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Justin Amash
I defend • Libertarian • “Laws must be general, equal, and certain.” —F.A. Hayek
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Justin Amash 1h
Replying to @m_woodrat
I weigh these things and still think the bill’s better than continuing to imprison people for marijuana, but I understand your concerns.
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Justin Amash 2h
Replying to @m_woodrat
The speaker decides what we vote on. I did create a better bill, but that’s not what we get to vote on. You’re asking for a scenario that doesn’t exist in reality. The only issue is the bill in front of us. Prohibition (the status quo) is obviously the worse of the two options.
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Justin Amash 2h
Replying to @azzir80 @Pdog119
That’s how voting on a bill works. We don’t get to decide what’s voted on (unfortunately). We don’t get to have our perfect bill in front of us—ever. We simply decide which is better, passage of the bill or the status quo. The status quo is imprisonment. The bill is better.
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Justin Amash 2h
Replying to @webbbh @JoshuaDHunter
People are currently going to prison. The bill substantially reduces federal criminalization.
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Justin Amash 2h
Replying to @m_woodrat
Unlike an election with multiple candidates, voting on legislation always involves a binary choice between passage and the status quo (unless you vote present). A choice between prohibition/criminalization and regulation/taxation is straightforward. Less intervention is better.
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Justin Amash 3h
Replying to @webbbh
Compared to the current penalties? Yeah. It’s not even a close call.
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Justin Amash 4h
The marijuana bill: Better to tax marijuana like alcohol than keep it illegal, which amounts to an infinite tax. Better to have some regulation of marijuana than the current maximal regulation: prohibition. Better to let people buy marijuana than put people in prison for it.
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Justin Amash 8h
With marijuana illegal, you can’t lawfully obtain it at any price and face imprisonment for possession or sale. There’s no worse tax than infinity and no worse regulation than prohibition.
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Justin Amash 10h
Replying to @NickLaFave @cspan
My understanding is that it’s a legacy technology issue at the House of Representatives.
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Justin Amash 11h
Replying to @justinamash
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Justin Amash 11h
Replying to @RichardManzoNH
I don’t think so.
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Justin Amash 11h
*Libertarian
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Justin Amash 12h
Replying to @philmo_ @LibertyAnders
Trump is nearly the opposite of a libertarian, and he’s obviously not a Libertarian.
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Justin Amash 13h
Replying to @LibertyAnders
I was elected to six terms as a state representative and U.S. representative, and I openly campaigned and legislated as a libertarian. I think what most libertarians don’t recognize is that a lot of people fundamentally agree with us. We just need to engage with them.
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Justin Amash 13h
Replying to @BenjaminAD7
The resolution (rule for consideration) incorporated an amendment that limits the resentencing and expunging provisions.
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Justin Amash 13h
Replying to @urbanmeyerlives
Yes, unfortunately. But those concerns are easily outweighed by the benefits of legalizing marijuana, resentencing and expunging convictions, and eliminating various collateral consequences in federal programs for marijuana convictions.
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Justin Amash 14h
Libertarians win.
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Justin Amash 15h
Stop centralizing power in just a couple congressional leaders in the House and Senate. This isn’t the way Congress is supposed to work.
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Justin Amash Dec 3
Replying to @Scott_Mueller
A lot of stuff gets put into legislation that serves no or limited legal function. In this case, it’s a heading. I have no problem with removing or modifying a heading.
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Justin Amash Dec 3
People always say we have to pass the NDAA to give a raise to the troops. But if we all agree the troops deserve a raise, we can easily pass such a bill on its own; it doesn’t need to be in the NDAA. If you’re not willing to pass it separately, then it’s clearly just an excuse.
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