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States Rights And Marijuana

November 9, 2012 by  

States Rights And Marijuana

President Barack Obama, former member of the pot-centric group of boys known as the Choom Gang, has admitted to inhaling and has, in fact, built much of his persona around the fact that he was a laid-back Hawaiian kid who liked to smoke it up.

In his 1995 book Dreams of My Father, the President reminisced:

I had discovered that it didn’t make any difference whether you smoked reefer in a white classmate’s sparkling new van, or in the dorm room of some brother you’d met down at the gym, or on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids… You just might be bored or alone. Everybody was welcome into the club of disaffection.

And if the high didn’t solve whatever it was that was getting you down, it could at least help you laugh at the world’s ongoing folly and see through all the hypocrisy and bullshit and cheap moralism. That’s how it seemed to me then, anyway.

But that didn’t stop the President from allowing his Justice Department to lead massive Federal raids against marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in California after that State legalized the drug for medical use. One of the President’s 2008 campaign promises to medical marijuana advocates was that he would not assault State’s rights and use Federal “resources to circumvent state laws on this issue.”

Now, with the President re-elected and two State initiatives passed (in Colorado and Washington) that allow for full legalization of the drug, the Obama Justice Department will have to decide whether to crack down and raid in the States or welcome a new era in the Nation. If they decide to do the latter, it could mean an eventual drawdown across the board of the failed War on Drugs.

It’s most likely, however, that the Obama Administration will come down hard on the States to flex Federal power and embolden the drug war with new enemies.

“The Department of Justice’s enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged,” a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado said after the initiatives passed. “We are reviewing the ballot initiative and have no additional comment at this time.”

Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper opposed legalizing marijuana in his State and, in a statement, warned that the Federal law could hamper the State’s ability to move forward the voters’ will.

“The voters have spoken, and we have to respect their will,” Hickenlooper said. “This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.”

In the coming months, the Federal government’s response to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington will be a telling sign of how willing the Fed is to accept State sovereignty. Chances are that we will be seeing more armed raids than smoking circles.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Vicki

    Maybe if enough liberal pot heads get a visit from the DEA they will re-consider whom they will trust with the reigns of the government. Not likely but we could hope for a silver lining.

    • Peter Sagi

      Exactly. The solution is not to pass ballot initiatives, the solution is a massive guerilla growing campaign. I liken this to CB radio and the 55mph speed limit during the Nixon/Ford/Carter years. CB radio was licensed then. At one point, back in the 60′s, CB’ers were wannabe ham radio operators and took their licenses seriously and with pride, just like the ham operators. Then came small portable car friendly units and then came the 55mph speed limit. Soon everybody was on CB to get “smokey” reports, i.e., where the state troopers were lurking. They didn’t bother with licenses or proper call signs. The FCC waived fees for the license, and nobody paid attention. The FCC mandated applications be included with CB radios, people just tossed them away. Eventually, the FCC made believe it was leading the parade when it said that a license was not needed for CB radio. And the 55mph speed limit was universally ignored, CB radio or not, and eventually Congress, in 1995, made believe it was leading the parade when it did away the the infamous “double nickle.”

      The analogy … a massive growing campaign … plant everywhere, quality is not the issue, quantity is. Plant in any vacant lot, plant on islands in roads, plant on the properties of judges, cops, politicians, prosecutors, bureau’rats, anyone who works for the system. If you see a plant coming up on the property of a government asteroid orifice, phone in a complaint, give them a dose of their own medicine. But more importantly, plant EVERYWHERE and in open places where the plants will be scene, and, plant to the point where no amount of road crews or other govt. operatives of any sort can control the plants from popping up everywhere. The idea is to literally overgrow the govt. If enough plants come up, politicians will once again pretend they are leading the parade and repeal those stupid laws. And screw the tax and license nonsense, they tax and licence enough things already.

      Pete

      • .50BMG

        I say we do like Montana did with guns- grow it in your state and keep it in your state- wallah- presto- no interstate commerce! The feds can bend over and start (continue) licking…

      • Dark Patriot

        You don’t remember the CB craze at all. Carter was after it not during it. Sidebanders and HF’ers took it sort of seriously. It made me money back then. I still have my QSL card somewhere. It was illegal to use CBs for hobby use. That includes use on the highway. Well, it had to happen. “First Momma” got busted for using a mobile CB. President Ford’s wife was the first person to use a CB for hobby use legally. Pres Ford made CB use legal without a license. I still have my base unit from the ’70s.

