Kentucky legislature considers legalization of medical marijuana

Kentucky rests smack in the buckle of the Bible Belt, but the Bluegrass State could soon join 16 other states defying federal law with the legalization of medicinal marijuana.

On Jan. 31, Sen. Perry B. Clark (D-Louisville) introduced SB129, which would make marijuana a schedule II drug in the Commonwealth. Under the proposed law, patients with a valid prescription from a medical doctor could possess not more than five grams of marijuana in a month and could legally cultivate no more than five cannabis plants for personal medical use in Kentucky.

The bill designates the legislation the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act in honor of the four-time gubernatorial candidate. A well-known political figure in Kentucky, Galbraith championed individual rights over his long political career.

“We’re going to take the government out of your bedroom, your bloodstream, your brain, your bladder, your business, your billfold, your back pockets, your bingo halls and your Internet bulletin boards,” he said in a 1995 campaign speech.

Galbraith was an outspoken advocate of marijuana and industrial hemp legalization.

“All we want to do is what’s right for the people,” he once quipped.

Galbraith died last month at the age of 63.

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NDAA Nullification Bill Passes Another Step in Virginia

On Friday, February 10th, the Committee of Courts of Justice in the Virginia House of Delegates voted in favor of House Bill 1160 (HB1160) – unanimously. The final vote was 16-0 with 2 abstaining.

The legislative goal of HB1160 is to codify in Virginia law noncompliance with what many are referring to as the “kidnapping provisions” of section 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA). The official summary of 1160:

“A BILL to prevent any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the investigation, prosecution, or detention of a citizen in violation of the United States Constitution, the Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or regulation.”

HB1160 is sponsored by Delegate Bob Marshall and was introduced on 01-16-12. It previously passed out of Sub-Committee #2 Civil, by a vote of 6-3. After a series of action alerts by the Tenth Amendment Center nationally, and a number of supporting groups locally – Courts of Justice committee members heard from the people they represent that a full house hearing and vote to reject the NDAA is what they wanted.

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Missouri Introduces Sound Money Act of 2012

The list of states introducing sound money legislation continues to grow.  The Missouri Sound Money Act of 2012 was introduced by Representative Paul Curtman as HB1637 and has been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee.  The bill seeks to make law, among other things, the following: “Gold and silver issued by the federal…

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Another Log for the Government Spending Multiplier Fire

At the center of the debate over efforts by policymakers to “stimulate” the economy with government spending is the issue of fiscal multipliers. Some economists argue that government spending can be a free lunch: an additional dollar of government spending increases GDP by more than one dollar. Other economists say that government spending is not…

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Free New England: Repudiate The National Defense Authorization Act

New England was a Jeffersonian region of independent-minded yeoman farmers and free-thinking, independents before the Civil War. We lost that earthy colloquialism to the abstraction of federalism after teaming up for the conquest of the west and the South in 1857 and 1865, and again to globalism after the conquest of Europe and Asia in…

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Earmarks are a Symptom of the Problem

Washington Post investigation identified dozens of examples of federal policymakers directing federal dollars to projects that benefited their property or an immediate family member. Members of Congress have been enriching themselves at taxpayer expense? In other news, the sun rose this morning.

According to the Post, “Under the ethics rules Congress has written for itself, this is both legal and undisclosed”:

By design, ethics rules governing Congress are intended to preserve the freedom of members to direct federal spending in their districts, a process known as earmarking. Such spending has long been cloaked in secrecy and only in recent years has been subjected to more transparency. Although Congress has imposed numerous conflict-of-interest rules on federal agencies and private businesses, the rules it has set for itself are far more permissive.

Lawmakers are required to certify that they do not have a financial stake in the actions they take. In the cases The Post examined, not one lawmaker mentioned that he or she owned property that was near the earmarked project or had a relative who was employed by the company or institution that received the earmark. The reason: Nothing in congressional rules requires them to do so, and the rules do not address proximity.

With the fox guarding the henhouse, the most one can hope to accomplish is to limit the carnage. Many pundits, politicians, and policy wonks argue that a permanent ban on earmarks would be an effective limit. Unfortunately, that’s just wishful thinking as earmarks are merely a symptom of the real problem: Congress can spend other peoples’ money on virtually anything it wants.

Take the example of Rep. Candace Miller (R-MI):

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Missouri Stands on Tenth Amendment to just say NO to Obamacare – HB1534

The Missouri State House has introduced proposed legislation, sponsored by Representative Kurt Bahr, and co-sponsored by Andrew Koenig, which would allow for misdemeanor charges being filed against any state or federal official attempting to enforce or implement the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the state. The legislation also makes plain Missouri’s view, summarizing that the act is considered unconstitutional as it exceeds “the powers granted to Congress under the United States Constitution. Therefore, it is not law and is altogether void and of no force.” The tone of the proposed legislation clearly shows Missouri is not at all happy with the mandate sent down from D.C.

“Null and void from inception” is an accurate way of describing an unconstitutional law inferring it has  no basis or authority within the Constitution for the United States allowing it to be even proposed for debate or voted upon by Congress. The summary text is stating this idea clearly by relaying  ” it is not law and is altogether void and of no force”

Text within the proposal itself specifically declares that Missouri considers Obamacare to be unconstitutional:

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Kansas Health Care Freedom Amendment Heads to Senate Floor

Mary Pilcher-Cook Praises Judiciary Committee Action; Thanks Public for Attendance

Topeka, KS – On Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, the Kansas Health Care Freedom Amendment passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 6 to 4 vote. Originally introduced in the 2010 legislative session, the proposed constitutional amendment was adopted in 2011 by the Kansas House with a 91-27 vote, and this year, on Friday, the measure was forwarded by the committee to the full Senate for debate. Final passage of a constitutional amendment would require a two-thirds vote from the Kansas Senate. It does not need approval by the governor; instead, it would be placed directly on the November ballot for consideration by the voters.

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee), the chief sponsor of the amendment and who has spearheaded it through the legislative process, praised the committee’s actions.

To track health care freedom act bills from across the U.S., click HERE.

“I would like to thank my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee who took their legislative duty seriously to protect the health care liberty of Kansas citizens, and who voted to forward the Health Care Freedom Amendment to the full Senate, giving each senator a chance to be heard on this critical measure. I look forward to the debate and am optimistic we can achieve the required super majority,” she said.

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