The federal prohibition on marijuana doesn’t seem to serve as much of a deterrent to the people of those states who want it legalized within their borders.
Congress and the president claim the constitutional authority to prohibit weed. The Supreme Court concurs. But claiming something doesn’t make it so. I can claim I am a unicorn, but I still don’t have a horn. Clearly, the Constitution delegates no power of marijuana regulation to the feds. And the so-called war on drugs rests on the same legal authority as all of the other modern-day undeclared wars.
So, more and more states continue to do exactly what they should do when the federal government tries exercise power it does not legitimately possess.
Eighteen states have done just that, legalizing medical marijuana. That wave continues to build, with seven state legislatures already considering medicinal cannabis legislation in the 2013 session, and more likely to follow suit. Then we have the people Colorado and Washington taking the next step, voting for total decriminalization last November. And at least two more states will consider marijuana decriminalization in 2013.
Earlier this month, New Hampshire state Rep. Mark Warden (R-Manchester), along with seven cosponsors, introduced HB337. The proposed act “removes the criminal penalties for possession or use of marijuana.”
The Granite State joins Hawaii in considering marijuana decriminalization in the upcoming legislative season.
The bill adds little to current New Hampshire law. It simply strikes all references to marijuana and related paraphernalia from the state Controlled Drug Act.
A Public Policy Polling survey found that 53 percent of New Hampshire residents support full legalization of weed.
Sources indicate the New Hampshire General Court will also consider legalization of medical marijuana. A similar bill passed both houses last year, but was vetoed by Gov. John Lynch. New Governor Maggie Hassan indicated she supports legalization of medicinal cannabis, making it likely that New Hampshire will at least legalize weed for medical use in the next year.
The rapidly growing and wildly successful state-level movement to legalize marijuana, either completely, or for medical use, proves that states can successfully nullify unconstitutional federal acts. The feds can claim the authority to prohibit pot all they want, but it clearly has done nothing to deter states from moving forward with plans to allow it, pushed by the will of the people.
It also reveals another fun-fact. For all of their opposition and caterwauling about racism and extremism, progressives believe in nullification too.
We should come up with a plan to fix this problem. Here is my proposal:
- Hemp should legalized
- The hemp should then be used to manufacture rope
- The politicians that have wrecked the lives of millions, put people in cages for victimless "crimes", and caused the deaths of 10's of thousands in senseless drug wars would be put on trial for "crimes against humanity".
- If convicted, the legalized hemp rope should be then used to hang the politicians.
Just kidding, (well, kind of), .......but it would be poetic justice.
This post was modified from its original form on 30 Jan, 12:42
Maybe not hang them, but tie them to their prison bunk with it. And deny them the use of pot while they are in prison, if course; by which time they will be begging for a bud. And NO silky soft hemp fabrics to be used for anything that can touch their skin. Instead, some horrid,scratchy synthetic %#&!*% should be used for their clothes and bedding - well, if the get a bed :p
But yeah, the pro-decriminalization movement that has sprouted and will grow, and the MMJ movement sweeping the nation, is not in King Gov's favor. Amen.