal Government’s unconstitutional prohibition on cannabis.
And there it is- the controversy. Are Federal marijuana laws unconstitutional? The basis of HB 1016 lies in rejecting the idea that the Federal Government has the Constitutional authority to prohibit and ban marijuana.
I ask that you consider the following:
When the Federal Government desired to prohibit the possession, sale and use of alcohol in 1919 it took an amendment to the Constitution, (the 18th ) to grant the constitutional authority to do so. When the disastrous policy failed and the Government wanted to repeal it, they needed to pass yet another amendment to the Constitution,(the 21st)
To date there have been no such amendment to prohibit marijuana.
How many of you believe that the Federal Government has the right to prohibit or ban private ownership of guns or certain types of guns and small arms? Most conservative republicans would rightly say it does not have that authority to do so! Yet many of those same people support such a ban on marijuana, why? ” But Delegate Dwyer, the second amendment protects gun rights!”
Folks- the Bill of Rights does not grant you 10 specific and limited rights, the Bill of Rights places a limit on the Federal Government for certain enumerated inalienable rights and the 10th amendment specifically protects all inalienable rights NOT ENUMERATED and clearly states that any power not given to the Federal Government resides in the State or the PEOPLE.
“The powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
This means that YOU- not the Federal Government, have the right and responsibility to determine such issues as marijuana law. You do this by means of your local and State representative. Many states are considering legislation to regulate and tax marijuana, including Maryland. However, citizens who comply with State law are still in danger of Federal action which result in thousands of dollars spent in legal fees and even jail sentences as happened in the case of Robert Duncan, of California who worked for a dispensary made legal by California State law.
Monday afternoon, Robert Duncan will report to Mendota Federal Correctional Institution near Fresno, Calif., to begin a two-year prison sentence. His crime? Working for a medical marijuana business that was legal under California state law. Not owning it; not profiting from illegal sales. Merely for being employed by the business. Read the full article
As I stated, this bill alone does not legalize marijuana use or possession, however, this bill paves the way for Maryland to begin re-assessment of Marijuana laws and policy.
If you would like to support this bill, you may appear in person to testify, submit written testimony by noon tomorrow to the Judiciary Committee and or call or email the members of the committee in support of HB 1016
This bill has the support of:
Does the President or the Federal Government have the right to arrest a person, imprison them and throw away the key? All without charging them with specific crime and denying them the right to see a lawyer?
The Federal Government says they have that right and they made it into “law”. Each year they pass the National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA which among other things authorizes defense spending. It also authorizes the Government to imprison indefinitely any person they label a “terrorist”. Who does the Government think might be a terrorist? Tap here for the FBI’s flyer for potential terrorist activity for Coffee Shops
I have introduced a bill for the second time which would Nullify the Indefinite Detention of Maryland Citizens without due process.
HB1011- Maryland Liberty preservation Act has a hearing on Friday, March 7 at 12:30 pm in Health and Government Operations Committee. Please contact my office at 410-841-3047 if you are interested in testifying in favor of this bill. Contact members of the Committee to express your support for HB 1011
Introduced last session as HB 558- here are last years committee votes.
Ted Cruz opposed NDAA 2013 because it retained the Indefinite Detention Clause.
Today I voted against the National Defense Authorization Act. I am deeply concerned that Congress still has not prohibited President Obama’s ability to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens arrested on American soil without trial or due process.
“The Constitution does not allow President Obama, or any President, to apprehend an American citizen, arrested on U.S. soil, and detain these citizens indefinitely without a trial. When I ran for office, I promised the people of Texas I would oppose any National Defense Authorization Act that did not explicitly prohibit the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Although this legislation does contain several positive provisions that I support, it does not ensure our most basic rights as American citizens are protected- Ted Cruz (R) Texas regarding NDAA December, 2013
I desire a strong defense, however everyone should be afforded the protection of the 4th Amendment as laid out in the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution. With Department of Homeland Security funding studies like this one done in 2011 by the University of Maryland, its clear that the Federal Government is actively pursuing justification for redefining “terrorist” to include virtually anyone they want.
(Note: this study was funded by the Department of Homeland Security- essentially, you have the federal government funding studies to give “legitimacy” to redefining terrorists and terrorism any way they want.)
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On February 19th, HB 1010- Industrial Hemp, had a hearing in front of the Environmental Matters Committee. At the time HB 1010 was the only bill addressing industrial hemp. As I have stated, this bill would be a great economical and ecological benefit to Maryland. I was sure that I would be able to get supporters on both sides of the aisle because it is an important issue given the many benefits of Industrial Hemp. Turns out the Dems really like my idea. On February 21st, just two days after the hearing for HB1010, and well after the final drop date for filing bills, HB1472- Industrial Hemp- Pilot Program was introduced by Delegate Fraser- Hidalgo who just by chance maybe, sits on the Environmental Matters Committee.
