Friday, April 23, 2004
We're All A Lot Safer Today
Thank goodness, Chicago's NBC affiliate reported that 1800 pounds of marijuana was seized yesterday on the city's south side. No weapons were found, yet the cops are certain that a yet-to-be-named gang is involved somehow.
Additionally, John Ashcroft is busy neglecting his duties as chief terrorism investigator, and has instead opted to stomp on states' rights and punish sick people by asking the United State Supreme Court to reverse a federal appellate court ruling which protects medical marijuana patients and caregivers from prosecution by the federal government. The 9th Circuit has ruled that "cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes and not for exchange or distribution is not properly characterized as commercial or economic activity". In other words, the feds can't do anything about it. It would seem to me that one could take out the "medicinal purposes" part of that holding, and still have a pretty compelling reason for excluding the federal government from involvement in state drug policy.