Sounds strange, eh? California leading the second secession…but that’s exactly what should happen. I can’t say that I would join whatever little “union” they decided to establish, but I would certainly support their decision. Why, you ask?

Federal agents raided more than a dozen medical marijuana facilities in California seizing marijuana (duh), money, and weapons. I’m not exactly sure where the weapons come into play, but, the last time I checked, even those were still permitted under the Constitution. But my point here is the marijuana.

Although the Supreme Court decided in US v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Coop that the United States did not have to recognize the passage of California’s Compassionate Use Act of 1996, that doesn’t make it right. This 8-0 decision was flanked in 2004 by Gonzales v. Raich which, again, emphasized the Federal Government’s right to do whatever it darn well pleases – state’s rights be damned – although without the unanimous vote (it was a 6-3 decision).

I’m no pothead. What I am is aware of the fact that the United States is not one giant state run by a overly powerful president, backed by a Congress and Court; rather, we are a UNION of many states, with rights to be granted to each individual state without the ridiculous interference of the Federal government. What astounds me is that in the US v. Oakland decision, the Supreme Court actually ruled that there is no medical use for marijuana. Since when are Supreme Court justices experts on medicine? And why is the Federal Government the one to decide whether or not a plant has some medicinal purpose?

I am also a little unclear as to how, as stated in the Gonzales v. Raich decision, the sale of marijuana in California falls under “interstate commerce.” If I grow pot in my backyard, and sell it to my neighbor who happens to have glaucoma, how am I involved in interstate commerce? (back down, DEA…I do not grow pot in my backyard. Or anywhere else for that matter. I am merely making a point.) This claim that the local growth and sale of marijuana is a part of a “class of activities” with national implications is absolutely absurd. I guess if I wanted to poop in a jar and sell it on ebay, that would be regulated by Congress too, as pooping is a part of a “class of activities” with an effect on the nation. The Supreme Court was grasping at straws here, and I would like to point out that at least there were three justices who didn’t buy it (Rehnquist, O’Conner, and Thomas).

I find it appalling that the US government feels that it has the right to completely disregard the wishes of an entire state who, following their own laws, passed a piece of legislation that allows them to do something that gets the DEA’s panties in a wad. We are not talking about seedy drug dealers pushing heroin on little old ladies. We are talking about the tightly regulated cultivation and sale of a plant that has the potential to at least relieve the suffering of many, many, very sick people.

One would think that the greedy Congressional so-and-so’s would want to tax such a lucrative industry. But, again, power wins out over money…

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