HB 1472 differs from mine in a couple of ways, but over all the intent is identical. The most important difference is that HB1472 does not afford protection by the State of Maryland for farmers who grow hemp from potential action by the Federal Government which is still enforcing an Unconstitutional ban on growing hemp.
Now, it could be that his bill was in the works, even late for filing deadline, however it is typical that Delegates request co-sponsorships by email, and I did not receive such a request.
In The Law, Bastiat says “each of us has a natural right – from God – to defend his person, his liberty, and his property”. The State is a “substitution of a common force for individual forces” to defend this right. The law becomes perverted when it is used to violate the rights of the individual, when it punishes one’s right to defend himself again a collective effort of others to legislatively enact laws which basically have the same effect of plundering.
The work has significance and importance today because the same situation that existed in the France of 1848, exists in practically every country today. The same socialist-communist ideas and plans that were then adopted in France are now sweeping the world. The explanations and arguments then advanced against socialism by Mr. Bastiat are equally valid today.
If you are interested in reading material which clearly and succinctly lays out the proper role of Government and Law, and how that law can be perverted to accomplish the exact opposite of what it was originally intended to do, this work is of great importance.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling yesterday could have major implications on Maryland’s concealed carry law. The ruling opens the door for a potential Supreme Court Case regarding the Constitutionality of concealed carry permitting.
Last year, the 4th District Court of Appeals struck down a US District Court ruling that Maryland’s requirement to show “good and substantial” cause for a permit was unconstitutional.
California’s permitting requirements are similar to Maryland. It is a “may issue” state. Permitting depends on the local sheriff or police chief from county to county. The law says you have to show good moral character and in San Diego, you also have to show good cause to get one. As in Maryland, self defense is not considered “good and substantial” reason. In its ruling, the 9th circuit said the county’s narrow view of good cause violates the 2nd amendment right to bear arms for self defense. article
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I have reintroduced the Maryland Liberty Preservation Act, HB 1011 for this Legislative Session. This is a bill which would prohibit the State of Maryland to use Agents or resources to aid in the unconstitutional arrest and indefinite detainment of Citizens by the Federal Government under the Federal NDAA.
Last year this bill had tremendous support from various groups who came to testify, including the ACLU of Maryland.
Please consider appearing in Annapolis to testify in support of this bill on March 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm in the Health and Government Operations Committee, and contacting committee members in support of this bill.
I have introduced the following bill to authorize the growth, production and sale of industrial hemp in Maryland. I believe that the economic benefits of industrial hemp will be a viable option for Maryland farmers as a cash crop.
HB 1010- Production and Sale of Industrial Hemp- This bill is modeled after the Tenth Amendment Center’s “Hemp Freedom Act”. This bill would nullify the Unconstitutional Federal prohibition on Industrial Hemp, and potentially opening up an economic boon to Maryland by authorizing a person to plant, grow, harvest, process, possess, sell, and buy industrial hemp in the State. The bill prohibits the State of Maryland to utilize agents or resources to aid any Federal punitive or legal action against any farmer who grows industrial hemp as a crop.This Bill has the support of The Maryland Farm Bureau and the Farm Bureau of Anne Arundel County.
HB 1010 has a hearing scheduled on Wednesday, Feb 19 at 1pm in the Environmental Matters Committee.
What is Industrial Hemp?
Industrial hemp is derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, the same plant that marijuana is derived from. The two plants differ in that marijuana comes from the leaves and flowers of the female plant whereas, Industrial hemp come from the male plant and is grown for industrial use of the stalk and seeds primarily. They also differ in levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, (THC) the chemical that is responsible for its psychoactive properties. Marijuana plants contain levels of 3-15% THC and male plants grown for industrial hemp contain less than 1% of THC. Research has consistently shown that the low THC level in hemp plants is not capable of producing the psychoactive effects that true marijuana plants do
The plant serves as a good rotation crop—choking out weeds and surviving without the aid of polluting pesticides, while taking no more nutrients from the soil than a corn crop. The mature plant’s strength makes it impervious to storm damage. All parts of hemp (fiber, hurds and seeds) are economically important. Hemp can be grown in many climates and under many conditions. It is reported that Hemp is a great rotational crop with Soy and Corn. Given the corn and soy production of Maryland and specifically the eastern shore, Industrial Hemp is a natural for Maryland farmers.
The Washington Times reported this month the potential of a $500 million industry in American Hemp production.
