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…Details
Editor’s Note: Scheduled to be introduced in Maryland next week – a bill to make medical marijuana legal within the state. This is classic federal government paint with a “broad brush” methodology and it’s good to see my home state taking a stand. While I am firmly against drug misuse, the federal government really has…Details
Not known for being a liberal state by any stretch, we may soon see how people on the left and the right in South Dakota respond to a proposal to decentralize away from D.C. – and legalize medical marijuana in the state. An organization promoting the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes in South Dakota…Details
From CBS affiliate WTVR.com in Richmond: Delegate Harvey Morgan, a Republican from the 98th district, is introducing legislation that would give more patients access to medical marijuana, as long as they had a doctor’s prescription. This could be another positive step toward ending decades of incredibly costly and embarrassingly futile prohibition efforts, at least in…Details
The Tenth Amendment codifies in law that “We the People” of the several states created the federal government to be our agent for certain enumerated purposes only – those powers delegated to the federal government in the Constitution. An honest reading of the Constitution with an original understanding of the Founders and Ratifiers makes it…Details
Skeptics of the 10th Amendment Movement will often say something to the effect of – “It’s all talk, the Supreme Court has already ruled against just about everything you’re trying!” They’re clearly missing the point. This movement is not about waiting for Federal judges or Federal politicians to give us permission to exercise our rights…Details
Tim Pawlenty, the so-called “states’ rights” governor of Minnesota, feels that marijuana should be illegal in his state. OK. I disagree, but I live in California, so if the people of Minnesota agree, that’s their concern. At least that’s how the Constitution see it. Problem is, Governor Tim has no problem making the people of…Details
Skeptical statists will tell you that the 10th Amendment doesn’t have teeth, that is has not been backed by the the Supreme Court, that we who are rallying behind it are a silly novelty. They are greatly missing the point.
The Tenth Amendment movement does not wait for approval from Federal lawmakers or courts to be validated, nor does it need to. The first example in the past decade of state sovereignty scoring a victory without official acknowledgement from DC came when the REAL ID program (Papers please…) came to a grinding halt after multiple states simply said they wouldn’t do it.
What was the response of all powerful Federal behemoth to such insolence? Not much at all really.
There were no tanks rolling down the streets, no court decisions, no legislative debate- REAL ID simply went away quietly once the states asserted their rightful position under the 10th Amendment to nullify an unconstitutional Federal move.Details
One place that most “tenthers” don’t expect to find people who understand the principles of decentralization that the 10th Amendment Stands for is in “liberal capitols” like NYC, LA, SF, and the like. But, keep in mind that decentralization is certainly not about the promotion of “conservative” ideals – or “liberal” ideals, either. It’s about…Details
A recent Fortune Magazine article, “How Marijuana Became Legal” should give Constitutional activists some great ideas on how to approach other issues where the federal government is outside the scope of their constitutionally-delegated powers. Here’s an excerpt: Over the years the government’s position has become progressively more embattled, if not untenable. Thirteen states now have…Details