Maryland set to become the 19th State to Nullify the Federal War on Weed

Today, the Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to a bill that allows residents with serious illnesses to obtain medical marijuana via state-regulated programs administrated by academic medical research centers. The Senate passed HB1101 (HB1101) by a vote of 42-4; the House of Delegates approved it 108-28 on March 25. The bill will now be transmitted to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has pledged to sign it into law.

HB1101, sponsored by Del. Dan Morhaim (D-Baltimore), an emergency room physician, creates a commission through which academic medical research centers can apply to operate state-regulated programs that provide patients with marijuana grown by the federal government or state-licensed growers. Program applications will be required to specify qualifying medical conditions for treatment; treatment duration and dosage; where marijuana would be obtained; sources of funding; and a plan for monitoring data and outcomes, among other things. Sinai Hospital has expressed interest in the program, according to Del. Morhaim.

Congress and the president claim the constitutional authority to prohibit weed. The Supreme Court concurs. But sharing an opinion on something doesn’t necessarily make it a fact. You can claim you are a unicorn, but you’re not. Clearly, the Constitution delegates no power of marijuana regulation to the feds. And the so-called war on drugs rests on the same legal authority as all of the other modern-day undeclared wars.

None.

So, more and more states continue to do exactly what they should do when the federal government tries exercise power it does not legitimately possess.

Ignore it.

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Nullify the Fed! Arizona House Passes Constitutional Tender Bill, 36-22

Today, the Arizona House passed Senate Bill 1439 by a vote of 36-22.  (roll call here)

The Constitutional Tender bill allows businesses and the state government to accept payments in gold or silver.    It specifies that legal tender in Arizona consists of all of the following:

1. Legal Tender authorized by Congress.

2. Specie (containing gold or silver) coin issued at any time by the U.S. government.

3. Any other specie that a court of competent jurisdiction rules by a final, unappealable order to be within the scope of state authority to make legal tender.

The bill previously passed the state senate by a vote of 17-11.  Since there was a House amendment which tightened up some of the language, constitutionally, the bill will need one final vote on the floor of the State Senate before going to Jan Brewer’s desk for a signature.

HOUSE AMENDMENT

The amendment passed by the house makes two technical revisions to the bill on the same Constitutional principle.  They are as follows:

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A Message for Trying Times

I’m an optimist by nature.

Even so, sometimes I become discouraged and frustrated. Activism certainly has its ups and downs, and the downs can become downright disillusioning.

I had one of those nights earlier this week. I spoke at an event, passionately presenting the blueprint for rolling back overreaching federal power through nullification at the state and local level. But during the Q&A time, the comments were overwhelmingly negative. The whole group just seemed beaten down and defeated.

“I agree with what you’re saying, but you’re beating a dead horse.”

“It will never work. The feds will just divide and conquer by withholding federal funding.”

“The federal government will throw you in jail.”

And my favorite…

“You’re never going to defeat Obama by re-fighting the Civil War.”

Yikes.

Never mind I’d spent nearly an hour explaining how the strategy IS working. As one angel in the room pointed out, “Just look at the balloons!”

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New Bill would Protect Firearms Manufactured in North Carolina from the Feds

North Carolina Representatives JonesHollowayR. BrownMillis;  and co-sponsors J. BellBrodyB. BrownCollinsConradJordanMoffitt;   introduced  a bill to protect North Carolina manufactured firearms, firearm accessory, or ammunition. Firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which remains within the borders of North Carolina is not subject to federal law or federal  regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce.

HOUSE BILL 518 states that:

A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in North Carolina and that remains exclusively within the borders of North Carolina is not subject to federal law, federal taxation, or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the North Carolina General Assembly that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce.

Furthermore, it states that:

The authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce in basic materials does not include authority to regulate firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition made within North Carolina borders from those materials. Firearms accessories that are imported into North Carolina from another state and that are subject to federal regulation as being in interstate commerce do not subject a firearm to federal regulation under interstate commerce because the firearm accessory is attached to or used in conjunction with a firearm in North Carolina.

The bill goes on the thoroughly describe materials and manufacturing of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately its sale and the rules and regulations of North Carolina. But the main crux of the bill is that if it is manufactured, sold and remains within the borders of North Carolina it does not fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government’s Interstate Commerce clause.

HOUSE BILL 518 makes it a misdemeanor for public officials and dealers who “enforces or attempts to enforce any order, law, rule, or regulation of the United States government relating to a personal firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in North Carolina”.

And finally, the State Attorney General “may defend a citizen of North Carolina who is prosecuted by the United States government for violation of a federal law relating to the manufacture, sale, transfer, or possession of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured.”

I would propose that the North Carolina Legislature make a one-word change that would go a long way to ensuring that the citizens are not put in a difficult position of requiring that they obey state law by violating a federal “law”. That one word change would be “shall” defend them instead of “may” defend them.

The state is to quote Madison “duty bound” to defend its citizens from unconstitutional actions of the federal government, if they don’t they have renounced their sovereignty.

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Washington State Industrial Hemp Bill Needs Your Help!

On Thursday, April 4th, the Washington State House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government had a hearing on HB1888, the Hemp Freedom Act. The bill had already passed the committee on Government Accountability & Oversight by a vote of 8-0.

The federal government has no constitutional authority to ban the production of this industrial plant.   HB1888 would nullify that unconstitutional federal control, and return it where it belongs, to the state of Washington.

The United States is currently the world’s #1 importer of hemp, which is used in food products, clothing, oil and much more.  The top exporters are China and Canada.  At this time of economic difficulty, HB1888 would not only expand freedom and support the Constitution, it would also be a great jobs bill.

Although the hearing went well and the committee members seemed to be supportive, they did not vote to move the bill to the floor. However, there is still a chance for this bill to get a floor vote.

Speaker of the House, Frank Chopp, and Minority Leader, Richard DeBolt, can choose to pull this bill from the committee to the floor. The bill sponsors are urging us to call these leaders and ask them to do so.

TAKE ACTION!  

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