Many American industries, including those in textiles, foods, oil and building materials, have shown a growing interest in hemp. American clothing Manufacturers grossed about $5 million in 1991 and $50 million in 1995 on hemp products. The proposed state research projects as well as the new technology and machinery needed for a developing hemp industry will provide new jobs. Import costs for American industries using hemp, currently estimated at $120 million, and would drop considerably if it could be produced domestically.
U.S. Congress – The 2014 Farm Bill that just passed Congress, included an amendment that relaxed a 75-year old restriction on growing and researching industrial hemp. The amendment clearly defines Industrial Hemp separate and apart from marijuana.
NCSL – The National Conference of State Legislatures in 2000 adopted a policy on Industrial Hemp. That policy resulted in a letter to then President Bill Clinton Urging the USDA and the DEA to distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana.
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Who supports it?
The policies and actions of the Governor and Democratic Controlled State Legislature has resulted in not only loss of individual liberty, but also the loss of economic advantage. Businesses like Beretta USA which had plans to expand in Maryland, but scrapped it after last years gun ban was passed, have packed up and left town.
Below is the letter written by CEO and president of Beretta Holding S.p.A, Ugo Gussalli Beretta- it is well worth the read.
My family has operated our business from the same small town in northern Italy for 500 years. This means that when we make a commitment to a local community, our hope is to do so for decades, if not centuries, to come.
We apply this same philosophy to all of our factories and locations throughout the world. Such a commitment is not a one-way street, though.
In return for our investment in jobs, facilities and assistance to the local economy, we ask for respect and a supportive business climate.
We deserve such respect. We make the standard sidearm for the U.S. armed forces. We also make firearms that police and consumers use to save their lives and the lives of others.
We also make sporting firearms that are enjoyed by tens of millions of people worldwide, from Olympic shooters to weekend hunters.
Our business has grown in recent years, and because of that, we needed to expand production in our U.S facility, located in Accokeek, just outside of Washington, D.C., in the Maryland suburbs.
Unfortunately, as we were planning that expansion, Maryland’s governor and legislature voted in favor of new regulations that unfairly attack products we make and that our customers want.
These regulations also demean our law-abiding customers, who must now be fingerprinted like criminals before they can be allowed to purchase one of our products.
We have seen these types of legislative proposals in Maryland before, and they never seem to reduce crime. Maybe this is because the proponents of such legislation blame the product instead of human misconduct.’
But in any event, because of these new restrictions and the pattern of harassment aimed at lawful firearm owners we have seen in Maryland over the decades, we decided to expand our facilities in a state that shows more respect for citizens who exercise their Second Amendment rights.
We chose Tennessee for our new facility expansion. Our plans for that location are extensive and long-lasting.
We chose Tennessee because the governor and legislators in that state understand what it means to support businesses (such as through job recruitment and training programs) that improve employment in the state without treating companies as a necessary evil.
We chose Tennessee also because the vast majority of its residents and their elected officials have shown that they respect and honor the American tradition of personal freedoms, including the right to bear arms.
Ugo Gussalli Beretta
The following are summaries of gun bills introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session. If you feel strongly about any of them, please click on the link for the sponsor for their contact information.
This bill is a repeal of the requirement that the State Police determine “good and substantial” justification for issuing a Concealed Carry Permit.
This would require Maryland recognize Concealed Carry Permits issued by other states.
This bill would permit possession or transport by a nonresident of the State of an assault weapon or a detachable magazine that has been legally purchased outside the State for the purpose of using the assault weapon or detachable magazine to participate in an organized military activity, a target shoot, formal or informal target practice, or a sport shooting event, having the assault weapon or detachable magazine repaired at a bona fide repair shop, or traveling through the State for a lawful purpose. This bill intends to resolve the issues created by SB 281 which would make non residents engaging in military or sport shooting events in Maryland or traveling through Maryland “criminals” and subject to potential arrest.
This bill requires the Secretary of State Police to issue a handgun permit to a person who has been issued a handgun qualification license. The HQL is now a requirement for all purchases of handguns in Maryland as per the new assault weapons ban of last year.
This bill would prohibit a person from using any material to create or modify a detachable magazine and prohibits a person from using a 3-dimentional printer to manufacture a firearm receiver.
Would ban 8th day transfers, allowing the MSP to shut down handgun sales simply by not acting on applications. The 8th day release was implemented because of the risk that MSP would use the approval process to shut down firearm sales.
This bill creates a task force to study implementation of requiring GPS devices on every firearm. This would also open the door to a firearm registry. And expenses and compensations to the members of the task force would be funded by your tax dollars.
This bill would extend the prohibition of “deadly weapons” including firearms and knives on school property to include Private School property. While this exempts police and any potential school guards, it’s clear that such laws do not actually stop criminals from bringing weapons onto school property.