Who Will Take The Medical Marijuana Challenge?

Who Will Take The Medical Marijuana Challenge?

Someone is challenging fellow lawmakers to make their opinions publicly known on medical marijuana and states’ rights. It’s a bold move.

According to a Paul aide, while Sen. Rand Paul’s amendment to the Bring Jobs Home Act isn’t likely to pass, the point is to get lawmakers’ stances about medical marijuana on the record if it comes to a vote:

“That’s the reason to file amendments to every bill that comes up – there might be an opportunity to force a vote and put the Senate on record.” (U.S. News)

The National Journal cites that 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Further, a majority of Americans favour the legalization of marijuana and even 67% of Republicans think the enforcement of marijuana laws are not worth the expense. If I’m hurling statistics at you, bear with me – there’s a point.

Firstly, it’s clear, statistically, that Americans think State, not Federal, government should legislate marijuana. Secondly, states are weighing in on the issue and making their own decisions about what is right for their people. Thirdly, the United States are a representative democracy.

What’s that third one, you ask? Glad you did. A representative democracy means the person you send to Congress isn’t there to represent what they think – they are there to represent what you think. This is a nuance that is largely missed with career politicians. At the end of the day though, that person you sent to Washington should be representing you.

In a Congress ruled by lobbyists, special interest groups and big business – one person has stepped above the fray – Rand. Representing the American people themselves, Rand has done what others in his party don’t have the stomach for – giving the American people what they asked for.

I won’t even get started on McCarthy, or why marijuana falsely was classified as a Schedule I drug because one lunatic Senator thought marijuana caused Communism. The point is – a valid drug helps people, Americans largely support decriminalization and states have supported this move.

The more obvious question is why our representatives don’t step forward. In a previous article I quoted George Orwell as saying, “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.” I sincerely wish to thank Paul for making me a liar. Paul has stepped forward, in conflict with everyone who would keep the political status quo, and defended states’ rights.

Medical marijuana, to Paul, is a state decision. The Federal government has enough to contend with as States have decided to weigh in on the issue and Paul has recognized them. But if medical marijuana becomes an issue in the upcoming presidential elections, then he has issued both a statement on the issue and on states’ rights as well. At the end of the day, that is what Paul is protecting, States’ rights. If you support Paul’s stand on medical marijuana, send us a tweet and let us know. Better yet, follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on all issues.

Written by Mark Davis

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