    • G Schmidt

      I think the Justice Department will be stupid to spend money persecuting a victimless crime specially when the voters (and liberals and libertarians) say is OK to lite up a joint for fun………
      But we have seem stupid things coming from AG Holder before……….

      If we are going to have Obama for 4 more years, at least I would like to see Holder and Sebelius go away

      • john

        are you making a comparison with cheech and chong? if so good choice.

  • roger gunderson

    Prohibition of drugs is just as stupid as was the prohibition
    of alcohol.

    • chiromom04@hotmail.com

      I couldn’t agree more, Roger!

    • Larry King

      Roger my thing is what guarantee do we have if pot use is taxed and allowed that in ten years or so we will not be fighting whether to make other drugs legal and free to use. So in so many words where does it end.I was brought up that you can never win by compromising evil. I know that Pot smokers and libertarians will disagree and come back with who decides what’s evil and we all know the answer to that is those who have faith in GOD’s laws.

      • Roman

        Larry, let’s deal with one problem at a time. There is no guarantee, but there are “smart things to do” and there are “stupid things to do”. We do not have to stretch it to other drugs. They are unrelated. If we were thinking like that, we would still have alcohol prohibition in act. You wouldn’t argue that end of that prohibition was “smart thing to do”, so as end of marijuana prohibition.

      • alpha-lemming

        And that, my friend, is the “devil in the details”

        As far as carte blanche legalizations, the couple of arguments against that I can think of would be things like crack (recorded fatalities on the 1st indulgence) and PCP (when used in its customary manner and levels, the effect on the user is to turn them psychopathically insane). No common sense person wants this.

        On the other side…. EVERYTHING can be abused and we, as a society, will have our freedoms capped at the weakest, most irresponsible, lowest common denominators that the human race has to offer. Some people are too fat so fast food will have to be illegal, and some people drive too fast and kill innocents in car wrecks so all passenger vehicles will have to be equipped with govenors so that the max speed is 5 mph. Sounds like one miserable existence to me….

      • Robert Smith

        Question asked: “So in so many words where does it end.I”

        Slippery slope arguments aren’t any more valid with pot than with the domino theory in Nam.

        Besides, if the PEOPLE want it who are you to argue? Nobody is forcing you to do drugs.

        Rob

      • Rob

        Wow Larry,, Where does the Bible say smoking, well, anything was against god’s law? And where does it say “believers” were the ones to make the laws, or decide what is evil? And just so you know, the separation of church and state specifically says no laws will be made for any religious reason (paraphrasing) … You religious zealots give smart conservative people a bad name. Please,, just be quiet.

  • rabidconservative

    Does anyone remember prohibition? Al Capone, Bugs Moran, Lucky Luciano – extremely violent and dangerous sociopaths with more money than they ever dreamed of. Making booze illegal undeniably backfired in America then just as spending billions prohibiting drugs has enriched the savage drug kingpins now. We have failed to stop the trade, wasted hundreds of billions and created extremely powerful monsters infiltrating our borders. The price protecting dopers from themselves is far too great. An example must be made of these weaklings so that future generations may live. GIVE them all they want and let them die in the streets. For the feds to refuse this obvious choice suggests someone in the government is sharing in the profits.

    • Robert Smith

      From Rabid: “GIVE them all they want and let them die in the streets.”

      Such a compassionate pro-life approach. Thank you for defining he right wing so well.

      Rob

      • G Schmidt

        Robert, I am not a right winger, but there are people that make poor decisions and will find a way to kill or hurt themselves and others with either drugs, automobiles, guns, cigarettes or even an skate board.
        The public or taxpayers should not be financially responsible for their actions.
        Government should not establish laws to limit the responsible usage of those items above just because there are irresponsible foolish people that know no limitations.

      • Robert Smith

        Another “pro-lifer” speaks.

        Thanks for the input and the revealing insight to the right.

