Court gives power to the states | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
July 8, 2011 · Updated 7:40 AM
To the editor:
Please read the U.S. Supreme Court decision made June 16, 2011 (www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-1227.pdf).
This decision confers the sovereign constitutional rights of the state to the individuals of the state. This decision also reaffirms that only those rights granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States are enforceable. All other rights fall to the state, now the individual.
It is my opinion that this Supreme Court decision has made enforcement of federal law against medical cannabis workers a violation of constitutional rights.
The federal government is not granted a mandate or right to regulate medicine or “drugs.” These are now unconditionally the province of the state with the right to deny federal enforcement granted to the individual.
Does anyone disagree? I’ll be asking this question of many of our local political and law enforcement officials since state law as of
July 22, 2011 allows for the county or city to regulate cannabis for medical use.