President Puffs on Marijuana: “No Change in Law”

President Obama has brought neither change nor hope when it comes to federal marijuana prohibition and its constitutional ramifications.

But you’d think the Evolver in Chief would have second thoughts after his own former favorite for US Surgeon General, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, recently changed his mind on the issue.

Following the CNN documentary “Weed,” hosted by Gupta, in which he presents a case to lift marijuana from the Schedule 1 federal classification, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest stuck to the script.

“The administration’s position on this has been clear and consistent for some time now. While the prosecution of drug traffickers remains an important priority, the president and the administration believe that the targeting of individual marijuana users, especially those with serious illnesses and their caregivers, is not the best allocation of federal law enforcement resources.”

Where is the hope in continuing policies that have doubled marijuana-related incarceration, contributing to the largest imprisoned population in the world? There’s certainly no hope for the young African-American male, who is arrested 3-4 more times more on average than his white counterparts. In Obama’s own home state of Illinois, 58 percent of those arrested for possession are African-Americans, who make up just 15 percent of the population.

Judging by Obama’s record on marijuana prosecutions, his definition of “drug traffickers” is about as clear as his definition of “terrorist” or “transparency.” Federal agents have stepped up aggressive enforcement, targeting medical marijuana dispensaries in several states.  But statistics are proving that no matter how much they increase enforcement, the federal government is failing in its effort to stop the state nullification efforts against their national prohibition scheme.

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Absolute and Irresponsible Authority

Richard Nixon kicked off a War on Drugs that still rages today.

Nixon’s directive has remained true for the last 40 years.

“This is one area where we cannot have budget cuts because we must wage what I have called total war against public enemy number one in the United States, the problem of dangerous drugs.”

In total war, combatants and the civilian population are not differentiated.

When the phenomena of crack cocaine (crack cocaine is just powder cocaine with baking soda, water, and heat) hit the streets, President Reagan signed into law mandatory minimum sentences that disproportionally sentenced users of crack cocaine and users powder cocaine. Crack, with it longer sentences, was primarily a poor minority drug.

Methamphetamine sparked the three strikes rule in the 90′s, and people are now serving life sentences for non-violent drug crimes.

Today we’ve moved on to the synthetics. We had the sudden DEA terror show that started with the zombie face eating frenzy. That hasn’t popped back up in mainstream media, but now the feds have been able to throw it on a Schedule too.

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Nullifying Washington D.C. in Washington D.C?

Even Washington D.C. is rebelling against the tyranny of Washington D.C.!

The city has joined many other cities and started distribution of medical marijuana to sick patients, according to a UPI report. Recently, a medical marijuana sale was conducted there for the first time in 70 years.

The people voted for legalization of  medical marijuana all the way back in 1998, but Congress denied the right of patients to get their medicine for many more years. Restrictions against medical marijuana were finally lifted in 2009, but it took four long years for the inept bureaucracy to get their regulatory system in order. Now, Washington D.C. gets to enjoy medical freedom through their resistance against the fed’s unjust laws.

The city of Washington D.C. followed the right process constitutionally. While the Constitution delegates no power for the feds to regulate a plant within the borders of a state, Congress does have the authority to legislate on marijuana within the borders of D.C., a federal enclave. But from a moral standpoint, I think they made the big mistake of complying with the federal regulations for as long as they did. Medical marijuana is a life and death issue for many gravely ill people out there. The tyrannical, asinine laws should have been disobeyed immediately, so that the sick could utilize proper treatments. Many lives could have potentially been saved if this happened.

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Obama’s Feeble Failing Crusade Against Marijuana Nullification

The feds just don’t know when to quit.

Even as state after state tells the feds that their marijuana laws are null and void, the Obama administration still insists on blowing hundreds of millions of taxpayer money to deny the will of the people, and to crack down on patients and caregivers.

This is the legacy of Barack “I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users” Obama. My oh my, how six years can change a man!

Obama pursues ridiculous policies that he doesn’t even believe in because he needs to grease his cronies. After Obama sold his soul to the pharmaceutical industry to get them on the side of his health care takeover, he now needs to do their dirty work and strong arm their competitors. As usual, the corporations and big government win, while sick patients and the taxpayer lose. That’s medicine in America in a nutshell.

The good news is that crooks like Obama are losing.

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ThinkProgress Getting on the N-Train?

Leftists often attack nullification.

Sometimes, it seems that MSNBC makes a living at it. However, there is some hope that many who lean left are actually starting to embrace the concept, although still loath to use the word. For example, the ACLU has created a toolkit for local and state resolutions against the NDAA.

So, could that venerable far-left organization known as ThinkProgress ever climb aboard the nullification train? Not likely, eh?

BUT WAIT!

In their article, Berkley to Federal Prosecutors: Don’t Mess With Our Medical Marijuana Program, they reported positively on Berkley’s attempts to stop the feds from future seizures of property belonging to the cities’ medical marijuana dispensaries.

“The city is arguing that the federal government is improperly interfering with the city’s own financial and regulatory interests, as well as its residents’ medical interests.”

The article also lists Oakland as another California city taking similar measures. Of course, they don’t use the “n” word: nullification.

