Here is the "last Stand" kind of Representative. Has drawn a line in the sand and come Hell or Retirement he will cling to his voter base and to hell with any other voters in his "kingdom."
August 17, 2012
Dear Mr. Ernst,
Thank you for contacting me about the use of marijuana by adults. It is a pleasure to hear from you on this important issue. Drug trafficking of marijuana is a growing problem in California's Central Valley. Marijuana is cultivated in the remote areas of the Valley and especially in the national forestland, over which my Committee, House Natural Resources, has jurisdiction. Law enforcement in the Valley has been working with the Drug Enforcement Agency and other federal agencies to discover and halt the sale of illegal marijuana. We must ensure this illegal activity is eradicated and cleaned up. As a matter of public health and public safety, I am opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana. On August 2, 2012, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced H.R. 6335, the States' Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection Act which exempts real property from civil forfeiture due to medical-marijuana-related conduct that is authorized by State law. Additionally, on July 17, 2012, Representative Sam Farr (D-CA) introduced H.R. 6134, the Truth in Trials Act. This bill provides an affirmative defense for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States. If I have the opportunity to vote on any of these bills in the future, I will keep your thoughts in mind.
I believe legalizing drugs, including marijuana, is a detriment to society and will endanger future generations. There is consistent empirical evidence that shows drug legalization does not curb demand problems. In fact, drug abuse rates tend to increase when drugs are legalized. Furthermore, evidence shows that crime rates dramatically increase when drugs are legalized. Finally, legalizing marijuana sends the signal to people that marijuana use is okay as it establishes the condition for its increased general use. For these reasons, I do not support the legalization of marijuana and will work with law enforcement in the Central Valley to curb illegal drug activity of every kind.
Once again, thank you for contacting me. I encourage you to stay up to date with my activity in Washington, D.C., and in California's 19th District on my website, www.denham.house.gov , and on my social media sites: @ RepJeffDenham on Twitter and Representative Jeff Denham on Facebook.