        Rob

      • Ed

        Hello, this is called acknowledging others’ personal freedom AS WELL AS THE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY THAT IS IRREVOCABLY ATTACHED THERETO. Not his, your, or my problem… Big picture wise, as pro life as you can get, as in Nature will cull the herd as required. Works for me, and ultimately for you too…

  • http://memphissports.proboards.com/index.cgi ncrdbl1

    This has nothing to do with State’s Rights. The courts have rules many times that Federal law supersedes State and Local law. We see it every day. If states and communities are allowed to ignore Federal Law in place of their own then our legal system collapses. Also the Federal government cannot decide will will enforce this law and not that one. How many states this last election with voter ID laws on the books were not allowed to enforce them because they were said to be in opposition with federal law.? What if a state passes a law stating only those who work and pay taxes are allowed to vote? Or only one person from each address is allowed to vote? Would that not fit under the same definition of states rights some are using in this argument? Truth is any benefit you can get from so called “medical” pot can also be gotten from current legal medication. This has nothign to do with MEDICAL pot, as we have seen time and time again as soon as it becomes legal you suddenly see a massive influx of stores selling “medical” pot and Drs who will give ANYONE a prescription for it no matter if they need it medically or not. Drs who dispense pills in the same way medical pot is dispensed have their license to practice medicine revoked.

    • Robert Smith

      Question asked: “How many states this last election with voter ID laws on the books were not allowed to enforce them because they were said to be in opposition with federal law.? ”

      NONE

      The basis for tossing the ID laws was Constitutional.

      Rob

      • .50BMG

        Last I heard the states were in charge of their own voting rules. What’s unconstitutional is the fed dictating those rules.

      • Smilee

        .50BMG says:
        November 9, 2012 at 11:10 am

        Your another idiot who does not believe in the US Constitution

    • Robert Smith

      “Truth is any benefit you can get from so called “medical” pot can also be gotten from current legal medication. ”

      Absolutely false.

      The drugs (most notably marinal) are prescribed based on suggested dosages and there is a time lag between dosage and effect. Sometimes the dosage isn’t enough, sometimes it’s way too much.

      With pot the effect is nearly instant, particularly if inhaled from a joint. The patient can adjust the dosage themselves. Most get just enough to relieve the symptoms. The abuse of the drug is rare.

      Rob

      • Dark Patriot

        Its not the potential abuse of weed that is the problem here. Big Prisons would no longer be necessary. Big Pharm would be reduced. Fines and BS anti drug programs would be shut down. The demorats running these problems (Programs) would have to get real jobs. They won’t do that!

      • duane

        HEY MR. KNOW IT ALL ROBERT SMITH!! IF YOU KNOW THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING AND SEEM TO HAVE AN ANSWER TO EVERYTHING WHY ARE YOU HERE INSTEAD UP THERE WITH MOHAMMED AND THE BOYS??? YOUR ANSWERS ARE TYPICAL LIBERAL B.S. AND I AM REALLY TIRED OF IT. GO PLAY WITH YOUR LIBTARD BUDDIES ON THE LIBTARD SITES.

      • walter agard

        Yeh drug abuse are rare but most people gets crazy after using it ,with guns.

    • Alex

      NC you are wrong. The ultimate power in each county is the Sheriff. If he/she says that the feds can not come in their jurisdiction they must comply. Period.

    • Thomas

      Actually federal law can only supercede State law when it it a power granted to the federal government under the Constitution. Nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government given the power to ban any drugs that is a State perogative, see 9th and 10th ammendments. If the feds want to outlaw drugs then they need to propose a constitutional amendment and have it ratified by the states like they did with alcohol.

      • Smilee

        See Article 1, Section eight, Congress has the power to provide for the general welfare and if they do it over rides the 9th and 10th amendment not the other way around which you wrongly assert

  • Michael

    The real profits are in the huge federal, state and local jobs created due to illegal substances. The prison industry, law enforcement, judicial jobs and probation departments have really thrived. The taxpayer has only lost, not to mention thousands of people who have lost their lives to addicts who have to steal and rob to satisfy their addictions. The war on drugs is mostly supported by drug dealers and law enforcement and prisons.

    • eddie47d

      The legalization of marijuana would have the opposite effect Michael. Law enforcement (at least locally in the Washington and Colorado cases) could no longer harass,arrest and imprison those marijuana users. Marijuana users seldom rob anyone for their usage so on that issue you are also wrong. Now Meth users and other heavy drug users do rob and cause harm to society and the dealers (especially Meth) should be arrested. The taxpayers may actually win with this new law with less people being arrested and jailed. They also say the state will receive up to $60 million in taxes at 2.9% (States estimates). The Marijuana Law passed by a good margin 55-45% in Colorado so the Feds should head warning and Obama better follow his original promise not to harass the vote of the people. (no assault on States rights on this issue). Our Governor Hickenlooper did come out against this measure but I’m sure he did that to protect his political reputation. (So the Feds wouldn’t come down on him). I like Hickenlooper yet he is a hypocrite on this issue for he owns a brewery and sells beer. Since alcohol causes more family heartache and health problems than marijuana .

