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Published: Saturday, March 29 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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SCruz, CA

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 interest
in the chaos in which they exist.
- Richard Milhouse Nixon

Holladay, UT

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.

Wailuku, HI

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 jurisdiction?

Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

Mesquite, NV

You failed to Mention Nevada Legalizing...

Somewhere in Time, UT

We are surrendering America to degradation and this is a prime example of it.

Durham, NC

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.

American Fork, UT

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

La Verkin, UT

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.

Olympia, WA

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!

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

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.

Silver Spring, MD

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?

Hayden, ID

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.

Bountiful, UT

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.

Elk River, MN

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.

Cleveland , OH

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.

san antonio, TX

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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