Pubdate: Tue, 10 May 2011 Source: Gazette, The (Colorado Springs, CO) Copyright: 2011 The Gazette Contact: http://www.gazette.com/sections/opinion/submitletter/ Website: http://www.gazette.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/165 Author: Bill Moss LAST HOPE LIES WITH STATE When will our elected state officials, governor, attorney general, district attorneys, sheriffs and police standup against the Constitution-ignoring feds and protect the citizens of their states? In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department (DOJ) issued a memo stating that it would not prosecute medical marijuana patients, suppliers or caregivers in states that have passed voter initiatives to legalize the drug's use -- so long as they were all abiding by that state's laws. Now the DOJ is sending letters to states threatening to jail anyone associated with the medical marijuana business, including state employees. This has been reported in several sources, including an article May 3, in The Gazette. In that article it was noted that Colorado's Deputy Attorney General Michael Dougherty told a Colorado State General Assembly committee to be careful regarding medical marijuana laws. What the Attorney General's office should be doing is telling the feds that the state of Colorado will arrest any federal agent, including IRS agents, that try to arrest a citizen of Colorado who is doing business under Colorado law. The U.S. Constitution was written to limit the scope of the federal government. I have read the U.S. Constitution and found nothing giving the federal government the right to tell a person what they can, or cannot, put in their body. Amendment X of the U.S. Constitution states, "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". After a 40-year failed-war on drugs by the federal government states are finding a better way to approach this. Our U.S. senators and representatives, and the federal courts, have done nothing to limit the reach of the federal government into areas not allowed by the U. S. Constitution. Our last hope is with state officials. Bill Moss Colorado Springs - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.