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The more extreme anti-goverment side does, every once in a blue moon, raise a good point about government overreach, but this is not one of those instances. In the 'War on Drugs' the local authorities didn't have the staff or resources to effectively combat drugs so the federal government stepped up. Now, the states are deciding to legalize it and the federal government is allowing them that choice. It's more of a federalism issue than anything, should the state's be able to legalize it or should that be a federal case? In the past, and right now, it is been left up to the states and I appluad the president for letting states make the decision on their own.
what does that even mean the feds won't challenge the states? The state isn't an independent entity that can be punished, it's made up of people. It's meaningless if the Feds still go after the people within the states.
Previous to the decision yesterday, the federal government could go into states that allowed marijuana use and arrest those who were using it, even if those users were following state regulations. The new ruling essentially says the federal government will allow marijuana use in those states where the state allows its use; the federal government will no longer go in and arrest those who are using marijuana in states where it is legal to use.
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Of course the Gov wouldn't want to challenge a state. That is too messy and would make too many headlines. They will instead keep doing what they have been doing for years and that is attacking the clinics. Using violence and intimidation for political aims (terrorism).
But thats the point they have been challenging them up until this ruling. Therefore they wont anymore.
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