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Government Interventionism Causes Further Problems: More Examples

12-year-old Texan Alexis Bortell is being treated for what were severe epileptic seizures with Haleigh’s Hope, a kind of medical marijuana that does not have the psychoactive properties of “regular” marijuana, and says that she has been without seizures for three years. But, she and her family had to move to Colorado where marijuana has been legalized to get the Haleigh’s Hope, because it is still illegal in her home state of Texas. The other alternative that some doctors wanted to do to her was brain surgery.

So now Alexis is joining a lawsuit against U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions who wants to viciously enforce federal drug prohibitions, disregarding the will of the voters in the states who legalized marijuana. Sessions stated in an interview, according to the Washington Examiner, “I do not believe there’s any argument [that] because a state legalizes marijuana, that the federal law against marijuana is no longer in existence … I do believe that the federal laws clearly are in effect in all 50 states and we will do our best to enforce the laws as we are required to do so.”

Apparently, Sessions has not read the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

The 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.

Or he has read it, but has contempt for it in letter and in spirit.

And I’ve heard some defenders of prohibition and other fascist policies on the radio speak of the “supremacy clause.” So it seems that these people don’t understand that it is the states who are supreme over the federal government. The people of the various states, the states that existed at the time of America’s founding, wrote a Constitution which then created a 3rd-party agency known as the federal government.

The people of the states are the government’s boss, not the other way around! Many people still don’t understand that. As Tom Woods, author of Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, wrote on his blog regarding the relationship between the states and the federal regime in Washington,

If you and I give a third person (call him Person C) a limited power of attorney to help govern our affairs, and that person oversteps the boundaries outlined in the contract we signed, who gets to decide if Person C is in violation of the contract? Is it Person C himself? Or is it you and I, the people who wrote and signed the limited power of attorney in the first place? Likewise, the states, as the principals to the constitutional compact, have a far better logical claim to be the judges of constitutionality than their agent, the federal government.

Meanwhile, to remind us of the absurdity of the drug war in and of itself, in Detroit one precinct of government police went undercover as drug dealers to arrest buyers, while police from another precinct were undercover in the same location as drug buyers to arrest the drug dealers. And when the two groups met they got into a big brawl. Heh. As Jacob Sullum of Reason observed,

What went wrong, aside from the obvious lack of coordination and professionalism, is that the government decided to violently insert itself into peaceful transactions between consenting adults, which led police officers to pose as such so they could lock people in cages for actions that violate no one’s rights. In this case, each side to the transaction wanted to lock up the other side, and each side understandably resented the other’s intention. But at least the collateral damage was kept to a minimum. Maybe this is how the war on drugs should be waged from now on.

It’s amazing how modern neanderthals government bureaucrats still haven’t learned from Prohibition of the 1920s.

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