    • Eagleeye

      You have hit the nail on the head! These days it is the government wanting to GROW and CONTROL! But the problem is THE GOVERNMENT as it has been formed into a BUSINESS WITHOUT ANY REGULATIONS. In the end that system equals DICTATORSHIP AND COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE PEOPLE! This has been happening since the end of the Vietnam war along with the complete dismantling of our society into an SOCIALIST SYSTEM which WILL SUBMIT WHEN THE GOVERNMENT FAILS! Prepare NOW as the snowball is ROLLING FAST! Our prison system is filled with drug offenders and our true criminals are being let free to DESTROY SOCIETY FURTHER! This is a game and THE END IS NEAR IF WE DO NOT JOIN HANDS AND STAND TOGETHER AS ONE! But until the liberal takers being catered too with free phones and money STOPS WE MUST USE OTHER MEANS LIKE “THE TEA PARTY” WHICH HAS GIVEN AMERICA AN SAFETY NET TO HOLD OFF THE COMPLETE DESTRUCTION! WE MUST VOTE OUT THE DEMOCRATS AS THEY ARE THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM or we will do as obozo said…….GET IN THE BACK SEAT AND SHUT UP! Please PRAY as often as you can for our LEADERS and MILITARY as THEY ARE OUR ONLY HOPE TO STOP DEATH!!!! Prepare your SOUL NOW as man CANNOT EVER TAKE AWAY OUR “HOLY SPIRIT AND ETERNITY”!!!! GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!

      • Rick

        I suspect Eagleeye and the other socialist-fearing commentators on this blog wouldn’t know a real socialist if one walked up and slapped you in the face. Obama is far from a socialist. He is a corporate democrat, as beholden to the wealthy corporate oligarchy running this country as most of the members of Congress are. He is no more going to take this country down the socialist path than Eisenhower would.

  • dan

    Declare victory in the drug war and bring the boys home….no more prohibition !
    Let the CIA get real jobs.

  • Leslie Winter

    Marijuana legalization IS A MUST!!!!! You want a way to cure the looming national debt, well there you go!!! When has anyone overdosed on marijuana & if some ignorant user did drive under the influence they would most likely be driving too slow.

  • John H

    Actually, legalization of personal marijuana growth and possession would do little for taxes, marginally impact the alcohol industry, and have little effect on crime here in the USA. What it WOULD do is cut 75% of the income stream to mexican cartels. THAT would be worth doing, because if Mexico can’t get a handle on them, Mexico is doomed, and we’re next. We’re already seeing cross border assasinations, guns (provided by Eric Holder) and money going south, and cartels cooperating with Al Qaeda and Co. We HAVE to help our southern neighbor and trading partner.

    • Smilee

      Right on John

  • Florence

    So, what happens at the border? The gov doesn’t enforce it as it is, so the gov will enforce the border then?…illegals smuggling mj will be even more of a problem. “one nation indivisible” sounds like we are struggling to remain that and struggling to be divided bylegalized mj. It does not sound like the right way to go. Everything said is just too simplistic. Sooner or later everything gets out of hand. We have sanctuary cities/states and that divides us. You think that did not impact our political outcome!? A president who usurpts “exec priviledge” to get his way irregardless of “we the people”, None of these are real solutions. Clear thinking clear thinking with worse case/best case scenarios and how it impacts us as a nation is what is needed. A president who was re-elected who lied and lied again, who wants to control our internet, wants to enjoin the UN gun controll, wants to be like Europe, will give amnesty across the board. Legalizing mj should be the least of your concerns. Get over it! We are at dangerous time in our nation’s history.

    • http://tlgeer.wordpress.com tlgeer

      “So, what happens at the border? The gov doesn’t enforce it as it is, so the gov will enforce the border then?”

      Are you not aware of the fact that under Obama there have been record numbers of deportations of illegals? That there are more law enforcement on our southern border than at any other time?

      • George Washington

        You OBVIOUSLY ignored the fact that the PEOPLE of the states that LEGALIZED marijuana have already made their voices heard.
        The federal government is thinking of VIOATING the LAWFUL vote of the people and atacking these same people that already told the federal government that their illegal drug laws CAN be overstepped by use of STATE’S RIGHTS issues alone!
        Even the commerce clause is unenforcable as the marijuana is used IN STATE and does NOT fall under the interstate laws that regulate such ‘traffic’. Again, making this act illegal.

