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Marijuana legalization on ballot in 3
states, but Justice Department
remains silent

Washington Post, by Sari Horwitz

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Posted By:abuela10, 10/11/2012 3:47:33 PM

Voters are set to cast their ballots in three Western states next month on whether to legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational use, initiatives that would directly violate federal law but that have drawn only silence from the Justice Department. Despite the urging of drug enforcement experts, officials in Washington have not said how the federal government would deal with possible state laws in Colorado, Washington and Oregon that would conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act. Federal law prohibits the production, possession and sale of marijuana

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: zoidberg, 10/11/2012 4:29:36 PM     (No. 8926515)

It should be a state's decision to legalize or not.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mws50, 10/11/2012 4:45:00 PM     (No. 8926545)

What part of our US Constitution gives our federal government the right to regulate drugs? Be it aspirin or heroin, what part covers that? Would it be the common welfare clause?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: veritas, 10/11/2012 5:26:37 PM     (No. 8926618)

1. Good posts re Federal authority.
2. And, hey, what could go wrong?
3. Not, it isn't "the same as alcohol." When was the last "marijuana tasting" party?
4. If it were, do we really want two sources of the kinds of problems we already get from mixing alcohol and human beings?
5. The whole point of marijuana and other drugs is to alter the mental state.
6. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Liberty. I've heard it. Again and again. Problem is, virtually no one lives an isolated life, so indulging always risks others. Liberty doesn't mean having the right to add risk to others' lives.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ancientcityinker, 10/11/2012 5:43:34 PM     (No. 8926643)

If you think cannabis is even close to the level of alcohol in terms of harmfulness, then you need to quit drinking the government kool aid.

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