Pubdate: Mon, 11 Jul 2005
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune (CA)
Copyright: 2005 San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Author: S.B. Remington
Cited: Gonzales v. Raich ( )
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - California)
Bookmark: (Opinion)


The recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme court disallowing states to
legalize the use of medical marijuana, is a slap in the face to each
and every citizen that cast a vote in favor of legalization.

It is painfully obvious that the members of our nation's highest court
are out of touch with today's issues and worse, are frightfully
indifferent to the concept of state sovereignty.

In his profound and still highly relevant-essay "Civil-Disobedience,'
Thoreau, states, "There will never be a really free and enlightened
state, until the state comes to recognize the individual as a higher
and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are
derived, and treats him accordingly.'

Additionally, he goes on to say, "let every man make known what kind
of government would command his respect, and that will be one step
toward obtaining it.'

It is time Californians "make known' to its Washington representatives
that, although we are part of this great republic, we are also a
sovereign state where the majority of it's people have voted for the
use of medical marijuana.

If Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are not capable of
defending our collective desires in Washington, then the next time
they seek our votes, they will be as greatly disappointed by our
reluctance to vote for them as we are by their reluctance to act on
our behalf.

S.B. Remington

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