        Not only does this make federal law ineffective, the VOTERS made their vices heard, but if the feds decide to raid these paces withint these states, the governor MUST calll in the national guard to DEFEND the state against the TYRANNY of an OPPRESSIVE government, as does the people have to defend the state against the federal government from this act of CLEARLY, an act of TREASON for usurping the LAWFUL VOTE OF THE PEOPLE! To act in disregard of the constitutional act of the VOTING POPULATION is an act of DOMESTIC TERRORISM and MUST be put DOWN IMMEDIATELY!

        I do not condone drug use, but this is about the CONSTITUTION and the DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE and what it STANDS FOR! If the federal government can IGNORE A LAWFUL VOTE OF THE PEOPLE, then it can ignore the vote of the nation as well, since trampling it means little to the federal government, then such acts will be simple if ‘it’ decides to start denying the rights of the people at its own discretion as well.

        The doctrines we live by and hold dear state that STATE’S RIGHTS supercede federal law, they must, or the states are nothing but puppets of federal will. This is NOT the powers granted to the federal government, as the Declarations makes clear that the federal government has ENUMERATED AUTHORITY ONLY!
        It was NEVER granted unlimited power, those were granted ONLY to the states or to the people, NEVER to a federal government!

        If the federal government had unlimited powers, they would feel empowered to DENY the rights WE THE PEOPLE RETAIN, and ONLY the people retain…by CONSTITUTIONAL DECREE!
        Remember, the government governs with CONSENT of the GOVERNED!

        If we allow the federal government to ignore a LAWFUL VOTE OF THE PEOPLE, tells the federal government that they alone, conrol the nation as a whole, and that the federal government IS the power and we the people are the puppetss to that power and we are powerless to disregard this power. This mindset is WRONG and UNCONSTITUTIONAL!
        Usurpation of the RIGHTFUL POWER OF THE PEOPLE is the ONE thing that allows the PEOPLE to ACT AGAINST a government that is bent on ILLEGAL USURPATION of the nation and its laws and is the DUTY of the people to put down that usurpation and opprseeion and DETROY that government and FORM A NEW GOVERNMENT!
        Tyranny and oppression is ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL!
        If the government is the oppressor, it falls upon the PEOPLE to PUT DOWN THAT OPPESSION by ANY MEANS NECESSSARY!
        I suggest people READ the Constitution in whole to understand the authority of the levels of power and who they reside with….LEGALLY!

        • http://tlgeer.wordpress.com tlgeer

          “You OBVIOUSLY ignored the fact that the PEOPLE of the states that LEGALIZED marijuana have already made their voices heard.”

          I said nothing about legalizing marijuana. At all. Your reading comprehension level doesn’t seem very good.

        • Eagleeye

          You are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT and I ADMIRE YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM! Somehow EVERYONE OF US NEED TO CONGREGATE IMMEDIATELY AS THIS EVIL IS ON A COURSE OF DEATH! I SHALL RATHER DIE STANDING THAN LIVE KNEELING!!!!!!!!!!! PREPARE TO ACT AS THEY ARE PREPARING AS WE CHAT!! GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!! YHWH PLEASE HEAR OUR CRIES!!!!!!!! BLESS US WITH YOUR GLORY AND SHIELD!!!!! WE SHALL FIGHT FOR FREEDOM!!!!

    • Dark Patriot

      You need to follow the money here. Legalize weed and taxes will pour in from it. Don’t tell me that people will grow their own. Sure they will. About as many people who grow their own tobacco. They will go to the store and buy it. Want healthcare for all? This could pay for it. Of course you will have to figure out what to do with the plant waste from it. Hemp rope, cloth, paper, lubricants, etc. Should I continue?

    • http://itsootsme.wordpress.com sootsme

      Most likely in CO & WA, many if not most folks will grow their own (After all, it IS a weed.) thereby minimizing tax revenues. I don’t have time or interest in smoking pot, but it’s tempting just to rub the gov’t's nose in it…

  • Average Joe

    Why is Marijuana illegal? In a nutshell:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4VsseaDzNf8
    ’nuff said!
    Best Wishes,
    AJ

  • 4204life

    From my understanding, the main concern over the criminalization of marijuana stems from its likeness to hemp. Early on in the past century, hemp was used to make all kinds of products. This posed a threat to the industialists that preferred deforestation and wood by-products. Also, health and oil industry wanted to limit competition. With the advent of mass media propaganda they successfully brainwashed the public and once again created a black market that would profit them X fold.

