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Medical Pot Users Storm Meeting

Cozmo

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A large group of Kern County medical marijuana users and supporters demanded county supervisors uphold state law Tuesday.

They said they struggle with ulcers, migraines, glaucoma, nervous-system disorders, heart problems and arthritis.

Marijuana is the only drug that helps them live with their illnesses, they said.

But while state law allows them to use marijuana with a doctor's recommendation, federal law doesn't.

Recent federal raids against county-permitted marijuana dispensaries and Sheriff Donny Youngblood's support for the raids have them riled up.

"The federal government is panicking and throwing everything they can at us to stop the inevitable the legalization of marijuana for every American," said Doug McAfee, president of the Bakersfield chapter of NORML, a pro-legalization group.

Supervisors expressed their own frustrations with the situation they're in.

"If you want an example of bad public policy this is it," said Supervisor Michael Rubio. "Local government is being let down by the state and federal government."

County ordinances charge Youngblood with issuing permits and overseeing enforcement of the marijuana dispensaries.

But following last week's raids, Youngblood announced he wouldn't issue any more permits because the federal government calls on him to enforce its laws.

Marijuana users say Youngblood is breaking state law by complying with the feds.

Darriel Herron said that "instead of standing up to the people who are trying to run us down," the county is attacking the ill and defenseless.

Supervisors called on County Counsel Bernard Barmann to investigate what the county can do to abide by state law and its own ordinances while federal officers arrest local residents over federal violations.

"I don't think it's appropriate for the county to issue permits to people that will lead to them being arrested and serving terms in federal prison," Supervisor Mike Maggard said. "The rule of law is what eventually will prevail."

Barmann said he will come back to the board with the results of his investigation Aug. 21.


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Source: The Bakersfield Californian (CA)
Author: JAMES BURGER
Contact: jburger@bakersfield.com
Copyright: 2007 The Bakersfield Californian
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Smokin Moose

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We have the same problems in Canberra where I live, whereby the Federal Government's laws are used to, in effect, veto any State or Territory legislation concerning mmj. The current Federal Government policy is one of zero tolerance.
 

Pinch

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But following last week's raids, Youngblood announced he wouldn't issue any more permits because the federal government calls on him to enforce its laws.
I believe this blog entry is fitting for this discussion.

Ok, someone needs to read a little.
Comment posted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/16/2007 - 1:25pm

How about the Constitution, that will be a good place to start. "Congress should write no law", and authority not expressly given to the Federal Government shall be given to the states.

The Federal Government has no authority to tell the states what to do unless it is written in the Constitution. The Fed is in place to protect life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness, not to restrict them. The states are the only ones with the Constitutional power to allow or disallow prohibition. Therefore your statement where you said federal law trumps state law is completely false. The states and local Government are the only ones who have the right to restrict marijuana use.

The Federal Government assumes powers that it doesn't have and it is people like you, who do not understand the Constitution , that allows them to trick Americans into believing they are all powerful.

Do yourself a favor, read the Constitution, learn how our Government (is) supposed to work.


Source: Ed Rosenthal Convicted of Following State Law, Helping Sick People | Stop the Drug War (DRCNet)
 
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