Published: Saturday, March 29 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Obama can remove cannabis as a controlled substance, as it should be. Nixon lied
and now incremental retardation keeps little girls from seizure treatment and
fills for profit cages with veterans. Enough!Any change is resisted
because bureaucrats have a vested interestin the chaos in which they
exist.- Richard Milhouse Nixon
Yes, we should definitely follow their lead.
Let me guess - You want States Rights when you don't like the policy but
want the Federal Government to be in charge when you do like the law.
If the marijuana is cultivated inside the same state where it is sold by a
citizen of that state, and consumed by said citizen without crossing state
lines, how does the federal government under the US Constitution have any
So, Utah should be able to make their own regulations about guns (and a bunch of
other stuff) and it is federal overreach if the federal government gets involved
- but not only it is not federal overreach for the government to be involved in
Colorado's regulation of marijuana, it is dereliction of duty if they
don't get involved - and, of course, Utah's medical use of hemp (which
will be interstate commerce) is a completely different thing altogether. Utah good - others bad. Got it.
You failed to Mention Nevada Legalizing...
We are surrendering America to degradation and this is a prime example of it.
What - this from the same editorial staff the rants about states rights, the
over stepping of the federal government? States should retain and have sole
discretion on who marries who.. but should not have that power because of the
harmful effects of pot? Should the states therefor also loose the right to
regulate alcohol, based on the given rationalization?I don't
want to be misunderstood here. I am not claiming that states should allow gay
marriage, nor am I acting as a proponent for the legalization of pot. What I am
for is consistency of message. The DN staff seems to find no need to maintain
a consistent message.Or is this yet another example of how people
are multifaceted, that they are conservative in some instances, and more
progressive in others. Is it therefor possible states rights is not an all or
nothing proposition - neither is it a progressive or conservative issue.
It takes some audacity to print an editorial against pot because it's a
'harmful substance' a few days after one which decried taxes on
cigarettes. Talk about your harmful substance.
Interesting. The DN supports Bishop in changing a federal law which affect
federal lands in Utah and the state's move to have control over those
lands, supports state initiatives such as Amendment 3, and are avid state's
rights advocates on several other issues, but when it comes to states which pass
laws legalizing marijuana, they say states are flaunting federal laws. I guess
it all depends on what you personally approve or disapprove of when it comes to
federal vs. state.
If you understand principles of truth, the answers are much easier to identify.
First, does the Federal Government have a legitimate role in controlling
Cannabis? Perhaps, but only as it relates to interstate commerce (the
transporting of items between states), not as to legality to possess. Second,
does Cannabis have legitimate value in the treatment of medical or emotional
issues? More and more research indicates that it does. Can it be misused? Yes,
but so can prescription drugs, glue, cold remedies and even other plants such as
oleander and potato sprouts (which are both deadly if consumed). Do we outlaw
these other items, or do we punish people if they misuse them and harm others in
the process? The answer becomes pretty clear when you consider principles of
truth. Every plant that grows on God's earth has a purpose and we should
honor that purpose. We should not destroy lives and sustain the cost of
incarcerating people for years and in some cases for life for simply possessing
plants that grow here naturally - especially if that use is to help them and
others treat physical and emotional issues.
I live in Washington State and grow marijuana for my personal use. I have stage
4 liver disease. I have mixed emotions to those who claim they want to protect
"us" from Marijuana. In Washington State, our new law protect my right
to grow, enjoy, and produce it. If this is not personal Liberty, then I must not
be in the good old USA, Washington in particular. After all, it is just a
plant, given by our creator, just as he gave us other potentially harmful
substances like opium poppies. Look around your neighborhood this summer for
those.Our local and state courts no longer waste time and taxes
prosecuting, jailing, and monitoring, citizens who enjoy marijuana. Accidents
per mile driven data shows no increase in car wrecks from Marijuana. Our taxes
may not increase or even drop, as the state reaps billions from this new Liberty
driven industry. Come for a visit soon. Your Liberty needs a vacation!
According to the ACLU, minor pot convictions were down over 90% from 2012 to
2013 in Washington State. Thus freeing up law enforcement to go after real
criminals, and reducing the horrendous costs of locking up these minor
offenders.Ron Paul has come out in favor of legalization of
marijuana, it will be interesting to hear what Rand Paul will say about the
wacky weed in his almost certain presidential bid.
It's genuinely astounding that there are people gazing at the horizon
expecting the imminent arrival of the Federal cavalry riding in to strike down
State laws that re-legalize cannabis. It's even more astonishing when
Californians do so after 17 years and 4 trips to the SCOTUS for the
Compassionate Use Act (CUA) with that law still in force.The Feds
have given their answer to I-502 and A-64...there's nothing that they can
do about those laws. Yes, the Feds can enforce their laws using their resources.
But Californians have seen that first hand. The Feds haven't been able to
shut down the CUA and it's pushing two decades now.Federal
preemption? Doesn't anyone ever wonder why the only cases using that lame
argument have been filed by State and Local authorities?
Gay marriage and marijuana being legalized on the same day in Washington State.
Leviticus 20:13: "If a man lays with another man he should be
stoned." We've just been interpreting it incorrectly for
all these years.
The war on drugs is an instance where the 'cure' is worse than the
disease. The only real fix is education. Teach children that taking these drugs
degrades quality of life. This won't work for everyone but this course of
action is still better than the one we are on.We keep people in
prison for decades often on trumped up drug charges. The United States keeps
more people in prison than any other country. This wastes billions of dollars
every year not to mention all the destroyed lives.
The Constitution does not grant to the federal government the right to regulate
marijuana. Remember prohibition against alcohol? They amended the Constitution
for that whole fiasco - because back then they had a greater respect for the
Constitution. Remember the 10th amendment to the Constitution? The determination
whether I want to ingest marijuana is left up to me (I choose not to). Maybe the
state (Utah) could be involved - but it's not Utah's business
either.And you claim marijuana is dangerous. Really? Look at the
history of why it was banned and why it continues to be banned. The police
agencies make a killing (pun not intended, but appropriate) with asset
forfeiture. The pharmaceutical industry doesn't want people to discover the
properties of this plant - yes, it helps some people suffering from medical
conditions.I'm surprised at how misleading and out-of-touch
with reality this opinion piece is.
My neck hurts. I was riding down the editorial road, expecting to read a piece
decrying the Feds stomping on State's Rights when a huge load of
double-standard slammed into me. I think I may have whiplash from
the sudden change in direction.
Justice is wavering because the law was never just. An unjust law is immoral to
enforce, and we see our society moving in the right direction.
Yes, marijuana can be harmful but in some medical cases it has been beneficial.
It's still in the research process but laboratories are testing hemp oil
for heart conditions, skin disease and seizure's. Their findings have been
surprisingly positive and have found more medical conditions that could also
benefit from hemp oil. Now... To the author of this article... let's talk
about tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs that have been killing the public
for decades. Oh yeah, those are legalized drug's so it's okay to be
addicted or to consume them. It's up to the individual to have good
judgement and moderate themselves. The real problem in this country is too much
government and the unrelenting greed of big corporation's. So with all due
respect... Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
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