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The Marijuana Rebellion

Paulus Textor Wrote: Sep 26, 2012 9:45 AM
I would argue that, under the 9th and 10th Amendments, growing and using Indian Hemp (renamed "marijuana" to give it a scary, foreign sound) is ALREADY legal. But don't wait for politicians to declare it so. The best path to acknowledging the legality of Indian Hemp is for juries to start NULLIFYING the law. That is, if you sit on a jury trying to decide if some poor kid is going to go to jail for growing plants, you have the absolute power and right to RULE ON THE LAW, as well as rule on the facts. In other words, it is perfectly legitimate for a jury to vote that, yes, the kid did in fact grow these forbidden plants, but we the jury ALSO rule that "the law is a donkey," and refuse to convict.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Sep 26, 2012 9:52 AM
If juries started ruling against conviction in pot cases, by the percentages of the population that favor legalization, prosecutors would never be able to get a conviction.

The problem is, most people don't know that juries have the power to judge the law. In fact, they are told the EXACT OPPOSITE; they are told that the JUDGE gives them the law, and they rule ONLY on the facts.

It used to be that judges instructed juries that they COULD rule on both the law and the facts. This is no longer done, because to do so would make all drug laws (as well as thousands of other thoroughly stupid laws) essentially unenforceable.
Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Sep 26, 2012 11:52 AM
Just another good reason that no lawyer should be allowed to hold any public office including that of Judge.
By the time the 21st Amendment ended national alcohol prohibition in December 1933, more than a dozen states had already opted out. Maryland never passed its own version of the Volstead Act, while New York repealed its alcohol prohibition law in 1923. Eleven other states eliminated their statutes by referendum in November 1932.

We could see the beginning of a similar rebellion against marijuana prohibition this year as voters in three states -- Washington, Colorado and Oregon -- decide whether to legalize the drug's production and sale for recreational use. If any of these ballot initiatives pass, it might be the...