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Monday 26 November 2001

Dope and Federalism

There is an article in The National Review Online that echoes a lot of the things I said a couple of weeks ago about federalism. A short quote:

In August, Mr. [Drug-Czar designate Asa] Hutchinson told the Washington Post he would enforce the federal ban because he wanted to “send the right signal” on medical marijuana. In other words, the best explanation of the DEA’s war on medical marijuana is symbolism.

Posted by tino at 17:08 26.11.01
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How does federalism coincide with medical usage of marijuana for terminally ill patients?

Posted by: Kristine at September 17, 2002 05:12 PM

The federal government doesn’t have the legal authority to tell a state that it can’t allow people — terminally-ill or not — to smoke dope. This doesn’t prevent the federal government from doing it, of course.

And what I was referring to when I mentioned something I’d recently written about federalism can be found here: http://www.tinotopia.com/gop_federalism.htm

Posted by: Tino at September 17, 2002 10:31 PM