Currently, 16 states have laws allowing medicinal marijuana usage, and with Connecticut House Bill 5389 passing through the Connecticut House by a 96-51 affirmative vote, there may soon be a 17th.
The purpose of this bill is to legalize “palliative marijuana.” The bill states in Section 1.2.B that “any medical condition, medical treatment or disease approved by the Department of Consumer Protection…” will be means for a medicinal marijuana prescription. The nay-sayers are worried about the violation of federal “law,” but with 16 other states already violating this so-called law, a precedent has been set (though last year, a similar bill failed in Connecticut). Of course, the Constitution does not delegate drug policy power to the federal government, thus leaving it to the states and the people.
If passed into law, the bill declares no dispensaries may be prosecuted. Of course, the Department of Justice says it will not respect the state law, saying that only terminally ill patients will be safe from prosecution.
It is very important for if this bill to passed into law. If it does, over one-third of American states will have legalized medicinal marijuana.
Furthermore, eleven other states have pending legislation relating to medicinal marijuana. This makes the issue of medicinal marijuana perhaps the most important issue in terms of state rights and the Tenth Amendment. The fact that these states are growing and selling marijuana to sick patients in a well-regulated and legal manner shows that the states are able and willing to work on their own to provide healthcare without draconian federal federal measures.
House Bill 5389 is just another prime example of why the United States does not need the mandates of Obamacare, Romneycare, or any other federal healthcare program. The states can and are providing medical programs to their citizens and as Connecticut is proving, they will continue to do so regardless of what Uncle Sam tries to throw in their way.
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