On Marijuana in California: “Feds Should Get the Hell Out”

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The Obama administration has really upped the ante in its attack on states’ rights. Paul Armentano of NORML and Larry Pratty of Gun Owners of America join us to discuss the recent threats against medical marijuana AND the 2nd Amendment at the same time. The ATF, IRS, DEA, DOJ and others are all joining forces to advance an ideology of centralized control in Washington DC.

Paul Armentano is the deputy director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He provided some strong perspective on the Obama administration’s direct attack on states rights and the will of the people in the states.

Paul is the co-author of the book book, Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

Larry Pratt also joined the show to talk about this attack – and others – especially on the right to keep and bear arms. Larry has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for over 30 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their Second Amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.

Mr Pratt discussed the ATF suspending the 2nd Amendment for medical marijuana users, and also gave us some explosive news coming out of New Mexico – about a sheriff telling the feds to stuff it.

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The PATRIOT Act: Who Voted Against the Constitution?

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center

On September 21, a federal court recognized what we all knew already (well, OK, everyone except the president and the geniuses in congress…).  The PATRIOT Act is an unconstitutional violation of the Fourth Amendment tothe US Constitution.  As MSNBC reports,

Two provisions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow search warrants to be issued without a showing of probable cause, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as amended by the Patriot Act, “now permits the executive branch of government to conduct surveillance and searches of American citizens without satisfying the probable cause requirements of the Fourth Amendment.”

Earlier in the year, when the house was voting on whether or not to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act, I contacted my representative in the House of Representatives, Congressman Patrick Meehan.  I asked him to vote against this unconstitutional abuse of power.  I received this e-mail in reply.

February 28, 2011

Dear Mr. Palmer:

Thank you for contacting me regarding recent legislative activity pertaining to the PATRIOT Act.  I appreciate hearing from you and having the benefit of your views.  Recently, I joined 274 of my colleagues in a bipartisan vote to temporarily extend three provisions of the PATRIOT Act and the related Intelligence Reform Act that were set to expire at the end of February.  Section 215, the “Business Records Provision,” enables the FBI to apply for FISA court approval to access books, records, and other “tangible things” in intelligence and terrorism cases. Section 206, the “Roving Wiretaps Provision,” authorizes FISA courts to order multi-point wiretaps that follow an individual person rather than a single, specific communications device.  Section 6001, the “Lone Wolf Provision,” permits the surveillance of foreign terrorists who cannot be directly linked to an identifiable foreign power or terror organization.

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