A marijuana activist is doing something “special” to bring attention to the fact that the federal government is completely ignoring the 10th Amendment. Writes Angela Macdonald of Examiner.com:
Angela, the host, producer, and writer of The Reefer Report has vowed to wear no clothing during her ten minute news program.
“The Federal government is stripping the citizens of the United States of their 10th amendment rights. Until medical marijuana is legalized on a federal level, I will not be wearing clothes on the show.”
Angela went on to explain how important the 10th amendment is by stating, “We are not allowed to petition a vote on the federal level like we can on a state level. We can’t even vote on any federal issues during an election. This is why the 10th amendment is so important. On top of all this, how can we expect police in any give state to do their jobs when the federal government can just come in and over-ride what the citizens of that state voted into law? The 10th amendment is just as important as any other amendment, and it was written for a reason.”
It’s important to note that the federal government is seriously violating the Constitution’s doctrine of delegated powers by continuing the criminalization of marijuana. Their stretching of the commerce clause as an excuse has given precedent for them to invade many other areas too.
While I strongly support efforts to make decisions on marijuana, and many other issues, on a state-level, a proper understanding of the Constitution makes it clear that the federal government is not authorized to either criminalize or legalize marijuana.
What they need to do is not force either side on everyone – they just need to get out of the issue altogether.
Either way, it’s certainly good to see more and more people getting behind these principles of decentralization. Find the show here.