Pubdate: Tue, 15 Apr 2008
Source: Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA)
Copyright: 2008 Appeal-Democrat
Author: Eric R. Johnson


According to the state constitution, when there is a conflict between
state and federal law, state officials and law enforcement are to
follow the California state law on the issue in question.

This, for example, is how and why the California Highway Patrol has
adopted a policy of not confiscating medical cannabis discovered
during traffic stops from authorized patients. It is also why the vast
majority of counties have approved and implemented the (medical
marijuana) patient ID program.

When Yuba County Supervisor Dan Logue says, "Because federal law does
not support state ordinance, I'm going to side with federal law," he
is violating his oath of office ("Pot ID cards," April 4).

Given this violation of his oath of office, he should tender his
resignation immediately, or he should be immediately recalled due to
his unwillingness to uphold his sworn oath.

After all, if politicians want to hold the sick and dying to exacting
standards with respect to the medicine they may use, should such
politicians not also be held to that same exacting standard with
respect to the oaths of office they swear?

Eric R. Johnson

Los Angeles
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