10th Amendment at Work: New Jersey Medical Marijuana

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The Tenth Amendment
codifies in law that “We the People” of the several states
created the federal government to be our agent for certain enumerated
purposes only – those powers delegated to the federal government
in the Constitution.

An honest reading
of the Constitution with an original understanding of the Founders
and Ratifiers makes it quite clear that the federal government has
no constitutional authority to override state laws on marijuana.

All three branches
of the federal government, however, have interpreted (and re-interpreted)
the commerce clause of the Constitution to authorize them to engage
in this activity, even though there’s supposedly no “legal”
commerce in the plant. At best, these arguments are dubious; at
worst an intentional attack on the Constitution and your liberty.

states have legalized marijuana for medicinal use
, and soon,
New Jersey may join them.

Today, both
houses of the New Jersey legislature voted in favor of a Medical
Marijuana bill – approving use of the plant for medicinal purposes
in direct defiance of federal law which states that it’s illegal
in every circumstance. The State Assembly voted in favor, 48-14,
and the Senate approved by a vote of 25-13. The bills will now be
reconciled and sent to Governor Corzine, who’s already stated
that he’d sign it into law.

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13, 2010

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