O’Malley gets it wrong on medical marijuana by Eric E. Sterling
On March 9, Gov. Martin O’Malleysaid he is likely to veto a medical marijuana law if the Maryland General Assembly passes one. His spokeswoman said he is concerned about a Feb. 9, 2012 letter from Charles Oberly, Delaware’s U.S. attorney, to Gov. Jack Markell, threatening to prosecute Delaware officials as common drug traffickers if they carry out their state’s medical marijuana law.
Governor O’Malley should look carefully at this letter. After reading the law and analyzing the letter, I believe Mr. Oberly dishonestly manipulated Governor Markell by threatening prosecutions he is forbidden to bring in order to block a valid state law he doesn’t like.
Then Eric really lays it down:
… an appointed federal official has misused the authority of his powerful office to dishonestly manipulate a state into not following its own laws. That violates the Constitution. Article IV, Section 4 provides that “the United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government.” Mr. Oberly made legally baseless threats in order to undermine Delaware’s “republican form of government.” He violated the Constitution in order to block Delaware from protecting medical patients whose doctors recommend marijuana.
The intimidation of Governor Markell, and now possibly Governor O’Malley, through a bluff about a prosecution that is actually barred by the federal drug law is outrageous misconduct that should be investigated by the Office of Professional Responsibility of the Department of Justice.
Arguing that a drug-free society is unattainable, a commission of global figures – including a former Swiss minister â€“ are promoting a radical change in drugs policy. […]
In November 2011 came another controversial publication. Under the title War against drugs: intoxicating contradictions?, two doctors of law from NeuchÃ¢tel University proposed nothing less than the total legalisation of all illicit drugs.
Ludivine Ferreira and Alain Barbezat also support the view that the drugs war has totally failed. â€œRepression is ineffective, in Switzerland as elsewhere,â€ Barbezat told swissinfo.ch.
America Needs to Open Up the Debate on Decriminalization by Richard Branson
The laws against drug use cannot be enforced, and the failure of this approach continues to cause crime and suffering. With Mexican drug cartels operating in 230 American cities, prison populations beyond bursting, and addicts unable to get the medical help they need, it does not take an Einstein to see that it’s time for U.S. leaders to embrace drug policy reform and end the war on drugs.
Marijuana Must Be Legalized by Robert Corry
A government this large, this powerful, this intrusive, this belligerent, is necessary to fight this modern-day prohibition against a simple herb that approximately half of the American adult population has consumed at some point in their lives. There are so many reasons this must change: …