This in from the folks at Reason.com: Anti-Pot Prejudice vs. Federalism. Excerpt:
Last week, by a vote of 219 to 189, the House of Representatives approved an amendment aimed at stopping federal interference with state laws that “authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.” If it is included in the appropriations bill passed by the Senate and signed by the president, the amendment would prohibit the Justice Department, which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), from spending taxpayers’ money on dispensary raids or other attempts to stop medical use of marijuana in the 22 states that allow it.
So, why stop at medical marijuana?
Granted, politics is the art of the possible. While we might want half a loaf today, we may have to settle for a few slices today, and a few more tomorrow. The sad part is this: Those slices are almost always incrementally decreasing, not increasing, our personal liberties.
That would not appear to be the case here, and it’s true enough that there are a few cases where the inverse to the above is true – marijuana, concealed-carry, a few other cases. But it is in the nature of government to expand, to become more intrusive – which makes one wonder how serious the Senate will be about taking up this legislation.
Speaking of Reason, here’s another bit that’s hard to disagree with: Stop Blaming Society, Start Blaming the Individual Responsible.