In recent news Eric Holder announced the Federal Government would ‘allow’ the states of Colorado and Washington to keep their marijuana legalization laws in place and that they would not seek to jail marijuana consumers or sanctioned suppliers of Marijuana (dispensaries, etc.). John McCain has also done an about face on Marijuana, changing his position from one of marijuana being ‘a harmful drug that needs to be kept illegal at all costs’ to one of an admission that ‘maybe it’s time to legalize’.
Why the change of heart from these members of the Federal government?
It’s because they are beaten and they don’t want you or me to know it.
Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults.
Let’s get one thing straight, Eric Holder and his Federal government counterparts aren’t ‘allowing’ for anything. The states have already done what they want and the Feds simply can’t do anything about it. The Feds don’t want you or me to see it this way because if we did we would recognize that the states have the real power in this country and that the Federal government is weak when the states stand up to it. The powers that be are scared to death that Americans may eventually come to this conclusion on most every issue (and we will) as it will end the top down power structure they have been trying to instill in our minds for so many years.
What do you do when you’re losing ground legally but want to keep your footing as the definitive source of power in the American psyche? You start pretending like it was all your idea of course. That way you can try to steer the momentum, be a part of popular opinion, and struggle to keep whatever parts of the drug war you can salvage. War is the health of the state and the drug war is no exception, so you can bet the Feds will do all they can to keep the drug war alive.
In the coming months you’ll see more acceptance of marijuana legalization from people ‘at the top’, while they argue for very large restrictions to remain in place. Their goal is to dampen the drug law reforms that are coming from the people at the state level and in so doing dampen any additional Federal law reforms should we the people start to get any other ‘bright ideas’. In order to keep up appearances they have to attack this idea that ‘the people won’ by any means possible. They’ll say that it’s ok to legalize marijuana for consumption but that it must be regulated by them. And you can bet that anyone who makes and sells marijuana outside their system will still be considered a criminal.
The truth is the states created the Federal government and not the other way around. The Federal government is nothing more than a co-op put in place by the states to make certain functions easier and more efficient. Co-ops aren’t supposed to call the shots, they are supposed to provide service to their members.
The states have the true power and the public has shown it is aware of this fact on the issue of Marijuana. Someday soon Americans will come to understand this truth on all issues not delegated to the Federal government by the U.S. Constitution, and when they do it will be a great step towards restoring our republic.
The Tenth Amendment:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
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