In the news coverage of the federal law enforcement search warrants served on the marijuana production facilities in several cities throughout Montana on March 14, several omissions need to be corrected. First, the citizens of Montana “nullified” federal law when they passed their medicinal marijuana initiative. Second, there was no mention of the fact that Montana has become the marijuana producing capital of the entire northern United States. Third, there was no mention of the flooding of our public schools of 15- and 16-year-olds proudly flashing their “green” cards for medicinal marijuana for treatment of cataracts. Fourth, there was no mention of the fact that several producers in Flathead Valley are clearing a profit of over $100,000 a month. And lastly, there was no mention of the fact that the citizens of Montana were deceived by the progressives’ support of the initiative that there would be no unintended consequences for disobeying federal law.
Perhaps it is now time for Montana to disobey the Endangered Species Act in reference to wolves and to “nullify” environmental laws and/or judicial decisions regarding logging. The citizens of Montana need to recognize that there are always consequences and the “medicinal” marijuana issue illustrates that. So rather than decry the federal enforcement of marijuana laws, maybe we had better sit down and discuss two more important issues: the proper role of the federal government in the policing of the states and how Montana solves this problem.
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