An initiative to legalize marijuana in California has garnered enough signatures for placement on the 2010 ballot, according to its supporters.
The [regrettably titled] Tax and Regulate Initiative has far more than the nearly 434,000 signatures needed to make the statewide ballot, said Richard Lee, well-known Oakland medical marijuana entrepreneur and the initiative’s main backer. Campaign organizers say they will submit more than 650,000 signatures of registered voters next month.
The proposal would legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older. Residents could cultivate marijuana gardens up to 25 square feet. City and county governments would determine whether to permit and tax marijuana sales within their boundaries.
And the piece de resistance:
Marijuana is illegal under federal law. But some legal scholars have argued the U.S. government could do little to make California enforce the federal ban if the drug became legal under state law.
Pardon my French, but no s#!*, Sherlock. It’s called nullification, and it works.
To the author’s credit, though, she managed to make it all the way through an article quite clearly describing the Tenth Amendment in action without comparing legalization advocates to slaveholders in the antebellum South even once.