    • George Washington

      Hemp IS mariuana. It is the fibers from the pant that was used for rope.
      The government actually PAID farmers to GROW marijuana for the fibers alone.
      This current government is now operating as a CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE, and with the choice to attempt to IGNORE a LAWFUL VOTE of the people, the government is going to try to prosecute the people regardless of a LAWFUL VOTE, which places EVERY federal agent in legal harm’s way to be LAWFULLY SHOT for TYRANNY!
      The willful attempt to ignore the RIGHTS of the state and the LAWFUL VOTE of the people is a willful act of TREASON!

      Those that violate the will of the people AND a lawful vote of the people deserve the penalties they receive. TREASON and TYRANNY are acts that DEMAND THE DEATH PENALTY!

      • Eagleeye

        I AGREE FULLY AND SHALL DO AS I MUST AS IF THEY COME WE NEED TO “PROTECT WITH FORCE OUR FREEDOMS AGAINST TYRANNY”!!!! ONCE THIS IS PASSED THE RULES CHANGE FOR ALL AND THAT IS WHEN ALL OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE AND ONE SHALL BE AT THE TOP!!!!! NO FEAR OTHER THAN FEAR ITSELF!!!! IT SHALL BE THEN THAT “WE THE PEOPLE” RULE THEM AND WE SHALL HAVE OUR DUTY TO RISE UP AND “TAKE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BY FORCE” WE MUST SHOW THEM THAT IT WON’T BE WORTH THE BODY COUNT!!! THE USURPER SHALL HAVE NO ESCAPE AS WE CONTINUE TO MARCH TO THE “HEAD OF THE SNAKE”!!! ONCE WE FINISH HERE WE SHALL HAVE TO CONTINUE TO ELIMINATE ALL WHOM ARE THE ENEMY OF “FREEDOM”!!!! JUST AS ISRAEL WE MUST STAND AND FIGHT TO PLACE THESE ENEMIES IN GOD’S HANDS!!!!! “THE LION HAS AWOKEN” AND IS GRINDING HER TEETH WAITING TO TEACH THE WORLD WHOM WE ARE!!!! THEY THREATEN WE ANNIHILATE THE THREAT!!! THIS TIME THOUGH I PROMISE “THE FREE MAN” WILL ACT WITH DETERMINATION TO NEVER ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN AGAIN!!!! WE MUST ELIMINATE EVERY ONE AND LEAVE NOT ONE TO THREATEN AMERICA AGAIN! THAT IS WHAT “YHWH” DEMANDED OF THE JEWS YET THEY WERE JUST TOO COMPASIONATE AND COULD NOT COMPLETE THE TASK!!! “WE WILL AS WE HAVE LEARNED THAT EVIL DOES NOT BECOME PEACEFUL BY NICE GESTURES RATHER BECOME EMBOLDENED!!!! BUY A GUN NOW AND BULLETS NOW AND LEARN TO ACT WITHOUT THOUGHT!!!! PREPARE TO DEFEND AND AFTER THAT CONTINUE THE FIGHT UNTIL THE THREAT IS NO MORE TO THREATEN!!!!! NEVER AGAIN SHALL MAN LEAVE ONE BEHIND!!!! WELCOME TO AMERICA AS YOU TAKE YOUR LAST BREATH!!!! AS MUCH AS I DO NOT WISH THIS I FEEL BETTER THEM THAN I! ALSO BETTER DYING STANDING THAN LIVING KNEELING!! FOR IF MAN LOSES FREEDOM IN AMERICA “THE WORLD” WILL NEVER SEE IT AGAIN! WE ARE THE LAST HOPE ON EARTH ALONG WITH ISRAEL! PLEASE STAND WITH US AND PRAY FOR YHWH’S SHIELD AND GUIDANCE!!!!

  • cerebus23

    Dems in general have been way harder on drugs than republicans seem to be going by media reports at lest,

    Made the news when clintion was sending in the feds to bust cali, bush i do not even recall any story.

    Is it because in the media dems make news because they are expected to be easier and repubs are naturally seen to be anti drug?

    or is it that dems are really so gung ho to arrest pot head and growers over their right leaning cousins.

    Either way the war on drugs is a farce, does far more to harm this nation and other foreign nations than it ever helped. More we crack down more we spend more non violent people here go clogging up our court systems and jails.

    More we spend the more farmers in south america are fire bombed by us fighter jets. More we do that the more we solidify anti american anti “democracy” moments because we are bombing other nations and causing crime in their countries with our silly little war here.

