Drug Laws and Tyranny

The American justice system is failing. America has the highest rate of incarceration with many offenders filling the cells due to mild, personal drug use, and while this is one of many reasons for the decimalization of drugs, the decriminalization of drugs isn’t the point of this article. The point is to focus on what this failing justice system means and how drug laws have in a very real way helped to create an American tyranny.

In 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution went into effect prohibiting the sale of alcohol in America not just by law, but by a Constitutional Amendment, but over a period of 13 years, Prohibition failed miserably, and in 1933 the Twenty-First Amendment was ratified placing alcohol back on the streets. The importance of this was two-fold: 1) There was documented evidence that making drugs illegal doesn’t work and 2) a precedent was set that to illegalize drugs a Constitutional Amendment is necessary.

In the first case, it is readily seen even today by mass incarceration of drug offenders that the illegalization of drugs still doesn’t work, but the focus of this article is on the second issue and the fact that that precedent is no longer being followed. Drugs are now made illegal simply by law and law alone. Now this might not seem like a big deal, but it is arguable that when America first stopped following this precedent, many seeds of tyranny were planted in the American garden.

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17 and Counting. Connecticut Defies DC

Approximately one week ago, I wrote a blog entry discussing Connecticut House Bill 5389, which would allow for the legalization of medicinal marijuana in Connecticut. On Saturday, the bill was passed by the state Senate and is now headed off to Governor Dannel P. Malloy who has openly stated that he plans on signing it into law.

Connecticut will become the 17th state (plus D.C.) to defy D.C. edicts and legalize medicinal marijuana.

Most important now though is that fellow Tenthers like you and I, show support for legalized medicinal marijuana both in Connecticut and in our own states. We must continue taking this battle to the streets. Medical marijuana is perhaps the most important issue in terms of state rights for two main reasons:

1) The federal government want to punish marijuana users as criminals. As a result, legal medicinal marijuana in now 16 (and soon 17) states is a very big slap in Uncle Sam’s face.

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Medicinal Marijuana and Connecticut: House Bill 5389

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…

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