Something Feral

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Even broken clocks are right twice a day

Santa Cruz, paragon of the open-campus asylum, actually gets it right:
For the first time since 1996, when the Compassionate Use Act was passed, the federal authorities have been charged with violating the 10th Amendment for harassing medical marijuana patients and state authorities.

The case of Santa Cruz vs. Mukasey, was heard by U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel, who said the Bush Administration's request to dismiss a lawsuit by Santa Cruz city and county officials, and the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), wasn't going to happen...

In the summation, the court found that, “There was a calculated pattern of selective arrests and prosecutions by the federal government with the intent to render California's medical marijuana laws impossible to implement and therefore forced Californian's and their political subdivisions to re-criminalize medical marijuana.”

Bravo! Although the likelihood of this decision emerging from Santa Cruz was "high", the fact that the Federal government makes a persistent, malicious and otherwise tyrannical effort to thwart states' laws when they run afoul of the official party lines in Washington DC cannot be denied, and it is becoming more evident in every state of the Union.

While I'm happy that California residents are closer to enjoying the level of freedom all citizens should enjoy, I'm more excited that the revitalization of the Tenth Amendment seems imminent, which heralds a concerted movement to systematically dismantle the means by which the Federal government interferes with reserved rights of the States and the People. A real emphasis should be placed on the necessity to alter the United States Constitution if Washington wants to retain its self-mandated powers, which would require ratification by a super-majority of the states.

Frankly, I don't see that happening.


Elusive Wapiti said...

"A real emphasis should be placed on the necessity to alter the United States Constitution if Washington wants to retain its self-mandated powers"

I do not share this rosy opinion. I believe this to be a temporary setback over an issue that Kalifornians care a lot about...smoking their doobage. The feds were taking away the 'circus' part of 'bread and circuses'. On other issues, such as equal treatment, 2d amendment, 10th Amendment (again), I don't think the Sheeple care as much.

Something Feral said...

You're right about bread 'n circuses out here; mostly, I just want it to open the discussion about the entirety of the Bill of Rights. Rosy opinions about this sort of thing are something I rarely have, but I like to remain optimistic in a bleak way; it keeps me going.

Realistically, we're in for a bad economic crash, and potential blow-back from the Mesopotamian Misadventures. Maybe I'll have a job, maybe not.

Either way, it's an exercise of faith, and action when I'm able.