The federal government has no constitutional authority to pre-empt or overrule most state laws, which is why Washington, D.C., should stop interfering with states that want to legalize the medical use of marijuana.
The medical efficacy of marijuana over other drugs is up for debate, but the ability of states to create their own laws shouldn't be. Unfortunately, Washington, D.C., politicians rarely recognize the limits of their authority, and courts are still struggling with the question. ...
Eleven states have already legalized medical marijuana use, and recently the New Mexico Legislature approved a bill that will make it the 12th.
These states will constantly battle federal authorities until Washington, D.C., accepts the ability of their people to make their own laws. ...
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The above editorial excerpt is from The Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, S.C.