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July 24, 2017

np 008 Marijuana and States’ Rights


Conservatives are quick to point out how important are states rights.  Chris Christie Gov. of N.J. is not one of them. This is what he said in a recent interview regarding marijuana; “You take an oath of office,” Mr. Christie, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said on “Fox and Friends.” “I take one as governor; I will take one as president that says that you’ll enforce the laws — not just enforce the laws you like. You’ll enforce the laws. And marijuana is against the law in the United States and it should be enforced in all 50 states.

 

DAVENPORT, IA - JULY 24: Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to guests gathered for a campaign event at Jersey Grille on July 24, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa. A recent poll had Christie trailing most of his Republican rivals in Iowa. Christie is hoping to gain support in the state with several campaign stops scheduled over this weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

DAVENPORT, IA – JULY 24: Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to guests gathered for a campaign event at Jersey Grille on July 24, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa. A recent poll had Christie trailing most of his Republican rivals in Iowa. Christie is hoping to gain support in the state with several campaign stops scheduled over this weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

 

His fellow candidate Marco Rubio has similar views on enforcement. I think, well, I think we need to enforce our federal laws. Now do states have a right to do what they want? They don’t agree with it, but they have their rights. But they don’t have a right to write federal policy as well….I don’t believe we should be in the business of legalizing additional intoxicants in this country for the primary reason that when you legalize something, what you’re sending a message to young people is it can’t be that bad, because if it was that bad, it wouldn’t be legal.

In comparison with Christie, who said he would “crack down and not permit” state legalization of marijuana, Rubio seems to be a bit more concerned about the limits of federal authority, perhaps recognizing that most Republicans, including a substantial share of those who support prohibition, do not think the feds should impose that policy on states that reject it. He is correct that the states do not have the authority to rewrite federal policy, but that does not mean the Justice Department has to step in when states decide to treat marijuana merchants as legitimate businessmen instead of criminals.  http://rare.us/story/marco-rubio-we-need-to-enforce-federal-marijuana-laws-in-st…

Several of the 2016 Republican candidates believe the 10th Amendment only applies when it’s in agreement with their views.

The removal of the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds in Charleston had some conservatives, including Republican presidential candidates, saying it should be up to the state. Even after the same-sex decision, candidates such as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker insisted this was a states’ rights issue and called for a constitutional amendment to overturn the action.  http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/231608-white-house-irresponsible-not…

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Donald Trump

The businessman and former reality television host supports medical marijuana but has taken conflicting positions on full legalization over the years. He appears to support the right of states to enact their own marijuana laws without federal interference.  https://greenrushinvestors.com/donald-trump/

If Ted Cruz is a such an ardent defender of the rights of the states, as he purports, then he should be praising the president for respecting the decision of Colorado’s citizens that was made based on their values. If Cruz is a defender of limited government, as he says, then he should be against the idea of the federal government reaching into Colorado to punish citizens for individual actions that they make in their lives.

Cruz said he is opposed to the legalization of marijuana for adult use, but he believes states should have the right to establish their own marijuana policies.  https://www.mpp.org/2016-presidential-candidates/

Previously, the senator had criticized the Obama administration for not enforcing federal marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington after voters in those states adopted laws that regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol.

But what Cruz has demonstrated here is not a commitment to the principles of a Constitutional or limited government. He has shown, rather, that he will invoke certain parts of a position when it suits him, and ignore them when it does not. This is, in fact, a consistent problem with “defenders” of the rights of the states. They only care about those rights when they coincide with what policies they want to see enacted.

To be sure, there are consistent supporters of the rights of state and local governments to make their own decisions, but Ted Cruz is not one of them.  http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/ted-cruz-likes-states-rights-except-when-h…

Jeb Bush opposed a 2014 ballot initiative in Florida which would have legalized the sale of marijuana for medical use. Overall, the former governor believes each state should decide the issue. He is unsure whether states or the federal government should enforce marijuana laws. A marijuana smoker in high school,, Bush called his use of the drug then a “stupid decision.” Those who knew him say he was a stoner and a heavy alcohol user. He was also considered a bully by some. Each state should decide on legalization. Florida should not allow either recreational or medical marijuana to be legalized and widely sold.   http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/jeb-bush-believe-candidate-stands-11-issues/

GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said states should have the right to legalize marijuana.

Fiorina said she is personally opposed to legalizing the drug but said the decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state should be respected. Stressing her belief in states’ rights, she noted those voters might later change their minds.   http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/244387-fiorina-states-sho…

For a look at the other candidates stand on marijuana https://www.mpp.org/2016-presidential-candidates/#jkasich

The following findings are required for drugs to be placed in Schedule I:

  1. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
  2. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
  3. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

Except as specifically authorized, it is illegal for any person:

  1. to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, a controlled substance; or
  2. to create, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to distribute or dispense, a counterfeit substance
Marijuana is included in Schedule I
Some drugs that are in Schedule II; codeine, morphine, opium extracts
One of the drugs that comes under Schedule III is Ketamine an animal sedative.
Marijuana certainly does not belong in Schedule I while many Schedule II and III drugs are far more harmful.

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