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By Mark Philipsen

The people are qualified

Letter to the Editor


To the Editor:

In reference to the report on the April 20 Java Talk last week discussing I-502: my concern is with the Goldendale police chief talking as if the “people” were unqualified to pass such an initiative. He is obviously against medical marijuana. I know and have known individuals whose doctors prescribed marijuana to ease their suffering. What is wrong with that?

The fact is the people are final authority to what government does, not the elected (by the people) officials. If the people want doctors to prescribe medical marijuana, it is their right. They don’t need permission from the federal government or any government agency. The protection of the people with the Bill of Rights was demanded for the acceptance of the U.S. constitution.

A meeting participant at Java Talk said, “Most laws are reserved to the states, and only a very few select points are given to the federal government.” The Chief of Police said, “It’s still illegal federally.” Let’s see what our ninth and 10th amendments say:

Amendment IX: “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

Amendment X: “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.”


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