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Tenth Amendment Violation Alert

Your Government is Robbing You!

Written by Jeff Siegel
Posted November 10, 2012

On November 6, the good people of Colorado voted to approve a measure that would legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults.Freedom Watch

Projected tax revenues from marijuana sales are estimated to be as high as $22 million annually, and this doesn't count the millions Colorado law enforcement will save on small-scale marijuana investigations and convictions.

Although I have no use for marijuana myself, I certainly support the right of any American to use the plant for recreational, industrial or medicinal purposes.

And I'm not alone...

Certainly, Ron Paul garnered much support during this last election cycle from pro-marijuana advocates, and libertarian candidate Gary Johnson made no secret of his support for managing marijuana like alcohol and tobacco.

There have also been a number of studies over the past year or so that indicate the tide is turning in favor of those who support ending the prohibition of marijuana, including a Gallup poll last year that showed a majority of Americans (50% in favor, 46% opposed) from both sides of the aisle supported the legalization of marijuana.

But despite what seems to be a sea change in attitudes regarding the legalization of marijuana... and despite the fact that Colorado just approved its own recreational marijuana legislation... and despite the fact that 17 states and the District of Columbia now have medical marijuana laws on the books...

With one phone call from the White House, federal law officials can completely ignore state marijuana laws, swoop in, and start arresting law-abiding citizens at will — all in the name of the War on Drugs.

A $1 Trillion Slap in the Face

It was on October 27, 1970, when two things happened simultaneously: The War on Drugs was officially declared and the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was violated.

The Tenth Amendment declares that powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

My friends, if the thugs in Washington adhered to the demands of this amendment, the drug war — which has now cost us more than $1 trillion — would never have happened.

But it doesn't matter to them. Because in Washington, the Bill of Rights is just a piece of paper.

The Tenth Amendment Center actually provides some great commentary about this:

By 1937 Franklin Roosevelt signed the Marijuana Tax Act into law, effectively banning marijuana at the federal level. All the major federal drug laws since then had no Constitutional basis, and all of them seemed to come with general expansion of federal power.
Just as Wilson's ban on heroin and regulation of cocaine came during the activist Progressive Era and marijuana prohibition was part of FDR's New Deal, the next major wave of federal drug law came in the 1960s, during the Great Society, and culminated in the 1970 Controlled Substances Act just as Nixon was continuing LBJ's policies of guns and butter.

Siphoning Your Wealth

Of course, this was a long time ago... but little has changed.

Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were aggressively hostile to medicinal marijuana facilities.

And while President Obama told us that medical marijuana was an issue best left to state and local governments, his administration launched a major federal crackdown on medical marijuana facilities that left an estimated 730,000 law-abiding Americans without the very thing that was prescribed by their doctors, some of whom were incredibly sick or dying...

And as a result of the federal raids, all ended up providing a boom in business for drug cartels (which, by the way, your tax dollars are being used to fight unsuccessfully).

Bottom line: This costly and ineffective war on drugs is not only trampling your rights — it's siphoning your wealth.

Whether it's footing the bill to send federal troops into other countries to stop the flow of drugs, or funding the construction of new prisons that will house non-violent drug offenders that now make up about 25% of total prison populations...

You're being robbed by a government that has little respect for the Constitution — and even less respect for your right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Live honorably, live free...

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