Hippies. Stoners. Tree-huggers. Vegans. Most of these stereotypes spring quickly to mind when you try to talk about marijuana legalization. Why?
The loudest cry from conservatives these days is less government control, less federal interference, and more state rights. Why then does it seem, with but a few exceptions, that only liberals are standing up and pushing for less government interference in drug policy? Let’s take a look at the 10th amendment to our constitution:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Translation: If there is a power not explicitly granted to the fed by the constitution, then the states and the people reserve said power. I was skimming through and couldn’t find anything that said the fed should regulate what I can or cannot put into my body, therefore it should be up to states to decide. The fed exists solely to protect personal liberties, not to take them away. And when state and federal laws conflict, the 10th amendment infers that state laws should trump.
I believe that Obama understands the states-rights issue, evidenced by his administration’s memo to U.S. state attorneys to stop prosecuting anyone complying with state laws in regard to medical marijuana. But that didn’t stop the DEA from raiding a Colorado man’s home and business after he appeared on a local news channel talking about the wonderful work his business was doing.
My point: This legalization issue is one that affects everyone, wether you smoke weed for fun or you vaporize for medicinal purposes or you’re just on spring break in Acapulco . It’s a liberal issue, it’s a conservative issue, it’s a libertarian issue.
It’s an American issue.