Marijuana Laws Expose Double Standard on States’ Rights

Representative Diana DeGette1 of Colorado (D) sent out an email recently praising the rollout of marijuana legalization in Colorado and asking for support to deflect federal tampering with the state’s will. In her email, she wrote:

. . . We can’t let the federal government override Colorado voters and regulate our recreational marijuana sales. I’ve introduced the Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act—legislation that will help prevent the federal government from imposing its own marijuana regulations on states like Colorado. Can I count on your support?


We need to take this on from day one: make an immediate contribution to send a strong message: respect Colorado voters and respect states.

Respect states and their voters? Really? You’re gonna pull the states’ rights card on this issue? May I take this opportunity to point out how hypocritical that is coming from an activist member of the federal government, let alone a leftist like DeGette? DeGette is Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, co-chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, and an avid supporter of gun control. Do you think she wants to respect states like Utah that want to maintain prohibitions on homosexual marriage? Do you think she respects the wishes of Texas concerning abortion laws? Do you think she wants to uphold local laws that are “soft” on guns? Do you think she upholds South Carolina’s attempts to nullify Obamacare? Of course not.

Leftists love to talk about freedom, liberty, states’ rights, we the people, blah blah blah, when it suits their own purposes. But when it comes down to it, they only support the protection of the right to agree with them. You have the right, fully protected by the Constitution, to agree with DeGette and her cronies. That’s as far as your political protection goes.

But DeGette is not alone in this hypocrisy. It is of the utmost importance that we protect the rights of those who disagree with us. That is crucial to the rule of law. We cannot break down the protected rights of others (no matter how noble the cause or despicable the opponent) and then demand that our own protected rights be upheld when we are attacked. The nature of federalism is the protection of dissent. States’ rights are intended to balance the power of governance away from centralization by creating safe harbors for people who may not agree with the majority opinion of the nation.

I personally have no political or ideological problem with Colorado’s legalization of marijuana. But I find it frustrating that an issue as trivial as recreational marijuana should become our generation’s landmark issue for states’ rights. Not Obamacare. Not abortion. Not gun control. Not homosexual marriage. No. Marijuana is the one area leftists think the federal government should leave states sovereign. “Like, thus far and no farther, man. Chill with your tyranny and quit being so aggro.” Ridiculous.

  1. Remember her? She’s the “expert” sponsor of a gun control bill who didn’t realize you could reload a magazine. Perhaps she was stoned at the time? []