Libertarians Applaud Federal Reprieve For Medical Marijuana


The U.S. Justice Department on Monday issued new guidelines telling prosecutors they “should not focus federal resources in your States on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.”  Below is a roundup of reactions from libertarians. At the end is a must-see video from Reason TV in which Drew Carey reports on the ongoing efforts of the Obama Justice Dept. to sentence Californian Charles Lynch to five years in prison for dispensing marijuana to the parents of a teenage cancer victim.

The Libertarian Party: This is a small step in the right direction. The federal government currently wastes tremendous resources in the War on Drugs, creating a huge, vicious, violent black market. This new policy will reduce the damage and destruction, and it will hopefully end some of the unjust prosecution of peaceful medical marijuana providers and patients.  The LP has long called for the repeal of laws that criminalize the medicinal or recreational use of drugs.

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5 thoughts on “Libertarians Applaud Federal Reprieve For Medical Marijuana

  1. Markmywords

    Finally, a bone. Don’t expect us ‘the dogs of abolition’ to stop barking until the US Govt & all the States legalize the sale & of cannabis by adults for medicinal & recreational use. Go ahead, fairly tax it. But, we will never stop until the insidious policy of cannabis prohibition is a sad chapter about failed & repealed policies in our nation’s history books.

  2. Mik Robertson

    It’s a constitutional issue in that the federal government only has the authority to regulate interstate commerce. Agricultural products grown in a state, sold within that state and used within that state should not be subject to federal jurisdiction.

  3. Don Lake, late at night

    San Diego GOP County Supervisors and District Attorney, six ultra conservative Republicans whom cater to their core constituents by ignoring the federal law and running rough shod over the citizens.

  4. Michael Seebeck

    Mik @3:

    In a world that made sense, you’d be absolutely correct.

    However, we don’t live in that world, unfortuantely.

    Remember, as far as the law goes since the Raich ruling:

    interstate = intrastate
    public use = public purpose
    shall not be infringed = may be infringed
    patriot = terrorist
    Obama skeptic = racist


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