Marijuana Nullification Squeezing Police State; Cop Leaders Throw Hissy-Fit

File this in the category of more evidence nullification works.

Last week,  Eric Holder’s Department of Justice essentially backed down in the face of marijuana legalization by popular vote in both Colorado and Washington state, saying the feds won’t challenge the state laws defying federal statute, as long as the states create “tightly regulated” markets that address eight federal “enforcement priorities.”

The DOJ announcement apparently made a lot of cops mad.

And as Huffington Post columnist Ryan Grim points out, “If there had been doubt about how meaningful Holder’s move was, the fury reflected in the police response eliminates it.”

In a joint letter, the leaders of seven national law enforcement organizations pitched a little fit. The groups represented include the National Sheriffs’ Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies and the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association.


1973 War Powers Resolution is Unconstitutional, Too

the WPR is profoundly unconstitutional because it cedes Congress’ constitutional war-making power to the president. The WPR was an ill-conceived political compromise effectuated by a Watergate-weakened president, congressional hawks who approved of Nixon’s unilateral invasion of Cambodia and sober congressional heads more faithful to the separation of powers.


The Pentagon vs Texas and Mississippi

I was contacted by a reporter from asking for comment regarding a news item in Texas and Mississippi. According to the Associated Press, the Texas and Mississippi National Guards “won’t give same-sex benefits at some locations,” citing state gay-marriage bans.

Setting aside my own personal view that government-issued marriage license are an affront to the peace and liberty of people from all backgrounds (and were often used in the 19th century as an attempt to prevent interracial marriage), there certainly are some important constitutional issues here.

Constitutionally-speaking, the National Guard of each state is not like a county – a simple political subdivision of the Pentagon. The Constitutional articles of note are:

Article I, Section 8, Clause 15:

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

and Clause 16: