CONCORD, N.H. – Yesterday, with the stroke of Governor Maggie Hassan’s pen, New Hampshire became the 20th state to legalize marijuana for medical use. It now joins the swelling ranks of states nullifying the unconstitutional federal ban on weed. The state House voted 284-66 in favor of HB 573 and the senate voted 18-6.
The bill allows patients diagnosed with cancer, Crohn’s disease and approximately twenty initially approved conditions to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana obtained from one of four dispensaries authorized by the state.
“All of us recognize it has been proven to provide relief from pain and suffering,” Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) said.
Even so, the feds define alleviating suffering as a criminal activity. Congress and the president claim the constitutional authority to ban marijuana. The Supreme Court concurs. But the opinions of black-robed judicial oracles don’t magically transform the meaning of the Constitution. It delegates no power to regulate plants grown and used within the borders of a state. And the so-called war on drugs rests on the same legal authority as all of the other modern-day undeclared wars.
Doubt this? Then ask yourself why it took a constitutional amendment to legalize federal alcohol prohibition?Details