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Lessons for Federalism from
Colorado´s Pot Legalization

American Thinker, by Rob Natelson

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 1/4/2014 5:29:49 AM

It´s ironic that one of the few states´ rights battles won in recent times was Colorado´s decision to legalize marijuana in the teeth of federal laws to the contrary. Pot really isn´t legal in Colorado, of course. The federal government still bans the stuff. And in Gonzales v. Raich (2005), the Supreme Court held that the federal ban is valid and the supreme law of the land. Last I looked, Colorado was still part of the "land." But as is its constitutional prerogative, Colorado has removed its own (i.e., state), criminal penalties from the sale of marijuana to adults over 21, so

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: craige, 1/4/2014 1:02:33 PM     (No. 9679413)

Colorado has legalized pot, and infringed on the Second Amendment. All in the same year.

Republicans, Democrats, liberals, moderates and conservatives, all seek increased government power. Colorado is a good example.

The ´federalism´ the author speaks of, is unconstitutional. The constitution does not support any federal drug laws. It does support the right to have and to bear arms.

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