from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:
There are some odd things going on in our country lately.
Yes, I know that’s a silly open-ended statement and could refer to just about anything these days. But I’m talking about the seeming disconnect between states and the federal government. Or more specifically, the disconnect between state and federal laws.
In this case, the disconnect between federal marijuana laws and that of the states.
Marijuana is considered an illegal substance by the feds, yet at least 11 states have legalized its purchase and consumption – either strictly medically and/or for recreational use.
The United States Constitution is unmistakably clear concerning the relationship of federal and state law.
Article VI, Section 2, states:
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
In other words, the U.S. Constitution and any federal laws that are constitutional shall hold dominion over any state law or constitution. And if the U.S. Constitution doesn’t specifically define whatever the subject is, it’s not the business of the federal government. The states can pretty much do what they want.
So this raises the question of legality. Is it constitutional for states to legalize marijuana?
But you also have to ask just why states are so all-fired anxious to legalize the drug.
This, in my opinion, is a rhetorical question, for we should all know the answer. It’s the same answer to every question of why a state does practically anything. Taxes!
Legalizing marijuana is seen as just another source of revenue. As of June 2019, 11 states have fully legalized pot for recreational use and another 19 for strictly medical purposes.