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The Rule of Law Goes to Pot
Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2017 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 01/05/2018 5:32:19 AM PST by Kaslin

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1 posted on 01/05/2018 5:32:20 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

If the “rule of law” mattered, Marijuana Prohibition could not have happened without a Constitutional Amendment.


2 posted on 01/05/2018 5:35:42 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Kaslin
The correct remedy is to repeal stupid laws.

Agreed. The hard part is agreeing on which laws are stupid.

3 posted on 01/05/2018 5:38:05 AM PST by WayneS (An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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To: Wolfie
When John F. Kennedy was assassinated there was no federal law criminalizing the assassination of a President.

Because a Murder charge was just not enough!

4 posted on 01/05/2018 5:38:23 AM PST by D Rider
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To: Kaslin
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has declared that he will reverse an Obama Administration position allowing states to decide on marijuana legalization.

While that was the intended effect of the Obama admin position, the position was explicitly framed to order US Attorneys to ignore federal law as official policy.

Which is anathema to the rule of law.

Congress needs to rescind any federal laws criminalizing marijuana if they want it to be treated as a state's rights issue.

5 posted on 01/05/2018 5:43:15 AM PST by MortMan (Irony is the opposite of wrinkly.)
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To: Kaslin

Erick Erickson ...
I stopped reading right there.


6 posted on 01/05/2018 5:44:25 AM PST by Repeal The 17th (I was conceived in liberty, how about you?)
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To: MortMan

Legalize it, tax it, and the marijuana drug wars dry up, the jails are emptied from non-violent criminals caught up in the drug war. However, the law enforcement groups hate this because it takes away a big chunk of their illegal money through seizures of cash and property on the excuse that it MIGHT be used for drug purchases.


7 posted on 01/05/2018 5:47:40 AM PST by rstrahan
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To: Wolfie

Another post by a pothead contingent legal “expert.”


8 posted on 01/05/2018 5:50:15 AM PST by MarvinStinson
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To: Kaslin

It’s time to stop playing with semantics and either make it legal or not. If not, enforce the law.

I think the states that have made weed “legal” are setting their citizens up for a potentially bad experience. They are given the impression that weed is legal—until the feds show up, throw them in jail and take their house—if they feel like it.


9 posted on 01/05/2018 5:51:26 AM PST by dgbrown
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To: rstrahan

If that is the desire, then the laws need to change first.

I would caution that certain jobs come with significant liability when performed under the influence (including both alcohol and drugs). The lack of a test showing influence at the time (as opposed to the 20+ day residuals) for pot means that pot smokers would still need to be barred from such employment, for protection of the employer.

Legal does not necessarily mean safe.


10 posted on 01/05/2018 5:57:38 AM PST by MortMan (Irony is the opposite of wrinkly.)
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To: Kaslin

The RoL phrase is being misappropriated by the left. This is no accident.


11 posted on 01/05/2018 6:02:02 AM PST by Lisbon1940 (No full-term Governors (at the time of election!)
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To: Lisbon1940

Legalizing pot was just another straw in obozos effort to destroy America. Fry some more brains of the young so they can be controlled better.


12 posted on 01/05/2018 6:13:02 AM PST by oldasrocks (rump)
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To: Kaslin

The much bigger problem is that Sessions could have back-burnered this silliness, turning it over to congress; but instead he intends to waste huge amounts of time and money on this instead of doing his job.

After a year in office, Sessions should have asked for, and gotten from President Trump, a dozen or more special prosecutors to investigate the vast and ignored corruption in the government and the Democrat party.

After a year in office, by now, hundreds of criminal indictments should have been issued, and federal trials should well be underway.

Since Sessions has not done this, he needs to get out of the way so someone else can do so.

So the big question is who to put in his place to get the ball rolling?


13 posted on 01/05/2018 6:19:08 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Liberals have become moralistic, dogmatic, sententious, self-righteous, pinch-faced prudes.)
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Speaking of rule of law:

On Fox Business this morning, the discussion turned to pot. It seems, and it's never reported, employers are unable to fill job vacancies because many applicants can't pass drug tests for employment. Seems the same thing is going on with the military.

14 posted on 01/05/2018 6:22:36 AM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: MortMan

>>Which is anathema to the rule of law.

Congress needs to rescind any federal laws criminalizing marijuana if they want it to be treated as a state’s rights issue. <<

Supremacy Clause vs. 9/10 Amendments.

Once again on a collision course.

AFAIAC the feds have NO business in the illegal drug trade. It is NOT a federal issue.


15 posted on 01/05/2018 6:28:18 AM PST by freedumb2003 (obozo took 8 years to try to destroy us. Trump took 1 to rebuild us. MAGA!!)
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To: Kaslin

I know it’s almost like a joke to say this will lead to worse things.
Like allowing a few million illegals to break the law.
What the harm right?
Or, abortion which started out as 3 trimester and is now just shy of infanticide.
Next thing you know men are marrying men and transgendered meles are showering with your daughter.
The mj argument in no time went from those poor souls with medical ailments to recreational use in 2 or 3 years?


16 posted on 01/05/2018 6:42:32 AM PST by Leep (My otto erect is walking joist find.)
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Follow the money. There is much more money (and power) to be made through prohibition of otherwise peaceful behavior then there is to live and let live.

Politics is a scam and we’re suckers for playing.


17 posted on 01/05/2018 6:47:16 AM PST by RKBA Democrat (Hope and redemption are to be found in the Lord. Not in politics.)
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“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against... We’re after power and we mean it... There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

- Ayn Rand, ‘Atlas Shrugged’ 1957


18 posted on 01/05/2018 6:49:31 AM PST by Lurker (President Trump isn't our last chance. President Trump is THEIR last chance.)
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To: MarvinStinson

“Another post by a pothead contingent legal “expert.”

Answer me this one, Scooter:

If a Constitutional Amendment was required to ban alcohol why is one not required to ban marijuana?

I’ll wait.

L


19 posted on 01/05/2018 6:51:01 AM PST by Lurker (President Trump isn't our last chance. President Trump is THEIR last chance.)
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To: dgbrown

It’s legal is so many states, and the states that mass produce it ship it to the states where it’s not legal because there’s tax-free revenue to be had.

If we legalized it across the board, a rather large new market would open, along with the jobs it brings. It would bring a lot of new jobs.

If we try to push it back into illegality, it will cost money to continue to fund the highly unpopular war on drugs. Lots of people will be jailed, again, for victimless crimes. And the people who want to smoke pot will keep smoking pot anyway like they have been doing for years.

The only downside to legalization that I can see is that you are setting a precedent for people to legalize harder drugs. As a Libertarian I think people should be able to make the basic choice of what they want in their system without the government involved; as a father I realize the dangers that creates for the next generation who is dealing with things like heroin, which can rewire your brain in a very short time.


20 posted on 01/05/2018 6:54:03 AM PST by Ueriah
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