Medical Marijuana

Stories like the following simply boggle my mind. Someone ‘leaked’ the following story regarding what should have been a non-issue – since the federal government had no jurisdiction in the first place. The federal government knows no shame.

Feds to issue new medical marijuana policy

Oct 19, 2009

By Devlin Barrett

Medical Marijuana

Federal drug agents won’t pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration.

Fourteen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

It shouldn’t make a piddlers dam who the president du jour is, the feds or the various tentacles of their fascist policymakers don’t have any business dictacting to the several states matters of law and public policy. These officials have sworn a solemn oath to uphold the United States Constitution, violation of such is punishable under the law.

The duties and responsibilities of the federal government are well defined. So, why are our state governments allowing our sovereignty to come into question?

Though I’ve never been to Montana, it makes me proud to know there are leaders in Montana who have guts and gumption. They thumbed their noses at Washington D.C. and told those fascists where to go. Montana, as well as a few more states, have introduced or passed legislation regulating the sale of firearms to state residents. It’s a small step in the right direction. The federal government has been walking over states rights for over 40 years now.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in March that he wanted federal law enforcement officials to pursue those who violate both federal and state law, but it has not been clear how that goal would be put into practice.

The memo, the officials said, emphasizes that prosecutors have wide discretion in choosing which cases to pursue, and says it is not a good use of federal manpower to prosecute those who are without a doubt in compliance with state law.

Again, unless we are talking about huge drug cartels, the Mafia or international drug traffickers, there is that pesky little Constitutional issue standing in the way of the DEA prosecuting drug-related crimes. This is the right and responsibility of the individual states – it’s not a federal crime.

Granted, technically, I suppose the feds could target anyone using the federal highway system since it is paid for with federal dollars. You had to admire New Hampshire, the only state willing to tell Washington flunkies where to shove their federal highway dollars. New Hamphire is the only state in the union without a seat belt law. I salute New Hampshire lawmakers – good for you.

“This is a major step forward,” said Bruce Mirken, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “This change in policy moves the federal government dramatically toward respecting scientific and practical reality.”

In particular, the memo urges prosecutors to pursue marijuana cases which involve violence, the illegal use of firearms, selling pot to minors, money laundering or involvement in other crimes.

And while the policy memo describes a change in priorities away from prosecuting medical marijuana cases, it does not rule out the possibility that the federal government could still prosecute someone whose activities are allowed under state law.

The key words here are “allowed under state law”. The last time I checked each state has it’s own constitution, it’s own set of codified laws and elected officials. What more can I say? The Federal Government needs to butt out.