Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Congressional Research Service says States can Legalize Weed.

Interesting.  Very interesting.

Originally found on the Cool Tools blog: (oddly, the post seems to have been deleted)

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is part of the Library of Congress, and it provides “policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation.” This month the CRS issued a report that says Colorado and Washington (where cannabis is legal, according to state laws) can’t be coerced to enforcing federal cannabis laws. “While the federal government can ban what it wants,” reports Reason, “the Tenth Amendment allows the states to opt out of participating in the law or assisting in enforcement in any way, leaving federal officials to do the heavy lifting themselves.”

The original CRS document can be found here:

I find this interesting in that several states have also either considered or enacted legislation that would exempt them from any federal gun laws.  Also raise your hand if you remember the days of the 55mph federal speed limit when many states bucked that trend - at least until they felt the loss of federal highway funds.

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