Friday, November 30, 2007

Three Cheers Tokes for Federalism!

Some encouraging news out of California:

The decision by a unanimous three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal to uphold a court order directing Garden Grove police to return marijuana seized from a properly certified patient is a welcome validation of the law approved by voters 11 years ago. Since it clarifies the duty of state and local law enforcement agencies – to uphold state law, not to ignore it and seek to enforce federal law – it should end the noxious and widespread practice of simply seizing medical marijuana from patients who are legally entitled to possess it.
Medical marijuana may provide an excellent catalyst to get more lefties to be respectful of federalism. The federal 'War on Drugs' is perhaps the best example to demonstrate that concentrating so much power in the federal government runs counter to the interests of personal liberty.

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