South Dakotans to vote on legalizing medical marijuana

From the Associated Press: South Dakotans will be asked to vote on legalizing marijuana for use in treating pain, nausea and other health problems. The secretary of state’s office has approved a petition seeking a statewide vote on the proposal in November. A similar measure narrowly failed in the 2006 election, when it received 48…

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Idaho Governor Signs Health Care Freedom Act into Law

Today, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter welcomed legislative sponsors to his office at the Capitol today for the signing of House Bill 391 – the Idaho Health Freedom Act. “Congress and the White House are working out their scheme for pushing through a healthcare ‘reform’ bill that has more pages than the U.S. Constitution has words.…

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State measures quickly crafted as end runs around legislation

Mimi Hall reports on state-level resistance to national health care in the USA Today: In a backlash against President Obama’s health care legislation that stretches from Virginia to California, lawmakers in more than two-thirds of the states are scrambling to undercut the bill before it even passes Congress. Earlier this month, Virginia became the first…

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SD Governor Rounds Signs Firearms Freedom Act into Law

The South Dakota Legislature recently passed SB 89 which declares “exempt from federal regulation any firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured and retained in South Dakota.” Now, a little more than a week later, South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds has signed the bill into law. The bill is the latest of many crafted in states…

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Firearms Freedom Spreading

The Tenth Amendment movement sweeping across the nation has made its way to the Beehive State. The Utah-Made Firearm Act states that all firearms, firearm accessories, and “ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in the state to be used or sold within the state [of Utah] is not subject to federal law or federal…

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Florida’s Road Back to Sovereignty may have some detours

Once upon at time, the following declaration came out of our state capitol. Ordinance of Secession. We, the People of the State of Florida in Convention assembled, do solemnly ordain, publish and declare: That the State of Florida hereby withdraws herself from the Confederacy of States existing under the name of the United States of…

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NH House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

From the Boston Globe: New Hampshire’s House voted Wednesday to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults, but the victory was followed immediately by the governor’s pledge to veto the bill adults to possess one-quarter ounce or less of the substance It also would decriminalize transporting less than one- quarter ounce of the…

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Oklahoma One Step Closer to Firearms Freedom

Yesterday, the Oklahoma House passed House Bill 2994 (HB2994), the Firearms Freedom Act. The vote tally was 89-3. The bill states: A personal firearm, a firearm action or receiver, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in the state to be used or sold within the state is not subject to…

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Idaho House Passes Firearms Freedom Act

Today, the Idaho House passed House Bill 589 (HB589), the Firearms Freedom Act. The vote as 52-17. The bill, which now moves to the Senate, seeks to declare guns or ammunition manufactured and sold in Idaho to be exempt from all federal laws and regulation, including registration requirements – as claimed by D.C. under the…

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Reclaiming the Commerce Clause in Virginia

For decades, using a tortured definition of interstate commerce, Congress has tried to regulate everything, from wheat grown on an individual’s own land for personal consumption, to weed grown in an individual’s own home for the same purpose. Unfortunately (with some notable dissenters aside), the Supreme Court has largely condoned and encouraged such reprehensible legislative…

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