    I would go so far as to move all drugs into a medical desigination over a criminal one, make cocain heroine available thruough doctors and get that stuff off the streets, get people face to face with medical professionals that can asses them and council them, not some random dealer that is going to sell them a fix and send them on their merry way.

    Tax the stuff, license to grow, classes of licenses for private and commercial operations, reduce the dea budget or eliminate the department almost entirely, etc. You could shift several hundred million dollars in spending off the bat, take in billions in revenue via taxation and license fees in no time flat.

    • http://itsootsme.wordpress.com sootsme

      Um, Americans are free sovereigns needing neither licenses, permission nor oversight to perform any act they choose that does not victimize others. Not saying smoking pot is the highest or best use of said sovereignty, but that’s still the deal, and if it takes pot to re-awaken the average Joe to this, then it will have served America well… The Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways, folks…

  • George Washington

    Marijuana is far less problematic as alcohol is!
    Aside from the FACT that there s NO constitutional amendment that grants power to the fed to prosecute or even enforce any ‘drug’ laws. The so-called laws they have are created ILLEGALLY and WITHOUT constitutional authority, making these laws no only illegal, but COSTITUTIONALLY ILLEGAL as well, this also makes the federal government’s actions against the people an act of TYRANNY and at lest DOMESTIC TERRORISM by their attacks on american CITIZENS without LAWFUL authority!
    Alcohol is ABUSED and legal, pot is ONLY illegal as it is PROFITABLE, but NOT to government, and THAT is the rub! The feds attempt to VIOLATE state’s RIGHTS are also ILLEGA and a WILLFUL VIOLATION of the CONSTITUTION, making a raid within ANY state, an ACT OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM and TYRANNY, as well as being a willful act against the LAWFUL VOTE BY THE PEOPLE, which IS an act of TERRORISM AND TYRANNY, but more appropropriately, an act of TREASON!
    Any time a government IGNORES THE LAWFUL VOTE OF THE PEOPLE, it is an act of TREASON and MUST FACE TEH WRATH OF THE PEOPLE WITH A PENALTY OF DEATH!
    It atters not that the federal government said it is illegal, the PEOPLE VOTED FOR THE PASSAGE, and THAT MAKES IT THE LAW…NOT the federal government!
    With this act, the PEOPLE NOW HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEFEND THE LAW WITH FORCE!
    Like it or not, the WILL OF THE PEOPLE REIGNS SUPREME!
    To trample on this is TREASON!
    DEATH TO THOSE THAT IGNORE THE VOTER’S DECISION!

    • Smilee

      The Constitution does give Congress the power to make drugs legal or illegal. Article 0ne, Section 8, Congress has the power to provide for the general welfare under this article and section and that is why it is illegal now but can be repealed if congress so votes.

  • George Washington

    Personally, I do not need or like drugs of any kind, but I DO resent a government that forces its will upon the people WITHOUT their permission!
    Aside from the fact that ALL drug laws are NOT legally enforcable as NO constitutional authority exists and has NEVER existed, this is simply an ILLEGAL usurpation of powers the federal government was NEVER granted, this is nothing more than a witch hunt!

    The federal government assumes they can IGNORE a LAWFUL vote and raid people regardless IS an act of TYRANNY as these states VOTED for LEGALIZATION and THIS OVER RIDES ANY FEDERAL AUTHORITY…The CONSTITUTION also makes THIS PERFECTLY CLEAR! So does the DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE!
    It makes STATE’S RIGHTS SUPERCEDE FEDERAL AUTHORITY!

    Where did the federal government obtain the power or authority to IGNORE A VALID and LAWFUL VOTE OF THE PEOPLE?

    If they have the power to ignore the voters, then the federal government can ignore the national vote as well and become a dicatorship. Keep your guns loaded an ready, the feds NEED a lesson in CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!

  • waybreaker

    Just to help out those of you who do not know the history of marijuana and have a computer, do a search on marijuana. You will find several sites like hemp.com that include sections of history and other areas on the use of hemp. Very informative and worth reading. Hemp is one of the most useful and economic crops ever grown by man, but this country has made it illegal. Find out why.

  • Victoria Gonzalez

    The book is Dreams FROM my Father – Not Dreams OF my Father. It makes a difference. In Dreams OF my Father, you’re relaying dreams of your father; in Dreams FROM my Father, you’re implying you took your father’s dreams and made them your own.

  • Jim

    If the damned feds will go after medical marijuana in California, what makes you think they won’t go after pot for recreation in Colorado?

