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    I'm perfectly amenable to legalizing marijuana, but I find it interesting that states are doing so by what amounts to South Carolina-style nullification.

    It's not reasonable for the federal government to assert that the Commerce clause gives it the right to prohibit an individual from possessing something one can grow in one's back yard. In a reasonable world such federal laws would have long ago been ruled unconstitutional. But in the real world, where governments of men pretend to be governments of laws, the laws have been upheld, setting the stage for potential ugliness down the road -- if not under President Obama, then under one of his successors.

    The refusal of a President to enforce a law is in effect an act of tyranny, even if in this case there are likely to be little or no adverse consequences. But the precedent being set is alarming, especially in the context of all the other arbitrary acts the Executive Branch has done in the past few years: "signing statements", arbitrary arrests, extraordinary renditions, targeted killings, acts of aggressive war... One has to ask if we are headed toward a future America that looks like Putin's Russia.

    •  There's a big difference (0+ / 0-)

      between states legalizing pot and nullification.

      States are saying they are not going to waste their own money on prosecuting and jailing marijuana users. They are throwing out their own state bans. It has nothing to do with federal policy. And the feds aren't going to be doing road patrols to search your glove box for a baggie when the CO state police give up.

    •  This is how alcohol Prohibition ended (0+ / 0-)

      States legalized alcohol production and sale on their own.

      Disclosure: My grandfather was a bootlegger.

      America—We built that!

      by Mokurai on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 10:26:29 AM PST

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