Hey school teachers– it took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal prohibition of marijuana?

In the news: Pennsylvania MMJ Patients Face Choice: Cannabis or Guns?

Guns or marijuana? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

“William Bryson, chairman of the Delaware Police Chiefs’ Council, told state lawmakers in December that people who use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes should be required to have a designation on their driver’s licenses.”

“That would make it easier, he said, for police to enforce the ban.”


Medical marijuana came to Washington State in 1998.

What have our US Senators and Congresspeople done to resolve the federal conflict here?


Local history:

In 2008, Washington was one of several legal medical marijuana states.

Olympic Peninsula immigration checkpoint:

At a checkpoint- away from any border crossing or port of entry- the US Border Patrol stopped a legal medical marijuana user with a legal amount of medical marijuana. He was a passenger in a car:

Small-scale pot busts snared in Border Patrol stops

Suspicionless checkpoints and bus boardings- away from border crossings and ports of entry were later shut down. Details here:

Saying No to the federal government


Washington State Constitution:

SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.

What powers are granted to the federal government here?


No need to worry about losing gun rights if you are on federally approved meds that come with chronic side effects. Ditto for the overprescribed opiates we hear so much about and any of the “do not drive or operate heavy machinery” meds out there.

0:24 May cause suicidal thoughts or actions:

0:07 Hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicidal thoughts or actions:

How about legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

All this from a country that makes a big deal of celebrating freedom & independence each July 4th.

Same country that makes a big deal of thanking The Troops for defending American rights and freedoms.


“We respect the rights of those who choose to protest as these rights are precisely what our members have fought — and in many cases died — for.”

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas let’s hear all about it.

Why do we pretend that the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

More here: Glorifying Military Service


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