What do you do when the government becomes the criminal?
Either States have the right to make laws or they don't.
Comments by Daniel Cox of Hamilton Montana
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 11:46 AM
What do you do when your government has become the criminal? If they kicked in your unlocked door at gunpoint and seized your merchandise, money, cars, jewelery etc. without a badge they would be considered criminals. If they do it with a badge then it is called justice. In this country we are innocent until proven guilty. We all have the Constitutional right of NOT being deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. How can the federal government take your property without you being found guilty? How do you pay for a defense if everything you own is seized? Kind of makes it easier for them to get your truck to ride around in?
The federal government never had the power to prohibit alcohol. How can I know this for sure, you might ask. Easy, they needed a Constitutional amendment to prohibit alcohol. Why? Because, they didn't have that power enumerated to them by the states in the Constitution. The tenth amendment gives all powers not given to the federal government or prohibited to the states, to the states or the people. So If the government has no right to prohibit alcohol. (although they think they do now ATF obviously) Where did they get the power to prohibit marijuana? Prohibiting alcohol or medical marijuana is a States rights issue.
Whether you agree with medical marijuana use or not is not the issue here. The issue is how does a federal government who stated they wouldn't arrest medical marijuana patients, growers or providers if they complied with state law, start kicking in doors at gunpoint and stealing peoples possessions. Simple. This is called taxation through citation. They let all of these people believe that they were safe to do business as long as they followed state law. They probably even paid taxes federal and state. As soon as they had enough wealth to go after, like the Mafia they showed up and took their cut.
Congratulations, Obama administration for legally plundering even your own constituents. This is the problem with statists on both sides of the aisle. They don't care who you are. If they can get the government to steal from you and give it to them, that's a plus.
This should be a wake up call to not only freedom loving Americans, but Democrats who want the liberty to smoke medical marijuana.
Did these people break the Montana Medical Marijuana law? Could be. However the Federal Government should check it's Constitution before it comes into our state seizing items it has no Constitutional right to regulate. Not to mention the right of being considered innocent until proven guilty.
Read the article below for background on your Constitutional rights being trampled at gunpoint.
The big money needs to be taken out of the marijuana industry. That can only be done by regulating it like alchohol. If alchohol was run like medical marijuana a quart of whisky would be a hundred dollars and there would be a huge black market for the substance. Because there is big money in marijuana it offers irresistable opportunity for the criminal element to create and abuse the lines of distribution outside the law. Don't give me the argument that MJ destroys brain cells and makes people stupid. If it's true of marijuana it's even more true of alchohol. Don't give me the argument that it's more dangerous for people to smoke and drive than to drink and drive. Do you think the answer to people drinking and driving is to outlaw booze? That has been tried and was a dismal failure. It just created a very corrupt bureau that abused it's authority and had to be reigned in by jury nullification. Don't for a minute believe there are not people abusing MJ and then driving under it's influence right now all over the country.
Then there is the temptation for government officials to play favorites as to who can be a medical marijuana provider. I won't say any more about that than, "you know who you are". Are there some kickbacks going on about those licences? I don't know, but I know there is a lot of money floating around, and there is a lot of temptation.
So repeal and replace the current law with something that really does the job and decriminalize the substance so it's cheap. Then if law enforcement catches somebody driving under the influence treat them exactly the same as with alchohol.
Beyond that, educate the public about the bad effects of the substance, refuse to allow it to be advertised on TV and radio like with cigarettes, and make it clear that it's the parents job to educate their children about the serious harmful effects of both booze and MJ.
Please comment on this debate below.
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