Ex-DEA Heads Want to Nullify State Laws

State laws in Washington and Colorado legalizing marijuana need to be nullified by the federal government immediately, say ex-DEA heads, citing — as usual — the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, which they take to mean that any old law, whether constitutional or not, binds the states.

“This is a no brainer,” said former DEA administrator Peter Bensinger. “It is outrageous that a lawsuit hasn’t been filed in federal court yet.”

It is a no brainer only in the sense that people who hold this interpretation of the Supremacy Clause may not have a brain. See NullificationFAQ.com for more. (Thanks to Thomas.)

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  • kirk

    “no brainer” is the most honest descriptor to come out of the district of cesspools in a very long time.

  • JTG

    It was inevitable that this would eventually happen: http://drudge.tw/ZmCjQh

    “UN: Colo., Wash. legal pot violates drug treaties

    A United Nations-based drug agency urged the United States government on Tuesday to challenge the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, saying the state laws violate international drug treaties.”

    How does this square with the supremacy clause?

    To my mind, the seventeenth amendment negated any “ratifying” authority the senate had for treaty-making, senators having been the states’ appointed representatives.

    To remedy this, senators must somehow be bound to the will of state legislatures when ratifying treaties, either through state laws, or a constitutional amendment.

  • JTG

    I would add to the above: declarations of war, and supreme court confirmations.

  • http://twitter.com/n1ghtstr1k3 Andrew Clark

    See here for Bensinger’s connection to big pharma.