Tim Pawlenty, the so-called “states’ rights” governor of Minnesota, feels that marijuana should be illegal in his state. OK. I disagree, but I live in California, so if the people of Minnesota agree, that’s their concern. At least that’s how the Constitution see it.
Problem is, Governor Tim has no problem making the people of the other 49 states pay for the enforcement of his beliefs. That’s the position he took when he vetoed a medical marijuana law for MN earlier this year.
By using the veto, he kept enforcement primarily in the hands of the federal DEA – thus, requiring everyone else around the country to pay for it. The proper way to handle it is this – if the people of Minnesota want to arrest and jail people for marijuana, then they should pay for it.
According to the Minnesota Daily, another bill is expected in 2010:
After passing the Legislature last year only to have it vetoed by the governor, supporters of a medical marijuana bill in Minnesota plan to resubmit a similar bill this year.
If it passes the legislature again, this will be another chance for Pawlenty to prove his “states’ rights” cred. Question is – will Pawlenty recognize that marijuana laws are not authorized to the federal government by the Constitution? If so, he’ll sign the bill. If not, just put him in the ranks of yet another 10th Amendment hypocrite on the national republican scene.