Some of the comments left by readers of ThinkProgress add an interesting railroad spike to this story – hardly a crowd that can be called ultra right-winged nutjobs.

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Judicial Watch: Partisan Hacks on the Constitution?

The folks at the conservative legal blog Judicial Watch are hopping mad that the Obama Administration and their buddies at the ACLU are waving the white flag of surrender in the drug war.

Wait. What?

According to a Jun 10 blog post titled ‘DOJ Takes ACLU’s Lead on Pot Shops; Ignore the Law‘ which looks like it may have been written in bizarro world.

“The fact remains that federal law prohibits [marijuana] and therefore it’s a slap in the face to law and order that these illicit enterprises are surfacing around the country, especially in the area surrounding the U.S. government. A national news report points out that two new pot businesses will operate in the shadow of Congress and will mark one of the boldest moves yet for the nation’s marijuana movement.”

This possibility, however contrived, horrifies the ‘law and order’ conservatives over at Judicial Watch. So much so that they are willing to trample the Constitution to continue their “war” on a plant. The so-called “War on Drugs” rests on the same constitutional authority as most of the other American wars over the last 70 years.

None.

Question me? Consider this: why did the federal government need a constitutional amendment to fight its war on alcohol?

The Constitution delegates no power to the federal government to prohibit marijuana.

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Utah Aids Federal Lawlessness

The state of Utah has sided with the feds against the Constitution by choosing to enforce a “law” that denies gun rights to sick people.

“Utah, complying with the federal Gun Control Act, denies or revokes concealed-carry firearms permits for anyone with a prescription for marijuana. While Utah doesn’t allow marijuana to treat ailments, eight of the 31 states that recognize Utah’s concealed firearms permit do,” The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Utah does not allow for the use of medical marijuana, but eight of the 31 states that recognize its concealed firearms permit do. Utah’s permits are extremely popular outside of the state.

The federal law does not deny conceal permits to those taking prescription opiates or other drugs.

This situation perfectly illustrates the callousness and idiocy of federal law. Because a seriously ill patient’s doctor chooses to treat her with cannabis (tremendously beneficial for a whole host of ailments, despite what the DEA says), the feds deny a constitutionally protected right.  Meanwhile, if a doctor prescribes pharmaceutical pills that kill thousands of people per year, are highly addictive and have far more negative side-effects than marijuana, they are free to hold a concealed carry permit, unless they are suspected of abuse.

Talk about a horrific and ridiculous double-standard.

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21 and Counting: Illinois Nullifies Federal “Laws” on Marijuana

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – And now there are 21.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana on Thursday, making it the 21st state to nullify the federal prohibition on weed.

The bill allows doctors to prescribe up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks to patients suffering from 21 illnesses, including cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis. Patients will be able to buy medical marijuana from one of 60 licensed dispensing centers. The new law does not allow patients to grow their own. The state will register 22 cultivation centers.

The Illinois House passed the bill 61-57. The Senate approved the measure 35-21.

A military veteran joined Quinn at the signing ceremony at the University of Chicago. Jim Champion suffers from multiple sclerosis and shared how marijuana helps reduce his pain. His wife indicated it allows her husband to cut his prescribed medication in half. He said he was glad he would no longer have to break the law to get relief.

“Now, we’re going to be offered a safer and more effective alternative to pain and spasm relief than the pharmaceuticals that we’ve been given by the bucket loads in the past,” he said. “I’ve always been ashamed that I was criminalized by the actions that I was forced to take for my pain relief.”

Quinn said the law represents an act of compassion.

“I feel that this is something, whatever faith we practice, we all believe that helping those who are sick, helping them recover and also helping them deal with pain. That’s a tenet in every faith and every religion,” he said. “So we’re really, I think, doing the right thing in Illinois.”

The feds disagree. In fact, they still brand Champion, and thousands like him, criminals.

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New Hampshire Nullifies Federal “Laws” on Marijuana

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.

None.

Doubt this? Then ask yourself why it took a constitutional amendment to legalize federal alcohol prohibition?

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US Conference of Mayors to Feds: Stop Interfering with State Marijuana Laws

The U.S. Conference of Mayors resolved last week to support “states setting their own marijuana policies without federal interference” and specifically called on President Obama to stand down on the crackdowns.

“The United States Conference of Mayors urges the President of the United States to reexamine the priorities of federal agencies to prevent the expenditure of resources on actions that undermine the duly enacted marijuana laws of states.”

The entire resolution is available HERE.

The resolution featured 18 cosponsors, including Seattle, Wash., Mayor Mike McGinn; Las Vegas, Nev., Mayor Carolyn Goodman; Oakland, Calif., Mayor Jean Quan and Alexandria, Va., Mayor William Euille.  Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker even supported the resolution. That’s worth noting, considering Utah isn’t exactly a haven for pot enthusiasts. Sales of any amount calls for five years incarceration plus a $5,000 fine under state law.

“The bipartisan resolution we passed today simply asks the federal government to give us time to implement these new policies properly and without interference. Cities and states across the country are enacting forward-thinking reforms to failed marijuana prohibition policies, and for the federal government to stand in the way is wasteful and contrary to the wishes of the American people,” Aurora, Colo., Mayor Steve Hogan said in a press release.

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