  • john

    it all boils down to freedom of choice. if they want to smoke that garbage let them fry their brains on whacky terbacky.

  • http://none nick beck

    i like the response of planting it everywhere , esp. in the yards of police and politicians and then calling it in——over and over again lol. any junk seeds will do-harvest the seeds and throw them about, after all it sure is a hearty weed and will drive them nuts AND keep them busy which is most important,,,,,,

  • Jake Goode

    Have you seen what medical marijuana has done in California? It has been a disaster. You have high school kids lining up to get perscriptions, Mexican cartels moving across the border and planting it in National Parks (and shooting at hikers), you have entire communities built up around it. The laws were written with such ambiguity that the court system doesn’t know what to do with the cases. If you think legalization will make it safer, you’re wrong – it will just make it more main-stream. The cartels recognize that, since by moving their people into the US, they can bypass the border control and be closer to the consumers. As for the comment, ‘plant it everywhere’, the Cartels heard you, they’re doing just that with impunity. Move a bunch of illegal farmers onto state/federal land, cut down trees, siphon off streams, poison wildlife; it’s an all or nothing gamble, with small penalties if you lose, and big money if you win. If they get caught, no big loss. There’s more of them ready to come across the border.They serve some time and go back home.
    I bet they are giddy about Colorado passing this law, now they can be even closer to the East Coast than California.
    As for the Americans who do this, who have assets and a stake in the country, the Feds can make a lot of money busting these places. They come in with the IRS agents and seize assets. They succeed, because 90% of people growing it are selling it illegally out of state.
    The only way you could make it work is if the government gave out exclusive licenses to big corporations, and controlled it with a heavy hand. This is where legalization will get you.
    The Feds will squash this thing. If they let it happen in their own house, how can they go to South America and ask the Colombians to do the same? Legalization would have too many implications to let it go on. You’ll see a lot more of the boys in blue and ex-Iraq soldiers getting involved. If we don’t have a war to fight overseas, you have to fight one somewhere right?
    Bad idea. You’ll soon see this come true.

    • Eagleeye

      Look Jake; I HAVE THE ANSWER and it is SIMPLE! FIRST, WE CONTROL THE BORDERS! This is not only for the economy but more important for NATIONAL SECURITY! Then we tell THE ILLEGALS THAT WE ARE GOING TO ENFORCE THE LAW NOW! Oh watch how fast they leave and if they don’t this is even easier. Our government is building FEMA camps which are PRISONS! Oh and guess what….They are all NEAR RAILROADS OUT OF TOWNS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE SO FREE PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE CAMPS! That makes a PERFECT CAMP FOR ILLEGALS RATHER THAN CITIZENS DON’T YOU THINK! You see the problem is not marijuana rather is the POLICIES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CLAIMING IT IS WORSE THAN HEROIN!! I have been around both marijuana users and alcohol users. ABSOLUTELY THERE IS NO COMPARISON between the two as alcohol is a MIND ALTERING ADDICTIVE DRUG WHICH HAS CAUSED MORE DEATHS THEN ANY OTHER DRUG! Yet our young adults can go the the store and purchase as MUCH AS THEY WANT! With alcohol THEY DRINK ALL OF IT! Yet with marijuana this does NOT HAPPEN!! Marijuana is safe, mild, does not cause people to NOT REMEMBER, NOT STAND NOR SPEAK NOR HAVE ANY CONTROL OVER THEMSELVES AND I HAVE SEEN THEM URINATE AND DEFECATE THEMSELVES WHILE ON IT! So what is your problem with something that is NATURAL AND PLACED ON THIS EARTH BY “THE FATHER”! IT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLANT AND ACTUALLY HAS SEPARATE SEXES JUST LIKE MAN! Sure there are some problems with it but that is true with everything and is not the fault of the plant! So if you are so concerned about marijuana how come you are not petitioning to make ALCOHOL ILLEGAL? You know alcohol is a POISON and DESTROYS THE LIVER! Does marijuana? NO! Oh, and EVERYTHING ON THE PLANT IS USEABLE! EVERYTHING! So in my honest opinion you are SO WRONG!

    • http://Yahoo.com Bill

      Sorry Jake. Doesn’t soulnd like you’re from California or that you really have a clue about what your talking about.

  • http://Yahoo.com Bill

    People in prison for possessing or selling weed or people in prison for driving while drunk, manslaughter, murder, assult and battery, spousal abuse, etc, etc, ect. Seems to me they have the wrong drug being illegal.

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