Medical Marijuana and Constitutional Confusion in Virginia

From CBS affiliate WTVR.com in Richmond: Delegate Harvey Morgan, a Republican from the 98th district, is introducing legislation that would give more patients access to medical marijuana, as long as they had a doctor’s prescription. This could be another positive step toward ending decades of incredibly costly and embarrassingly futile prohibition efforts, at least in…

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Washington SJM8018: Affirming State Sovereignty

Introduced yesterday in Washington State is Senate Joint Memorial 8018 (SJM8018). If passed, the resolution would make the position of the legislature as follows: (1) That the State of Washington hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal…

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Nebraska Sovereignty and the Necessity of Balanced Federalism

Nebraska State Senator Tony Fulton has introduced LR292 to “Memorialize the United States Congress to adhere to the principles of federalism in accord with the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.” LR292 is a non-binding resolution, but it used to a) bring the discussion of these essential principles to the public discussion…

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Something in the Water? VA House Speaker Co-Sponsors Tenther Bill

BIG NEWS from Richmond just a few short days before the 10th Amendment rally on January 18th. As reported by the Richmond Tea Party via Tertium Quids: Speaker Howell has asked to be a co-sponsor of the Health Care Reform Bill [HB10], one of two 10th Amendment bills we have before the General Assembly… Get…

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Oklahoma to Consider Nullification of Federal Gun Laws

Oklahoma State Representative Lewis Moore has introduced a “Firearms Freedom Act” for the state – it’s pre-filed for February 1, 2010 as House Bill 2884 (HB2884). If passed, the will would provide that: A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Oklahoma and that remains within the borders…

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Arizona: Resolution to Affirm State Sovereignty

Arizona State Representative Judy Burgess, along with 46 cosponsors have introduced House Concurrent Resolution 2001 (HCR2001) which seeks to “claim sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government or reserved to the people by the Constitution of the United…

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Claiming Sovereignty in Missouri

Introduced in the Missouri Legislature this week are House Concurrent Resolution 25 (HCR25) and Senate Concurrent Resolution 34 (SCR34), both of which claim “sovereignty for the state under the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution for all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government under the Constitution.” HCR25 was introduced by…

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Alabama Firearms Freedom Act: Saying No to Federal Gun Laws

Alabama State Representative Mac Gipson has introduced House Bill 48 (HB48), the “Firearms Freedom Act.”  If passed, the bill would “exempt from federal regulation under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured and retained within the borders of Alabama.” While the FFA’s title focuses on federal…

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Rejecting the Compromise: Health Care Nullification in Nebraska

That’s correct, right from the state that gave you the “Nebraska Compromise” comes proposed legislation to nullify a national health care plan within the borders of the state. Introduced on January 13, 2010 by State Senator Beau McCoy and 11 co-sponsors, LR289CA is a “Constitutional amendment to prohibit laws that restrict or interfere with choice…

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States readying for 10th Amendment show down

A story today in USA Today begins, “Another congressional delegation went to the White House today to talk with President Obama about a health care bill — and another congressional delegation left without talking to reporters.” This is now the standard operating procedure for this administration’s efforts to force a form of health care insurance…

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