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Response to Towlie (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:07 PM

24. You are right that sovereignty of the states should not trump federal law, however...

...there are viable arguments for when and where federal law should trump states law. Which is to say, States DO have the right to create certain laws that the feds cannot or should not interfere with.

In most cases, it's agree that the federal law trumps when it comes to making sure U.S. citizens are safe and are not having their rights, as U.S. citizens, infringed upon (hence the argument that the states cannot restrict public places to people of one color or religion, etc.). Neither of these requirements are met by something like marijuana. What danger does marijuana pose to U.S. citizens (as compared to, say, firearms?). What rights does using it take away from any citizen?

A state can have laws against alcohol and the Feds won't interfere, lose ones or strict ones. So why interfere with marijuana? In what way is the state deciding on its use different from the state deciding on the use of alcohol?

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