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Friday, December 05, 2008

Celebrate Repeal Day with a small victory: US Supreme Court won’t challenge state medical marijuana laws

It’s Repeal Day!

Today marks the anniversary of the December 5, 1933 repeal of alcohol prohibition in America.

While the war on other-drugs stills rages with similar results and consequences, we should celebrate the small victories in drug policy reform.

Americans for Safe Access reported this week that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a landmark decision in which California state courts found that its medical marijuana law was not preempted by federal law. The state appellate court decision from November 28, 2007, ruled that "it is not the job of the local police to enforce the federal drug laws."

This move by the Supreme Court should mean that the federal government will no longer obstruct marijuana law reform initiatives like those seen in Michigan and Massachusetts in the last U.S. federal election.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on December 5, 2008 in Marijuana reform | Permalink

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Comments

The heck with the wacky weed; I'm celebrating Repeal Day with a Guinness and a shot of Jameson's!

Posted by: Charles Martin Cosgriff | 2008-12-06 5:58:24 AM


Never repeal anti-drug laws. In fact, double the penalties.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-12-06 6:32:27 AM


Never repeal anti-drug laws. In fact, double the penalties.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 6-Dec-08 6:32:27 AM


I'm with you...as long as we include the pharmaceutical companies that use us as guinea pigs. Otherwise...I think people are just as free to experiment with themselves as pharma is, ON US! :)

Posted by: JC | 2008-12-06 6:51:53 AM


Now I see what drugs do to people - make them paranoid and suspicious and believing in conspiracy theories. I wonder: do Liebrals, NDP and Greens all do drugs??? It would explain a lot.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-12-06 8:46:33 AM


Zeb, are you alluding that I take drugs?
Hell, I don't even drink. Alcohol is a poison...literally.

Posted by: JC | 2008-12-06 11:36:58 AM


Anything is toxic in sufficient quantities, JC. While ethanol, like all alcohols, is technically poison, moderate social drinking will have no effect whatever. Even many potent poisons, like curare, have some medical applications.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-12-07 1:00:23 PM



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